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Patriots clinch top seed in AFC with win over Jets

01 January, 2018, 00:22 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Bill Belichick Laughs At Mother Nature, Wears Shorts In 9 Degree Cold

The Patriots are hosting the New York Jets with an opportunity to clinch home-field advantage with a victory and, unlike the Pittsburgh Steelers who could still win home-field advantage with a win and a Patriots loss but chose to rest their starters anyways, New England is pulling out all the stops.

Belichick, though? This is beach weather for him.

The win clinched the seventh 13-win season for the Patriots (13-3), which is second in National Football League history to San Francisco's nine seasons.

The Patriots last lost a playoff game at home during the 2013 playoffs when the Baltimore Ravens defeated them 28-13 in the AFC Championship Game.

While people are tailgating, wind chills will be around -3 in Foxboro and below zero pretty much everywhere in Southern New England.


Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and Dion Lewis scored twice to lead New England past NY for the second time this season.

In the second quarter, WR Brandon Cooks caught a 5-yards touchdown pass from Brady.

A three-time All-Pro, Gronkowski finished the regular season with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. New England went on to win the Super Bowl each of the last two times they were the top seed. It was only the third time in his career that he was blanked for a game that he played in. Brady and the offense went to work, quickly moving 75 yards in just 13 plays to take a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard TD run by Lewis.

James Harrison, signed this week after being released by the Steelers, recorded sacks on the games final two plays, forcing a fumble on his first sack that was recovered by NY.

Patriots linebacker Eric Lee would sack Jets quarterback Bryce Petty in the end zone for a safety to put the Patriots up 26-6.

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