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Dec 29, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) claps his hands before their game against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Setting The AFC Playoff Matchups


Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) gives a thumbs up to cheering fans against the Houston Texans during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Broncos won 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The regular season is finally over, which means it is time for the playoffs to begin. The Patriots have the two seed, and they will get to sit out the first round. Here are the wild card matchups in the AFC.

(3) Cincinnati vs. (6) San Diego

(4) Indianapolis vs. (5) Kansas City

The Pats will face the highest remaining seed, while the Broncos will get the lower seed. The dates and times for these initial matchups have not been set, but the two games will be played next weekend.

In my opinion, the best case scenario for New England would be for the Chargers to upset the Bengals, and the Colts take down the Chiefs. If this were to transpire, the Patriots would be able to avoid the terrific Bengals defense, and they would get the mediocre Indianapolis defense. I don’t see that team coming into Foxboro and beating Tom Brady and his recently explosive running game, and this would set up a Patriots and Broncos AFC Championship Game (which is what we all want).

I am sure that Belichick’s group will be ready for whoever comes their way, and honestly, who in the AFC do you think that can beat the Patriots right now? It is a wide open race, and I am absolutely stoked for it to get started.

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