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FOXBOROUGH — Welcome to Gillette Stadium, where we are about four hours to kickoff for tonight’s AFC first-round playoff game between the Patriots and Jaguars.

The current temperature is 32 degrees, which figures to drop a bit as kickoff nears. It should be clear tonight.

In one sign that this game has more meaning than a regular-season contest, the press box will be filled with writers from across the country. Notable national football writers like Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News are here. Other newspapers that have seats reserved in the press box include USA Today, the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Kansas City Star, Indianapolis Star, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post and Denver the Rocky Mountain News.

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The Indianapolis Colts have two scouts in attendance tonight, as do the New York Giants.

Looking out onto the field at this time, you can see Patriots Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Pioli, a white towel wrapped around his neck, checking out the playing surface. The field looks like one would expect it to at this time of year: chewed up. Last week, Dolphins kicker Olindo Mare was commenting on how little traction he had.

Looking ahead, we’ll plan on posting updates throughout the night. Hope you enjoy following along.

–Mike

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