Now that Sunday's AFC action is complete, we know who the Patriots could face in the Divisional Round at Gillette Stadium in two weeks. It will be either the Raiders, Texans or Dolphins who will travel to New England . . . and be heavy underdogs.
PATRIOTS 35, DOLPHINS 14
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When the Raiders lost to the Broncos and the Chiefs beat the Chargers on Sunday afternoon, Kansas City took over the No. 2 seed and Oakland fell to the No. 5 seed. As a result, the Raiders will take on the fourth-seeded Texans in Houston in the Wild Card Round. If the No. 6 seed Dolphins lose to the No. 3 seed Steelers, then the Patriots will take on the winner of the Texans and Raiders.
If the Dolphins upset Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, then they'll make their way to Gillette Stadium for the second time this season. For the Patriots, that should make the preparation process a little easier since they beat up on Miami in the regular-season finale, 35-14.
Whoever the Patriots play, they'll see a team that has endured significant quarterback issues of late.
The Raiders lost starter Derek Carr to a broken leg in Week 16, and then backup Matt McGloin injured his left shoulder in the regular-season finale, putting rookie Connor Cook behind center for the first time.
The Texans were forced to bench $72-million man Brock Osweiler for Tom Savage late in the year, but Savage was knocked from Sunday's game against the Titans with a concussion, giving Osweiler his job back temporarily.
The Dolphins have gone with backup Matt Moore since Ryan Tannehill suffered a Grade 2 tear of his MCL and a slight tear of his ACL in Week 14. They may continue to go with Moore in the playoffs, but Tannehill has not been ruled out for postseason play.