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Houston Texans at New England Patriots: AFC Divisional Open Thread

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HOUSTON TEXANS (10-7) DIV NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (14-2)

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Date: 14 January 2017
Location: Foxborough, MA
Time: 7:00 PM Central Stadium: Gillette Stadium
TV: CBS Radio: XM Ch 225 (HOU)/82 (NE)
Sirius Ch 81 (HOU)/82 (NE)
TV Announcers: Jim Nantz
Phil Simms
Know Thy Foes: Battle Red Blog
Pats Pulpit
Weather: 27 degrees, wins from SW at 5 MPH, 0% chance of precip
Line: New England -16, Over/Under 44.5 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Patriots 31, Texans 13
Final Score: Patriots 34, Texans 16

The AFC gets their opportunity to take the field for the Divisional Round in this one, as the top-seeded New England Patriots will play host to the Houston Texans, who dispatched Oakland last weekend in the Wild Card round.

These two teams met back in Week 3, and it was pretty ugly for the Texans. New England trounced Houston to the tune of 27-0. . .without Tom Brady. The Patriots were actually rolling with their third-string quarterback, rookie Jacoby Brissett, and still made things look easy against a Texans team that looked thoroughly overmatched. There's a reason that the home team is a double-digit favorite in this one. . .and a reason I think they cover that spread.

Should the Patriots win, they will host the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium next Sunday night. If the Texans pull what would be a monumental upset, they will travel to either Kansas City or Pittsburgh for next week's AFC title game.

Enjoy the game, folks!