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Patriots Daily: Super Wild Card Weekend; Head Coach Openings

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While the New England Patriots watch from home, Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud celebrates after their win against the Cleveland Browns in an NFL wild-card playoff football game Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

While the New England Patriots are already planning for the 2024 season, others continue to fight it out in the NFL Playoffs this weekend. The first two games of Super Wildcard Weekend were played yesterday. Both home teams advanced to the next round.

In the early game, the Houston Texans dominated the Cleveland Browns. Houston won 45-14. Cleveland led 14-10 in the second quarter, but it all went downhill from there. Browns QB Joe Flacco threw a pair of pick-sixes in the third quarter, sealing Cleveland’s fate. Texans rookie QB C.J. Stroud finished 16-of-21 for 274 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in the win.

Saturday Night Football saw the defending Super Bowl champions emerge victorious. The Kansas City Chiefs eliminated the Miami Dolphins, winning 26-7. Rookie WR Rashee Rice had 130 yards receiving a a touchdown for the Chiefs. The Dolphins offense was never able to get going. Kansas City held Miami to 264 yards of total offense, and Miami converted only 1-of-12 third down attempts.

Today’s NFL schedule (EST):

4:30 PM – Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

8:15 PM – Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions

Also in today’s Patriots Daily…

New England Patriots

Patriots Football Now – Former New England Patriots Players in the AFC Playoffs

Patriots Football Now – Eight Candidates to Replace Belichick in the Patriots Front Office

NFL News – Head Coach Openings

CBS Sports – Chargers coaching rumors: L.A. set to interview Jim Harbaugh next week

Commanders Wire – Lions OC Ben Johnson ‘firmly in play’ for Commanders job

Boston.com – Bill Belichick linked with vacant Falcons head coaching job

ESPN – Pete Carroll: Wasn’t football people who decided his fate with the Seahawks

Last Word on Sports – Surprising favorite emerges for Panthers head coaching position

Reuters – Raiders leaning toward keeping interim head coach Antonio Pierce

AP News – Titans interview Raiders interim HC and Ravens DC for head coach opening

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Fun Fact of the Day

The NFL All-Pro Team was announced this past week, with no New England Patriots named. The franchise record for most first-team All-Pro honors belongs to Hall of Fame offensive guard John Hannah with seven. No other Patriots player has been honored as such more than four times..

Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day is from Baku about the decision to postpone the Bills-Steelers playoff game in Buffalo…

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