How to watch Patriots vs. Bills: Wild card weekend


It’s the conclusion of the trilogy.

The New England Patriots will face the Buffalo Bills for their third matchup in 40 days, this time a primetime wild card showdown with the winner moving on to the AFC divisional round.

Round 1 of the series went to the Pats in blustery Buffalo. Mac Jones famously compiled just three passing attempts as New England held on for a 14-10 win on Monday Night Football. The victory put the Patriots in the driver’s seat in both the AFC East and the conference as a whole as they entered their bye week on a seven-game winning streak.

Since then? It’s been a rocky road for New England.

The team lost three of its last four games of the season following the bye week, including Round 2 of the Pats-Bills saga. Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense came to Gillette Stadium in Week 16 and took command of the game, going the entire 60 minutes without a punt or turnover. On the other side, a strong running game helped the Patriots put points on the board despite a dismal outing from Jones. Buffalo re-took the division lead with a 33-21 win and finished out the season with victories over the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets.

If the Patriots had beaten the Miami Dolphins in Week 18, they would be the No. 5 seed and off to Cincinnati for the wild card round. Instead, they now go into enemy territory with hopes of winning the season series against their division rival.

Here’s all the info you need to watch the must-see wild card bout:

What time do the Patriots play the Bills?

Kickoff between the Patriots and Bills is set for 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 15, at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.

What TV channel is Patriots vs. Bills on?

Patriots-Dolphins will air on CBS. Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analysis) and Evan Washburn (sideline) will be on the call.

Patriots Pregame Live begins on NBC Sports Boston at 7 p.m. ET. Michael Holley, Tom E. Curran, Ted Johnson, Matt Cassel, Albert Breer and Phil Perry bring you coverage on the show. Watch the show live here and in the MyTeams app.

The crew returns for Patriots Postgame Live on NBC Sports Boston after the Pats-Bills game to break down the result. Watch the show live here and in the MyTeams app.

How to stream Patriots vs. Bills live online

Live stream: Paramount+

Mobile app: Paramount+ app, Yahoo! Sports app

Free streaming option: FuboTV (free trial)

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)

Who is favored Bills or Patriots?

Buffalo is favored to advance to the divisional round. The team is a 4.5-point favorite for Saturday’s wild card game, according to our partner, PointsBet.

Check out the full betting preview for the game here.

Patriots vs. Bills weather forecast: Sub-zero temperatures possible

Weather was a major factor the first time these two teams met in Buffalo, and it could play a role again on Saturday.

The forecast expects the high temperature to stay in single digits while the low can drop into the negatives. On top of that, there is an ever-so-slight chance of snow.

While the temperature is expected to be frigid, the wind will be a bit more mild than it was back in Week 13. Winds are expected to remain below 10 mph. 

Editor's note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.

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