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NFL sets Saturday kickoff for Patriots-Bills Week 16 matchup

The league finalized Buffalo’s December visit to New England on Tuesday.

New England Patriots vs Buffalo Bills Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald

The 8-1 New England Patriots will meet the 6-3 Buffalo Bills again in Week 16 of the regular season.

Both sides can now put a time and date on their calendars.

The NFL announced Tuesday that the AFC East kickoff at Gillette Stadium has been set for 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 21.

When the league released its 2019 schedule in the spring, the Patriots-Bills rematch was among a handful of Week 16 games under to-be-determined terms for either Saturday or Sunday.

And Saturday, late afternoon on NFL Network, it is.

The Houston Texans versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will precede Patriots-Bills in the 1 p.m. ET Saturday window. The Los Angeles Rams versus the San Francisco 49ers will follow in the tripleheader’s 8:15 p.m. ET slot.

New England outlasted Buffalo for a 16-10 victory at New Era Field in September.