But geez, look at everyone else. Brandin Cooks had 11 catches for 79 yards and touchdown for New England, which will have a firstround bye in the playoffs. It was the continuation of a long trend, as the Steelers have not ever beaten Tom Brady in Foxboro. The Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans could seize them with victories in their games, but if they faltered the Los Angeles Chargers and Buffalo Bills had a chance to swoop in for the spoils. On the first one, he knocked the ball loose, forcing a fumble from Jets quarterback Bryce Petty. New England is also 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games following an ATS win and 20-7 ATS in their last 27 versus the AFC.
"The last three games, we learned a lot", Petty said of his run as McCown's replacement. "We just kept pushing forward". Vegas says the Patriots will get their again - and win.
New England begins its playoff push for a sixth Super Bowl championship on either January 13 or 14 at Gillette Stadium. NY had gifted the Patriots four free first downs via penalty in the first half of this game alone. "That's what we're playing for and that's all that really matters". "It was just rushing outside and they were passing a lot, so I had good opportunities to get around the corner (on the sacks)". "But in the meantime there are things that we can do that will help us no matter who we play. We took strides this season".
Which would seem to make it somewhere between likely and very likely that the New England Patriots will be headed to Minneapolis for their eighth Super Bowl appearance with Bill Belichick as their coach and Tom Brady as their quarterback, seeking their sixth Super Bowl triumph. Expect Waddle to see the field Sunday protecting his quarterback from the Jets pass rush.
Looking ahead to playoffs.
With the temperature at 13 degrees and minus-2 wind chill, New York Jets rookie Jamal Adams tried to make a tough-guy statement by wearing no shirt for the pregame warmups Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
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The team's good, but not great, defense held the Rams to just 13 points after LA averaged almost 30 points in the regular season . If they can make you one-dimensional, then their defense will get after the passer, and it becomes very hard to avoid their rush.
First come the early-season struggles, then comes the midseason surge, and finally, being crowned with the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The Jets took the lead with a pick-six with under 10 minutes to play, but Mirer threw the game away - literally.
It would be a bold move for the Patriots to sit their starters this week, especially since both matchups are slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday. "The great thing about it is we've got one more chance to be able to go out there and play our best".
Lewis has emerged as one of the team's MVPs in the late stage of the season.
The Patriots finish the regular season at 13-3. They've had five cracks at it, and in those five games, the Patriots have outscored Pittsburgh 183-96. The count was just four shy of the 38 snaps Harrison saw all season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Deep in the nooks and crannies of their confidence, some Patriots fans might worry that the football gods - also known as the replay booth - are about to even the score.
One could dismiss this as a result of the frigid conditions and the nature of a game where one team is trying to win while the other is trying to not ruin its upcoming vacation in Bimini by hurting themselves in a meaningless end-of-the-season exercise in futility.