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A shorter version this week, as I spent a lot of time researching the previous post during the week. There may be another post this weekend on the game and coverage.

Once again this weekend, sports fans of New England will be watching the Patriots in the playoffs. This time it is a Divisional Playoff game in Denver against the Broncos Saturday night at 8:00.

CBS has the game, and local affiliate CBS4 Boston will have a one hour pregame show starting at 7:00 and then will have “Fifth Quarter” immediately following the game.

Tonight (Friday) WCVB Channel 5 will have a special edition of Patriots All Access aired from Denver. The show will be see at 7:00. According the Mike Reiss in his blog Thursday, the show will feature “interviews scheduled with linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, tight end Benjamin Watson, as well as a behind-the-scenes look of practice.”

WEEI will again have “Patriots Sunday” on Saturday morning to start off your Patriots coverage over the radio waves. WBCN will have their Pregame show starting at 5:00 PM. ESPN Boston will have former Patriot Russ Francis and Kevin Winter on their Patriots pregame show starting at 6:00.

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For the weekend, you can check in here and get links on the following pages:

Sports Media Reporters From Around the Country:

David Scott, BSMW – Cartel Creator Comments aka Howard Bryant Checks In.

Mark Blaudschun, Boston Globe – The ‘5th’ is worth taking in.

Richard Sandomir, New York Times – Mets’ New Network Makes Great Calls.

Phil Mushnick, New York Post – A Spit In The Face Of Logic

Bob Raissman, New York Daily News – Mex marks spot in Met booth.

Neil Best, New York Newsday – NBC: One more shot with NHL.

Michael Hiestand, USA Today – NBC set to take shot at NHL.

Chris Zelkovich, Toronto Star – NBC focuses on real fans for broadcasts.

Jim Williams, DC Examiner – Getting SIRIUS about the Skins.

Barry Jackson, Miami Herald – Mixed reviews for changes. (NFL)

Ed Sherman, Chicago Tribune – Sports-talk battle goes to