What Bostonians need to know this week

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The words on the ring message board read "Patriots Win", which they did Saturday, sending quarterback Tom Brady and his teammates back into the bright lights of their seventh consecutive AFC Championship game on Sunday versus the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars. –Jim Davis / The Boston Globe

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What to know this week:

What to know about the Jags: After upsetting the Steelers at home Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be the Patriots’ opponent in the AFC Championship game — but these Jags aren’t the blunder-plagued team most NFL fans are accustomed to. From their disruptive defense to their hot-and-cold offense, Rachel Bowers has a closer look at the team standing between the Patriots and the Super Bowl.


Still winter: Hope you enjoyed the near-60-degree weather while it lasted. The temperatures plunged back below freezing Sunday and are expected to stay that way through Monday. Residents in southeastern Massachusetts might even get a couple inches of snow Monday, with more on the way later in the week.

“Enough that we may have to shovel,” a National Weather Service Meterologist told The Boston Globe.

Projected snowfall Monday. —NWS Boston via Twitter

On the front lines of the opioid crisis: Gov. Charlie Baker is pushing a new bill that would credential recovery coaches for opioid addicts and allow officials to bring “high-risk individuals” to substance abuse treatment centers — even against their will.

They’re back: One year after the historic demonstrations following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, local organizers are planning a second Boston-area Women’s March this Saturday on Cambridge Common. This year’s march — titled The People Persist — is set to be attended by nearly 7,000 people, according to Facebook.

What you missed over the weekend:

Another year, another AFC title game: The Patriots coasted to a win against the Tennessee Titans in their divisional-round playoff game Saturday night thanks to a career game by Danny Amendola and early touchdowns by Super Bowl LI hero James White. Here are the primary takeaways you need to know if you missed the game. Check out all of Boston.com’s expansive postgame Patriots coverage here.


Dreaming for a deal: In the wake of his widely reported denigratory remarks about immigrants from Africa and Haiti, President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that DACA is “probably dead,” suggesting that a deal to shield recipients of the program — immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children — from deportation was unlikely.

#MeToo movement takes another local turn: Watertown-bred actress Eliza Dushku revealed on Saturday that she was sexually molested by a top Holloywood stunt coordinator back in 1994 when she was a 12-year-old filming “True Lies” (the stunt coordinator, Joel Kramer, denies the allegations). Meanwhile, Michelle Williams released a statement praising Mark Wahlberg for the Dorchester-born actor’s decision to donate the money he earned re-filming parts of “All the Money in the World” to a sexual misconduct legal defense fund.

Who are you for?: Mitt Romney reportedly told the governor of Utah in a text message that he’s running for Senate in his new home state. But will the former Massachusetts governor be a Trump friend or foe?

What’s happening in Boston:

How to commemorate MLK Day: In addition to the traditional Martin Luther King Jr. events in Boston, a number of local museums and parks are offering free entrance Monday in honor of the legendary civil rights leader.

Bigger than hip hop: Dead Prez has been in the game for more than two decades, and on Saturday night the veteran indie duo is bringing their oft-political verses to the Brighton Music Hall. Tickets here.

Speaking of empowerment: The Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation is hosting a women’s self defense workshop at 10 a.m. Sunday at Boston University. The foundation, formed last year in memory of the 27-year-old Massachusetts murdered while out on a run, seeks to promote female empowerment.

This week’s Patriots schedule:


Sunday, Jan. 21: 3:05 p.m. versus the Jacksonville Jaguars on CBS

This week’s Celtics schedule:

Tuesday, Jan. 16: 7:30 p.m. versus the New Orleans Pelicans on NBC Sports Boston

Thursday, Jan. 18: 7 p.m. versus the Philadelphia 76ers on NBC Sports Boston and TNT

Sunday, Jan. 21: 1 p.m. versus the Orlando Magic on NBC Sports Boston

This week’s Bruins schedule:

Monday, Jan. 15: 1 p.m. versus the Dallas Stars on NESN

Wednesday, Jan. 17: 7:30 p.m. versus the Montreal Canadiens on NBC Sports

Thursday, Jan. 18: 7 p.m. at the New York Islanders on NESN

Saturday, Jan. 20: 7 p.m. at the Montreal Canadiens on NESN