FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- All's quiet in Gillette Stadium for the moment.
The sun is out, but shadows are covering the field. Some players are going through warm-ups in the sweatsuits. The gates are open, but only a handful of fans are in their seats. It's the calm before the storm.
"I believe in trash talk, but I believe in talking once you get on the field," ESPN analyst Cris Carter said on "Sunday NFL Countdown."
There are all sorts of ways to enhance your viewing pleasure for Sunday's playoff showdown.
In addition to updates, videos and other assorted bric-a-brac here on the AFC East blog, ESPNNewYork.com and ESPNBoston.com each has several writers on scene for updates and analysis.
You also can join in our "Countdown Live" chat, which will run throughout the game with commentary from Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson, KC Joyner (aka the Football Scientist), ESPN Stats & Information researchers, ESPN regional reporters Rich Cimini, Jane McManus, Mike Reiss, Mike Rodak and me.
I'll return shortly with inactives for the game, but here's The Weather Channel's report: Conditions as I type this are 31 degrees with winds gusting between 15 and 26 mph. The temperature is expected to drop to about 22 degrees by the end of the game with a 10 percent chance of snow.