Patriots Cruise Past Jets 26-6, Lock up #1 Seed in AFC

Up Next: The New England Patriots now have a week off before having to really get things going for the playoffs, as they have secured a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. He finished the regular season with 4,577 passing yards and 32 touchdown passes with eight interceptions.

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. He caught six passes for 40 yards and ran 26 times for 93 yards. The Patriots rode the No. 1 seed to the Super Bowl a year ago and are trying to become the first team to repeat as champs since they did it after the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

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

This game against the Jets won't be the coldest ever played at Gillette Stadium.

It was the coldest regular-season home game in Patriots history.

The Patriots, who won the coin toss and uncharacteristically took the opening kickoff, aimed to put away the Jets as early as possible.

Petty was sacked four times as New England brought pressure throughout the entire day and they were constantly in the offensive backfield. 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.

That included a second-quarter reverse that had Brady out on the edge blocking a Jets defender as Brandin Cooks came around the corner. It was the 11th time this season the Patriots scored in the final minute of the first half.

Stephen Gostkowski hit his lone field goal attempt of 21 yards and all three of his extra points.

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