A spot in the playoffs hangs in the balance for the New England Patriots in a daunting road trip to Highmark Stadium to take on the Buffalo Bills.
The Patriots offense got flat-out dismantled when these two AFC East divisional rivals met up back in Week 13. Now, they’ll be headed to Orchard Park to face a Bills team in an incredibly emotional atmosphere, following the tragic incident at Monday Night Football with safety Damar Hamlin.
The 24-year-old defensive back suffered cardiac arrest on the field and was transported to UC Medical Center in Cincinnati and listed in critical condition. Thankfully, his breathing tube was reportedly removed, and he has been alert, as of Friday morning.
This is amazing: For the first time, #Bills S Damar Hamlin is addressing the team via Facetime. The breathing tube is out, and he’s spent the morning speaking to various teammates on Facetime. Now, he’s delivering a message to the entire group, I’m told.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 6, 2023
Patriots captain Matthew Slater admitted the atmosphere in Buffalo on Sunday will be unlike anything he’s ever experienced. There will be a rallying cry from the Bills in an effort to get the win for Hamlin. So the Patriots will be facing an Everest-sized uphill climb.
However, a victory for New England means they’d lock up a spot in the postseason. Here’s how to watch the game.
New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills
Sunday, Jan. 8, 1:00 p.m. ET
Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
FuboTV (try it free)
WBZ-TV Channel 4
98.5 The Sports Hub
SiriusXM: New England (384) and Buffalo (228)
SiriusXM App: New England (821) and Buffalo (803)
Money line: Patriots +260, Bills -320
Against the spread (ATS): Patriots +7, Bills -7
Over/Under (O/U): 42
Temperature – 37 degrees
Precipitation – 6%
Wind – 5mph