The NFL playoffs are about to get underway, and the New England Patriots are in a position that they are not used to being in – on the outside, looking in. No one expected that the Patriots would be world beaters after the departure of longtime stalwart Tom Brady, but many were likely holding out hope that the team could have at least made things a little more interesting down the stretch.

The Cam Newton “experiment” hasn’t exactly turned out the way that Bill Belichick had hoped, but stubbornly, every time he was asked at a post-game press conference about the quarterback situation, his response was always to effect of “Cam is our quarterback” and that was that. What Newton’s future is with the team is uncertain, but many feel he won’t be back next season – and he likely won’t be. He did however show what he is capable of with the Patriots final game 28-14 win over the Jets. Newton had his first game this season with multiple touchdown passes, going 21 of 30 for 242 yards.

The Patriots finished this COVID-19 plagued season with a record of 7-9. They failed to qualify for the post season for the first time in eleven years. The Patriots had previously reached the Super Bowl five times over the last eleven years, winning three of them. Meantime, Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers are headed for a Wildcard Round match-up with the Washington Football team this weekend.

If you’re a Patriots fan and haven’t decided to tune out the rest of the football season, here are the teams that will fight it out for a trip to the Super Bowl starting on Saturday: Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Football Team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, and Chicago Bears.

See the schedule for Wild Card Weekend HERE.

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