New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 02: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots reacts after a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

Hard to find anything wrong with this one.

The Patriots are 10-6 and back in the playoffs after a 50-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. The Miami Dolphins’ loss to the Tennessee Titans officially punched the Pats’ ticket to bonus football. The question, now, is who they will play and whether they can move up in the seeding after Week 18.

Obviously, when a team wins 50-10, just about everything went their way. So of the three “downs” on this list, two are nitpicks and another is a guy who didn’t even play (you’ll see). But there were certainly plenty of “Ups” to go around, almost entirely. Six up and one down, to be exact.

So, let’s get to it…

The final “Ups & Downs” of the 2021 regular season come next Sunday, after the Patriots close out the campaign on the road against the Miami Dolphins. That won’t be the end, though. “Ups & Downs” will be back for the playoffs, too.

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