The New England Patriots' playoff campaign starts with an automatic win, thanks to an impressive 12-4 season that secured a first-round bye.
From there, things get tougher, as New England will host one of the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts or Kansas City Chiefs. If they survive that bout, they'll either travel to Denver for an AFC Championship Game against the Broncos, or host the San Diego Chargers.
Then, of course, there's the prospect of the Super Bowl in New Jersey against the NFC's elite.
Let's take a look at six opposing players the Patriots will need to be prepared for in January and (hopefully) February.