Pats first playoff game Jan. 14

January, 1, 2012
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The Patriots' first playoff game will be Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. ET, the NFL announced tonight.

The Patriots will play the lowest seeded team remaining in the AFC playoffs, either No. 4 Denver, No. 5 Pittsburgh or No. 6 Cincinnati.

With Cincinnati's wild-card game at Houston scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7, the Patriots could find out their opponent on that day if the Bengals win.

Wild-card round
Sat, Jan. 7:
Cincinnati at Houston (4:30 p.m. ET, NBC)
Sat, Jan. 7: Detroit at New Orleans (8 p.m. ET, NBC)
Sun, Jan. 8: Atlanta at Dallas/NY Giants (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
Sun, Jan. 8: Pittsburgh at Denver (4:30 p.m. ET, CBS)

Divisional round
Sat, Jan. 14:
New Orleans/Dallas/N.Y. Giants at San Francisco (4:30 p.m. ET, Fox)
Sat, Jan. 14: Denver/Pittsburgh/Cincinnati at New England (8 p.m. ET, CBS)
Sun, Jan. 15: Houston/Denver/Pittsburgh at Baltimore (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Sun, Jan. 15: Dallas/N.Y. Giants/Atlanta/Detroit at Green Bay (4:30 p.m. ET, Fox)

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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