The Buffalo Bills took control of the AFC East with a dominating 33-21 win over the New England Patriots in Week 16.
If the Bills are to win their second straight division title, they must win their final two games, a mission that begins with Sunday’s 1 p.m. EST home game against the Atlanta Falcons at Highmark Stadium in Week 17.
Unlike last week’s declaration victory over New England – which was CBS’s first broadcast for most of the country – this week’s home game against the Falcons will be FOX’s main TV show only for fans residing in the teams’ main markets.
Other people who will get this AFC East/NFC South cross-play include those who live in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wyoming (where Josh Allen played collegiately) and part of Nebraska.
FOX sends Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Mark Sanchez (analyst) and Laura Okmin (secondary reporter) to Orchard Park to cover the Bills against the Falcons.
The areas that can see the game are highlighted in yellow (map provided by 506sports):
Besides Buffalo hosting Atlanta, the rest of FOX’s premiere slate includes the Los Angeles Rams at the Baltimore Ravens (in red), the Philadelphia Eagles at the Washington Football Team (in blue), the Raiders from Las Vegas to the Indianapolis Colts (in green), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the New York Jets (orange).
Sunday’s game is the 13th all-time meeting between the Bills and the Falcons. Atlanta leads the all-time series 7-5, but the Bills prevailed in the last game by a score of 23-17 on October 1, 2017.
In that game, Stephen Hauschka scored three field goals in the fourth quarter, Tre’Davious White recovered a fumble and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown, Charles Clay caught five passes for 112 yards, and Micah Hyde intercepted Matt Ryan twice to power the Bills to victory.
It will be Atlanta’s first trip to Orchard Park in 16 years, when the Falcons beat the Bills 24-16 on September 25, 2005. The Bills technically hosted the Falcons on December 1, 2013, but this game, a 34- 31 The Falcons’ overtime win was played at Rogers Center in Toronto.