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

Monday, January 01, 2018


Patriots clinch #1 seed in AFC

The New England Patriots cruised past the New York Jets 26-6 on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

The win gives the Patriots the number one seed in the AFC playoffs for the seventh time since 2003 and the third time in the last four years.

New England finishes the regular season with a record of 13-3.

Patriots Take Control in 2nd Quarter

Leading 7-3 in the second quarter, the Patriots took control of the game.

With4:14 left to play in the half, Tom Brady capped off a 10 play, 73-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks to put the Patriots up 14-3 after a Stephen Gostkowski extra point was good.

After the Patriots defense came up with a stop on the Jets next possession, New England would get the ball back with two minutes left in the half.

Brady led the Patriots on a 9 play, 58-yard drive that ended with a five-yard touchdown pass to Dion Lewis to put the Patriots up 21-3 after a Gostkowski extra point.

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.

He is the first Patriots player to score a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in back-to-back games since Larry Garron in 1964.

Gostkowski would add a 21-yard field goal in the third quarter to put the Patriots up 24-3.

The Jets would add a field goal in the fourth quarter to make the score 24-6.

Patriots linebacker Eric Lee would sack Jets quarterback Bryce Petty in the end zone for a safety to put the Patriots up 26-6. 

They would cruise to the win. 

James Harrison Sees Action 

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. 

Harrison played just 40 snaps in 14 games with Pittsburgh this season before being released. 

Next up 

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


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Position: Safety 

College: Rutgers 

Hometown: Nanuet, N.Y.

Salary: $47,500,000 Over 5 Years 

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Position: Cornerback 

College:  West Alabama 

Hometown: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Salary: $3.91 Million for 2017 Season

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College: South Carolina 

Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina 

Salary: $65,000,000 Over 5 Years

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Name: Brandin Cooks 

Position: Wide Receiver 

College: Oregon State 

Hometown: Stockton, California 

Salary:  $8,383,452 Over 4 Years

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Name: Dont'a Hightower

Position: Linebacker 

College: Alabama 

Hometown: Lewisburg, Tennessee 

Salary: $35,500,000 Over 4 Years

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Name: Lawrence Guy

Position: Defensive Line

College: Arizona State 

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Salary: $13,400,000 Over 4 Years

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Name: Johnson Bademosi

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College: Stanford 

Hometown: Washington, D.C. 

Salary:  $4,500,000 Over 2 Years

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Name: Alan Branch

Position: Defensive Line 

College: Michigan 

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Salary: $8,450,000 Over 2 Years 

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Name: Brandon King

Position: Safety 

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Hometown: Alabaster, Alabama

Salary: $615,000 for 2017 Season

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Name: Malcom Brown

Position: Defensive Line  

College: Texas 

Hometown: Brenham, Texas

Salary: $7,613,229 Over 4 Years

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Name: Deatrich Wise

Position: Defensive End 

College: Arkansas

Hometown: Suffolk, VA

Salary: $2,975,883 Over 4 Years 

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Name: Adam Butler

Position: Defensive Line 

College: Vanderbilt 

Hometown: Duncanville, Texas

Salary: $1,665,000 Over 3 Years

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Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

Salary: $2,838,932 Over 4 Years

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Hometown: Port Arthur, Texas

Salary: $2,440,356 Over 4 Years

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Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Salary: $12,000,000 Over 3 Years

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Position: Safety 

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Hometown: Magnolia, Delaware

Salary: $17,000,000 Over 4 years

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Name: Jordan Richards 

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