Patriots-Broncos game notes: A potential clinch day for Pats

Patriots-Broncos game notes: A potential clinch day for Pats

A quick look at the information you need to know about today's Patriots-Broncos game:

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 11-2, Broncos 8-5

GAME TIME: 4:25 p.m. EST


TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson


NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Adam Amin, Bill Polian and Ian Fitzsimmons

LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak


LAST MEETING: Broncos 20, Patriots 18 on Jan. 24, 2016 at Sports Authority Field (2015 AFC Championship Game)

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-- This is the sixth consecutive season that the Patriots and Broncos have met in the regular season. They have also met in the playoffs three times over that span. The Pats are 4-1 in the regular-season games and 1-2 in the playoffs for an overall 5-3 record.

-- The Patriots are 9-21 in games played in Denver over their history, including a 2 -7 mark at Invesco Field/Sports Authority Field.

-- Tom Brady is 5-6 against the Broncos in regular-season games and 1-3 in the playoffs.

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-- The Patriots can clinch the AFC East title with a win. If they win, they will also clinch a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.

-- If the Patriots win the AFC East title, they will set an NFL record for consecutive division championships with eight. They are currently tied with the 1973-79 Rams with seven straight division titles.

-- If the Patriots win the AFC East title, Bill Belichick will set an NFL record for most division championships by a head coach, with 14. He is currently tied with Tom Landry and Don Shula at 13.

-- If the Patriots qualify for the playoffs, it will be their 18th postseason berth in the 23 seasons since 1994. The Packers can also reach 18 if they qualify this season. No other NFL team currently has more than 16 over that span.

-- If the Patriots qualify for the playoffs, they will become the fifth team in NFL history to make the playoffs in at least eight consecutive seasons. They last missed the postseason in 2008.

-- If the Patriots win today, they will clinch their seventh consecutive 12-victory season, which would tie them with the 2003-09 Colts for most consecutive 12-win seasons since the 1970 merger.

-- With another rushing touchdown, LeGarrette Blount will break the franchise single-season record for rushing TDs. He currently has 14, tying him with Curtis Martin (who rushed for 14 in both 1995 and 1996).

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-- REFEREE: Walt Anderson. UMPIRE: Butch Hannah. HEAD LINESMAN: Jerod Phillips. LINE JUDGE: Byron Boston. FIELD JUDGE: John Jenkins. SIDE JUDGE: Laird Hayes. BACK JUDGE: Greg Wilson. REPLAY OFFICIAL: Billy Smith.

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.