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

Posted January 01, 2018

Brady completed 18 of his 37 pass attempts for 190 yards and two touchdowns to wrap up what could be an MVP season for the 18-year vet.

The offense then hit a cold spell as the Jets harassed Brady and erased Gronkowski with a host of heavy coverages while he still had a full workload.

Leading 7-3 in the second quarter, the Patriots took control of the game. Sure, that's cold, but this is also the 50th anniversary of the Ice Bowl, which was played in -15 degree weather with a wind chill of -48.

In his first game with the Patriots after signing last Tuesday, James Harrison played 28 out of a possible 57 snaps and had two sacks and four tackles on the day.

The New York Jets should be no different.

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Police eventually determined the package did not contain an explosive device, and the scene was cleared around 9:30 p.m. When the bomb squad opened the gift, they found what they called a "pretty good quantity' of horse manure".

Lewis spearheaded the rushing attack against the Jets, finding the end zone once through the air and once on the ground. For the Jets on offense, quarterback Bryce Petty received another start in place of Josh McCown, out for the year with a broken hand. NY was 0 for 12 on third down and 0 for 1 in its lone trip into the red zone.

The Patriots will have a bye in next week's wild-card round of the playoffs.

A three-time All-Pro, Gronkowski finished the regular season with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. He caught six passes for 40 yards and ran 26 times for 93 yards.

A thermometer was hung in the Jets' tunnel on Sunday.

To reach this point, the Patriots have overcome season-ending injuries to Julian Edelman, Dont'a Hightower and Marcus Cannon, extended absences from Chris Hogan, Rex Burkhead and Kyle Van Noy, and early-season defensive meltdowns that led to loud, strong messages from coaches and captains. They had a playoff games that was colder - a divisional round game against the Tennessee Titans on January 10, 2004, when it was 4 degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus 10.

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