Somehow, someway, the New England Patriots control their path to the playoffs.
Bill Belichick’s squad moved to 8-8 on the season with a New Year’s Day win over the Miami Dolphins. Mac Jones tossed two touchdown passes, but it was the defense that got the better of Miami’s backup QBs to keep New England’s postseason chances alive.
The Pats enter Week 18 as the AFC’s No. 7 seed and are just one victory away from clinching a playoff spot, but they will need to get that win at the place where their 2021 campaign came crashing down.
The team will travel to Buffalo for a Week 18 tilt against the Bills. Josh Allen and Co. steamrolled to an AFC East crown and are among the top contenders in the conference. Buffalo already beat New England at Gillette Stadium in Week 13 after dominating last season’s wild card showdown.
Of course, football has been the last thing on anyone’s mind in Buffalo and across the NFL. Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during Monday night’s game in Cincinnati due to a cardiac arrest, leading to the postponement of the game. The Associated Press reported that Bills-Bengals would not resume at all, and the NFL announced earlier in the week that it had not changed anything with its Week 18 schedule.
Here’s everything to know for the Patriots’ regular season finale against the Bills.
When is the Patriots vs. Bills Week 18 game?
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The Week 18 Patriots-Bills game will take place on Sunday, Jan. 8, at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
What time is the Patriots vs. Bills Week 18 game?
Kickoff time for Patriots-Bills is set for 1 p.m. ET.
How to watch Patriots vs. Bills in Week 18
Patriots-Bills will air on CBS. Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (analysis) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline) will be on the call.
Patriots Pregame Live begins on NBC Sports Boston at 12 p.m. ET. Amina Smith, Tom E. Curran, Michael Holley, Phil Perry, former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel and MMQB’s Albert Breer bring you coverage on the show.
After the final whistle, tune in to NBC Sports Boston for Patriots Postgame Live around 4 p.m. ET. You can watch both shows live here and in the MyTeams app.
How to stream Patriots vs. Bills live online
Free streaming option: FuboTV (free trial)
Live stream: NFL+ , Paramount+
Mobile app: NFL mobile app, Paramount+ app
How to listen to Patriots vs. Bills on the radio
Station: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Broadcast team: Bob Socci (play-by-play), Scott Zolak (analysis)
What is the weather forecast for Patriots vs. Bills Week 18?
NBC Boston forecasts a high of 36 degrees with mixed sun and clouds on Sunday in Buffalo. There is a 17% chance of precipitation and winds are expected to be between 5 and 10 mph.
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