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Saturday, January 12, 2013
Patriots now have home-field advantage

By James Walker

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots received some good fortune Saturday during the divisional round of the playoffs.

The top-seeded Denver Broncos were upset by the fifth-seeded Baltimore Ravens in overtime, 38-35, in the AFC playoffs. That means the second-seeded Patriots now have home-field advantage throughout the postseason. New England will host the Houston Texans on Sunday; the winner will host Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game.

New England trounced Houston in the regular season, 42-14, but must guard against being overconfident in the rematch. Another game at Gillette Stadium awaits if the Patriots can beat Houston for a second time in a row at home.

A potential meeting with Baltimore would also be a rematch from the regular season. The Ravens beat the Patriots, 31-30, in Week 3.