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With NFL’s regular season is in the books, the playoffs are upon us — and for the first time since January 2010, Wild Card weekend will feature the New England Patriots: after losing a first-round bye in Week 17, the team will have to take on a talented Tennessee Titans team that secured the sixth seed in the conference with a win in the regular season finale.
It’s do-or-die for both, so let’s find out how to actually follow the contest:
Game Information: #3 Patriots (12-4) vs #6 Titans (9-7)
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
SB Nation affiliate: Music City Miracles
The Patriots provide an in-depth breakdown on their website.
Network: CBS (national broadcast)
Broadcast team: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (color commentary), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)
The game will be carried locally by WBZ-TV Channel 4.
Station: Westwood One
Broadcast team: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Tony Boselli (color commentary), Laura Okmin (sideline)
Station: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub
Broadcast team: Bob Socci (play-by-play), Scott Zolak (color commentary)
98.5 FM is available through the following stations:
- Boston MA: WBZ 98.5 FM
- Springfield MA: WAQY 102.1 FM
- Worcester MA: WWFX 100.1 FM
- Milford MA: WMRC 101.3 FM / 1490 AM
- Portland ME: WBLM 102.9 FM
- Bangor ME: WEZQ 92.9 FM
- Hartford CT: WTIC 1080 AM
- Concord NH: WNNH 99.1 FM
- Burlington VT: WCPV 101.3 FM
- Providence RI: WPRO 630 AM
For additional stations, please check out the broadcast information on patriots.com.
Live streaming: fuboTV (click here to sign up)
International live streaming: International viewers can follow the game by using NFL Game Pass.
Line: Patriots -5
For more betting information, please visit DraftKings Nation.
Patriots fans entered the regular season finale feeling good about the team, and why wouldn’t they? New England had just secured the AFC East title by playing a strong game against the Buffalo Bills, and positioned itself well to earn a first-round bye in the playoffs. All that was needed was a home win over the lowly Miami Dolphins. Instead of beating their division rivals, however, the Patriots fell apart and played one of their worst games all year.
The 27-24 loss to Miami naturally hurt New England’s fan confidence, and a look at SB Nation’s latest FanPulse survey shows just how much. While heading into Week 17 with 85% of participants feeling good about the direction of the franchise at the moment, only 31% of fans feel the same way with Wild Card weekend on the horizon. After consistently ranking in the top teams throughout the season, the Patriots are now only 21st league-wide and 11th out of the 12 playoff teams (only the Houston Texans have a worse approval rating).
Tennessee, on the other hand, feels quite good about its team at this point in time: after registering a 74% last week — quite the growth from a season-low 0% in Week 10 — 89% of participating fans said that they would feel good about where the team is headed. This does not come as a surprise, considering that the Titans locked up a playoff spot for just the second time since 2008 by beating the Texans on Sunday.
If you too are interested in participating in our FanPulse survey, please click here!
Pats Pulpit coverage
Podcasts: The Pats Pulpit podcasts will have extensive breakdowns after the game. Subscribe here to stay up to date:
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