The New England Patriots home field advantage through conference play locked up, regardless of their outcome this week when they host the Buffalo Bills. Meanwhile, the Bills just can’t catch a break after narrowly missing the playoffs for a record 15th straight season. Sitting at 8-7, they can finish the year with a win on the road and claim nine wins for their 2014 campaign.
Tickets to this week’s game are still rather pricey with a current average price of $212. The cheapest tickets available start at $111 to get in to Gillette Stadium.
After Week 4, if you had told many fans that the last week of the year would be meaningless for New England, many would have believed the Pats would have been eliminated from the playoffs. Now, fans are thinking Super Bowl. At present, Super Bowl tickets at SB Tickets are available for as low as $2,000. Super Bowl tickets have an average price of $3,350 currently, though that price could fluctuate depending on who makes the big game. If the Patriots advance, a meeting with either the Cowboys or packers could create quite a bit of demand.
Tom Brady and company come into Week 17 putting on the finishing touches of an awesome charge. The Pats entered week five at just 2-2 with the NFL world betting they were regressing. Brady and company answered that criticism by going 11-1 over their next 12 games. Once thought to be fading, Brady has actually turned in one of his best seasons, putting up over 4,000 yards with 33 touchdowns to just nine picks.
Brady was on fire the last time he faced the Bills, who have an elite defensive line and run defense, but not necessarily a top shelf secondary. Despite likely not having to play the entire game, Brady should once again find success with a matchup that is bound to favor the Patriots.
In a game that to some would come off as meaningless, the Pats can still improve their record to 13-3 and beat a division rival. That’s a pretty good way to end the regular season and kick start a deep playoff run.