The Patriots controlled their own destiny.
If they won out, they'd at least have the No. 2 seed. But a loss to the 49ers dropped them to No. 3.
Not only does that mean they have to play Wild Card weekend, but if they win they're scheduled to play the Denver Broncos in Denver.
That won't be easy.
Gary Tanguay, Mike Felger, and Patriots Football Weekly's Paul Perillo discuss the bumpy road ahead.
"I think Denver is a pretty good football team, and I think the Patriots are a pretty good football team, so having to play them at Denver is not as good as playing them in New England," Perillo said.
Felger agrees, but still likes Pats in that matchup assuming they get there.
Who knows how New England will fair the week before, against, say, Pittsburgh.
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has backed down from his threat to sue the NFL over commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension, is adamant about his fellow owners discussing it at a Dec. 13 meeting, according to Pro Football Talk.
Here's more from Charean Williams of NBCSports.com's Pro Football Talk.
Tom Brady was back at practice Thanksgiving morning despite an Achilles' injury that kept him out of Wednesday session.
TB12 was also playing hurt in the kitchen later Thursday as he posted a photo of him preparing Thanksgiving biscuits for his holiday feast.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I wanted to say how much I love and appreciate you all for the support you have given me....Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, November 23, 2017
Brady's wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, also took to social media to post photos of the biscuit master and family jumping for joy to celebrate Turkey Day. Tom's rocking the Uggs of course, but watch that sore Achilles'!