Patriots coach Bill Belichick made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Tuesday. The Patriots beat the Bills 49-21 on Sunday to finish a 13-3 regular season and earn the top seed, a bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Belichick was asked if the level of play changes dramatically in the postseason.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning, two days after leading the Patriots to a 49-21 comeback victory over the Bills.

While there was concern that the Patriots fell behind by three touchdowns to an inferior opponent for the second straight week, Brady said the team never lost its confidence.

Report Card Time as we take a look at Sunday's win over the Bills and the regular season in total.



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Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has been granted permission to interview for the head coaching job in Jacksonville, according to a Tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter. Schefter also indicated that O'Brien is still in the mix for the Penn State job, saying O'Brien is still "squarely on Penn (State's) radar." For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

According to Charlie Casserly of CBS Sports, Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will not be the next Penn State football coach.

FOXBORO -- Just after 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, everything changed for the Patriots.



FOXBORO -- The NFL announced its playoff schedule Sunday night for the first two weekends of the playoffs, with the Patriots playing their AFC divisional round game on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on CBS. 

We know there are plenty of questions surrounding this Patriots team (the worst great team in history?) as they get ready to try to win a playoff game for the first time during the Obama administration. 



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FOXBORO -- Stevie Johnson was warned by Bills coach Chan Gailey not to cost the team again with a celebration penalty after his flag against the Jets on Nov. 27. True to his words, Gailey benched Johnson after his celebration following his first and only TD catch of the game in the first quarter. After hauling in an 18-yard TD from Ryan Fitzpatrick, Johnson lifted his jersey to reveal a T-shirt that read, "Happy New Year."

FOXBORO -- With backup Brian Hoyer in at quarterback and the Patriots leading, 49-21, Bill Belichick called a play for Rob Gronkowski with under a minute remaining. The 22-yard reception along the left sideline gave Gronkowski the new NFL receiving record for tight ends, as Gronkowski finished with 1,327 yards for the season, 17 more than Jimmy Graham of the Saints, who finished his game with the Panthers several minutes earlier.