If the Patriots find a way to beat Josh Allen and the Bills, New England is in the playoffs.


Inactives, 11:30 a.m.:

Patriots: DB Jalen Mills, TE Jonnu Smith, DB Shaun Wade, DL Sam Roberts, DB Joshuah Bledsoe, RB Kevin Harris, DB Brenden Schooler.

Bills: DB Jared Mayden, DB Christian Benford, LB Baylon Spector, OL Ike Boettger, OL Justin Murray, TE Tommy Sweeney.

Pregame notes, 11 a.m.

It’s win or [most likely] go home for the Patriots against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

As the NFL regular season draws to a close, New England finds itself trying to hang on to the seventh and final spot in the AFC playoff picture.

A win puts New England in the playoffs. A loss could too if both Miami and Pittsburgh lose as well.

The Patriots, whose depth at defensive back has been limited by injuries, will take on one of the top-5 offenses in the NFL.

Then there’s the emotion of Buffalo’s first game after safety Damar Hamlin collapsed last week against Cincinnati. An episode of cardiac arrest caused him to be given CPR on the field and taken off the field in an ambulance.

Hamlin is awake, but still in critical condition as he recovers. He FaceTimed earlier with the team and has tweeted a message thanking supporters who wished him the best for his recovery.

The Bills notched a convincing 24-10 win over the Patriots in December at Gillette Stadium the last time the teams met. Josh Allen’s numbers –22 of 33 for 233 yards and no interceptions — weren’t terribly far off from Mac Jones’s production (22 of 36 for 195 yards and one touchdown).

But, the Bills racked up more than twice as many touchdowns as the Patriots did and went 3 for 3 in the red zone.

Will the Patriots’ defense keep them in the game long enough to give them a shot at scratching and clawing their way to both a winning season and a playoff berth?

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