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2019 NFL playoffs: How often do teams lose coming out of a first-round bye?

The New England Patriots will enter the NFL’s playoffs on Sunday: as the second seed in the AFC, they will host the highest remaining wild card team in the conference. Home field will not be the only advantage the Patriots will have against the Los Angeles Chargers, though, as the team is also coming off a week of rest — nothing unusual for New England: for the ninth year in a row, Bill Belichick’s club has earned a first-round bye.

Just like the other three teams hosting a game this weekend, the Patriots are favored to win their matchup both by the bookmakers and by the folks over at FiveThirtyEight.