Once allegedly rife with vulnerability, the Patriots have again proven they're still the ones to beat by reaching an unprecedented level of dominance. The Patriots will retain the No. 1 seed based on head-to-head tiebreaker. Do the Jets even stand a chance against the Patriots today in their Week 17 season finale?
In the second quarter, WR Brandon Cooks caught a 5-yards touchdown pass from Brady.
He finished with 32 touches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. No one has ever done it a few times. ESPN reported that he was due to receive a $2 million bonus if he caught 80 passes, had 1,200 receiving yards or played in 90 percent of the team's snaps (which he also fell short of). Two of those completions were touchdowns, however, and Dion Lewis ran the ball 26 times to keep the clock moving on a cold afternoon in New England. He had 1,110 yards from scrimmage this season and 10 total touchdowns, including a kickoff return.
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.
It was the coldest regular-season home game in Patriots history. That wasn't necessarily true, though-with home-field advantage on the line, the Pats knew that it was extremely important for them to win this game and stay at home throughout the AFC playoffs.
Penalties on the Jets' defense aided New England's final two scores of the first half.
The Patriots, who won the coin toss and uncharacteristically took the opening kickoff, aimed to put away the Jets as early as possible. Brady and the offense went to work, quickly moving 75 yards in just 13 plays to take a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard TD run by Lewis.