Best in the AFC! Patriots clinch top seed with victory over Jets

Best in the AFC! Patriots clinch top seed with victory over Jets

Javier Howell
January 1, 2018

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.

Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and Dion Lewis scored twice to lead New England past NY for the second time this season. Brady's 13th win as a starter this season tied him with Brett Favre for the most by a starting quarterback at age 40 or older.

Brandin Cooks led all receivers with 79 yards and one score on five receptions. It was only the third time in his career that he was blanked for a game that he played in. He was not targeted in the game.

NY was contained throughout the entire day on defense as they were held to just 247 total yards on the day, but the Pats were not able to force a single turnover.

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.

Then just before halftime, NY cornerback Juston Burris was flagged for defensive holding on a Patriots' third-down pass attempt.

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Lewis spearheaded the rushing attack against the Jets, finding the end zone once through the air and once on the ground. He went 19-for-36 for 232 yards on a day the Jets went 0-for-12 on third downs. WR Robby Anderson left after a fourth-quarter hit from Stephon Gilmore to have his head evaluated.

The Patriots will play a conference semifinal at home. The Patriots will retain the No. 1 seed based on head-to-head tiebreaker.

Gronkowski's previous low this season was two catches, in the season-opening loss to Kansas City.

He finished with 32 touches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He would also earn the bonus if he is selected to The Associated Press All-Pro team. One of which is leadership as you better believe that all the leaders on the Jets are going to rally this team to do the unthinkable on the road and stun the Patriots in front of thousands of their fans.

The Eagles were shut out for the first time since the regular-season finale in 2010.