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The New England Patriots will play on primetime on Saturday, January 11th

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Jim Rogash

Tonight, the NFL announced that the New England Patriots will play their first playoff game on Saturday, January 11th, at 8:15 PM on CBS. To view the entire playoff schedule, click here.

The Patriots will face the highest seed out of the Bengals (3), Colts (4), or Chiefs (5), but they won't know until after Sunday afternoon's Wild Card game. While there are positives and negatives to each matchup, I think it makes sense to root for the Bengals to win. Even though the Patriots lost to them earlier this year, that familiarity can only help them in the playoffs.

Which team would you like the Patriots to matchup with in their playoff opener? Let me know in the comments below.