Here’s your Patriots-Jets recap as New England earned a 26-6 win over New York on Sunday. They clinched home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with the victory.
Dion Lewis paced the Patriots offense with 26 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown. He also caught six passes for 40 yards and a receiving touchdown. Tom Brady went 18-for-37 passing for 190 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in an up-and-down afternoon. In total, he posted an 82.0 passer rating for the game.
Brady finished his 2017 regular season with 4,577 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. It’s likely that those numbers put him in the lead of the NFL’s MVP conversation. Rams running back Todd Gurley is drawing consideration as well.
Defensive newcomer James Harrison played 28 out of a possible 57 snaps, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. He made five total tackles before putting an exclamation point on his Patriots debut with two consecutive fourth-quarter sacks. He wrapped up Jets quarterback Bryce Petty twice, including a forced fumble.
Rob Gronkowski, who had a chance to earn $2.5 million in incentives, finished the game without a target. As a result, he finishes with 69 catches, 1,084 yards, and eight touchdowns. However, he can still earn his incentives if he earns First Team All-Pro honors. Or if the Patriots decide to just give it to him anyway.
Brandin Cooks led all Patriots receivers with five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Despite his production, the wideout drew 11 targets. He and Brady often struggled to stay in sync in the first half before improving in the second.
Patriots-Jets: By The Numbers
— 13: The game-time temperature reading at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Patriots-Jets on Sunday became the coldest regular-season home game in Patriots history.
— 8: Total tackles for safety Devin McCourty, leading the team. Lawrence Guy, James Harrison, and Jonathan Jones tied for second on the team with five each.
— 156: Points scored off the foot of kicker Stephen Gostkowski. He finishes second in the NFL behind Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (158). He could have won the scoring title with a chance at a late field goal, but the Patriots elected to punt.
The road ahead…
Brady and the Patriots get a much-needed bye week to rest up for the AFC Divisional Playoff in Foxboro in two weeks. They will host that game for the eighth straight season.