Hosting playoff games in Foxborough used to be rarity for the New England Patriots and its fans prior to the Robert Kraft era.
In fact, the Patriots hosted just one playoff game in the first 34 years of the franchise's history - a loss to the Houston Oilers in 1978 - prior to Kraft buying the team in 1994.
Since then, the Patriots have qualified for the playoffs 14 times, including 12 times as AFC East division champions. With a 12-4 regular season record in 2012, the Patriots claimed their fourth consecutive division title and enter this year’s playoffs as the second seed in the AFC.
It is the fourth time in franchise history that the team has earned the second seed. What's better is that in three of those seasons the Patriots advanced to the Super Bowl. Historically, that home-field advantage has helped propel the Patriots through the playoffs, as they have won an NFL-best 13 of the last 15 home playoff games.
And with the 2012 regular season in the books, the Patriots once again turn their attention to playoff success as Foxborough turns its attention to being the site of an NFL playoff game for the ninth time since Gillette Stadium opened a decade ago.
That AFC Divisional Round game will be played in Foxborough on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m. and after fulfilling orders for Patriots season ticket holders and Patriots wait list members this week, the remaining tickets will be placed on sale to the general public on Monday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. exclusively through Ticketmaster.
Playoff tickets will not be sold at the Gillette Stadium Ticket Office. Ticket orders can be processed one of two ways, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone by calling 800-745-3000 only. Visa, a proud sponsor of the National Football League and the New England Patriots, will be the only accepted form of payment.
Tickets are very limited, with mostly single seats available. There will be a four-ticket limit per person. Single tickets are available in each price category, which is set by the NFL. The individual ticket prices for the AFC Divisional Playoff Games range from $220 (100 Level Sideline) to $100 (300 Level).
The Patriots will not know their AFC Divisional Round game opponent until results from this weekend's Wild Card round start to come in. If the Houston Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday afternoon then Houston would be the team the Pats play in Foxborough. If Houston loses Saturday then the Patriots Divisional Round opponent becomes the winner of Sunday's Indianapolis Colts/Baltimore Ravens game.