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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Matt Light To Be Honored At Halftime On Monday Night During Patriots-Texans

There is no other way to say it, the next two weeks for the Patriots are going to be awesome: they play two consecutive nationally-televised games as they host the Texans (11-1) on Monday night (8:30 p.m., ESPN) and then the Niners (8-3-1) on the following Sunday night (8:20 p.m., NBC). Since Houston is in the AFC and the current No. 1 seed, it's not an understatement to say that Monday night is the biggest game of the regular season for New England.

With that in mind, it's nice to hear that the team is treating it like such and pulling out all the stops both on and off the field for their fans. Today it was announced that retired offensive tackle Matt Light will be honored at halftime on Monday. Kevin Faulk was similarly feted earlier this season. Light officially retired in May after playing his entire NFL career in New England (2001-2011). What's more, he revealed that he had competed while battling Crohn's disease.

I have no doubt that this will pull in Monday Night Football's biggest rating of the season (at least so far) since it is the best matchup. They've been cursed with a bunch of crappy games but that certainly won't be the case on Monday at Gillette Stadium. It's a huge contest in terms of playoff seeding in the AFC since a Texans win would basically ensure that they get the top seed and a bye while the Patriots would have to scrap for the second seed at best. Conversely, if New England can beat Houston, not only would it make it possible to get the No. 1 seed but more importantly, they could gain plenty of confidence knowing they beat the Texans and got one step closer to home-field in the AFC playoffs.

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