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Patriots’ bye no guarantee of Super berth

Now that the four wild-card games are over, the four teams that had the weekend off — the Broncos, Patriots, Falcons, and 49ers — can begin to sharpen their preparations, with their opponents finally determined.

Those with first-round byes have plenty going for them in the divisional round. They’ll be playing at home, and will have had an opportunity to get healthy — or at least healthier — during the week off. All four teams that earned a bye are favored this weekend, according to the oddsmakers.

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