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Belichick focused on Patriots, not their opponent

Defensive backs Logan Ryan (26) and Nate Ebner warm up prior to the Patriots’ practice on Wednesday.
Defensive backs Logan Ryan (26) and Nate Ebner warm up prior to the Patriots’ practice on Wednesday.Credit: yoon s. byun/globe staff

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FOXBOROUGH — For all the football knowledge Bill Belichick has amassed in his NFL coaching career, one thing he’s steered clear of is publicly predicting the outcome of upcoming games.

A pair of AFC playoff games this weekend will determine which team faces the Patriots on Jan. 11 at Gillette Stadium in the divisional round. But Belichick won’t go out on a limb.

As the No. 1 seed in the AFC, the Broncos are guaranteed to play the worst remaining seed after the wild-card round. If the sixth-seeded Chargers beat the No. 3 Bengals on Sunday, San Diego travels to Denver, and the Patriots will play the winner of Saturday’s Colts-Chiefs game. If the Bengals beat the Chargers, the Patriots will face Cincinnati.

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