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The New England Patriots locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and home-field advantage in the playoffs with a 26-6 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon in arctic conditions at Gillette Stadium.
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
Harrison signed with the Patriots on Tuesday, practiced with the team just three times, had a little less than five days to learn their defense and finished New England's Week 17 win over the Jets with 30 snaps, two sacks, a hurry, five tackles and a forced fumble. Can secure home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with win or Pittsburgh loss.
The touchdown catch by Lewis was his second touchdown of the game after he had a rushing touchdown in the first quarter to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead. It also put him into some historic company. Time for NY to play spoiler as they are set to miss the playoffs for the seventh straight season.
The Jets played hard in a meaningless game but they continued their season-long trend of committing too many penalties (9-84).
Many retired NFL players have said if they could skip everything that goes along with football, they'd still play in games. Patriots have won AFC East and earned first-round bye.
For the Patriots, there is no denying who their MVP was, as Tom Brady had another fantastic season for New England.
"I mean, hell, last year was a totally different game than it was this year statistically". "Like they say, it's never easy and it's never late". They went 1-15 in 1990. The drive included a fourth-down pass conversion, one of three hookups between Brady and Danny Amendola in the series.
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Anderson finished the game with only one catch for two yards, his worst performance of the season.
The long-time Steelers edge rusher spent all week immersing himself in the playbook so that he'd be ready to make his debut on Sunday against the New York Jets.
New Patriots linebacker James Harrison (92) is congratulated by members of the End Zone Militia after Sunday's win over the Jets.
NY will receive the second half kickoff. "And we've seen that this year".
The Pats also tried Cooks on three run plays - one of which netted 12 yards - and there appeared to be a concerted effort to get him involved in a number of different ways.
INJURIES - Jets: CB Morris Claiborne left briefly in the first quarter, but was able to return. Coach Todd Bowles said after the game that Anderson suffered a concussion.
FRIGID TEMPS - It was 13 degrees at kickoff, and the Patriots wanted to make sure their visitors knew it. The Jets didn't even go for it on 4th Down. "Well, we're playing the Jets this week", Belichick said.
That's why the Patriots-Steelers clash during this regular season mattered so much.
New England's postseason quest for a sixth title kicks off at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night, January 13, at 8:15 versus the lowest remaining seed (Bills, Titans or Chiefs) from this upcoming AFC wildcard weekend. However, it should be going to Brady now this season. But the Patriots needed edge help, and their season is about to continue.