The Patriots have clinched at least the No. 2 seed in the AFC with a 38-3 win over the Jets Sunday at Gillette Stadium in the regular-season finale. New England has clinched its ninth straight first-round bye and 13th since 2001. Tom Brady was 24-of-33 with 250 yards passing and four touchdown passes. Julian Edelman caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, and Chris Hogan had six catches for 64 yards. Below are drive-by-drive updates from the game as it unfolded. Fourth quarter FINAL — Patriots 38, Jets 3 Patriots 38, Jets 3 (0:00): Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer handed off to Sony Michel, then knelt twice before Ryan Allen punted. On the next play, the final offensive snap of the Jets season, wide receiver J.J. Jones fumbled and Patriots linebacker Albert McClellan recovered the football. The Patriots ran out the clock to clinch at least the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round bye. Patriots 38, Jets 3 (2:15): Lachlan Edwards’s fifth punt of the … [Read more...] about The Patriots clinch at least the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a 38-3 win over the Jets
Patriots jets predictions
There’s a lot at stake for the Patriots as they finish their regular season Sunday against the Jets at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots clinched the AFC East last Sunday with a win over the Bills, but their playoff seed is still in flux. They can be any of the top four AFC seeds by day’s end, and their fate depends not only on their own play, but the results of other games from around the league. The Globe’s Ben Volin broke down all possible playoff Patriots playoff scenarios in his Sunday Football Notes: “A Patriots win over the Jets most likely means the No. 2 seed, though they can grab No. 1 if the Chiefs and Chargers also both lose. A loss to the Jets would most likely land the Patriots in the No. 3 seed, but the Patriots have two doomsday scenarios in which they lose to the Jets and finish No. 4: If the Ravens and Texans also win, or the Texans lose, Ravens win, and Titans win.’’ Pregame scenes Inactives Patriots: James Ferentz, OL. Adrian … [Read more...] about Patriots vs Jets: Live updates and analysis
If the New England Patriots are able to handle the New York Jets Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium — and they will — they’ll officially secure the No. 2 seed in the AFC’s playoff picture and a first-round bye. But based on how the cards have fallen for this team recently, it probably makes more sense to expect them to nab the top seed. Despite back-to-back losses to the Dolphins and Steelers that figured to handicap their playoff positioning, the Chiefs, Texans, and Chargers have done everything in their powers to provide the Patriots the easiest path to the Super Bowl in Atlanta. So, Sunday’s slate of games should not only include a Patriots victory, but also a combination of the following: The Chiefs somehow lose to the lowly Oakland (rest in peace) Raiders at home. The Broncos handle the San Diego (I don’t care) Chargers at Mile High. There also are scenarios where the Pats can fall to the third or fourth seed as well, but fantasies are better … [Read more...] about What experts are predicting for Sunday’s Patriots-Jets game
By Tom Keegan | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: December 16, 2018 at 9:13 pm | UPDATED: December 17, 2018 at 4:47 pm Pittsburgh — If you blocked out the roar of the black-and-gold-clad crowd on a chilly night and listened closely, I swear you could hear the ticking of the clock on the Patriots’ dynasty growing a touch louder last night at Heinz Field. If it’s possible for a winning football team to look at once old and inexperienced, the Patriots mastered that undesirable juggling act in losing to the Steelers, 17-10. In such atypical fashion, the Patriots died of their own hands with 14 penalties for 106 yards and a turnover on a desperate throw from an under-duress Tom Brady. Steelers receivers were the ones showcasing the outrageous athleticism that youth can bring, while the Patriots dropped multiple passes. The predictable script had been penned and it called for the Steelers to blow another lead and for the Patriots to win another game … [Read more...] about Keegan: Patriots die of own mistakes in loss to Steelers
As tempting as it is to issue broad declarations in the immediate aftermath of defeat — and I’ll plead guilty here if you will — perspective sometimes comes around a day or two later, when the frustration begins to fade. So this is what passes as my moment of Patriots clarity for today. It’s wise to avoid presuming anything with them right now, and I mean that in regard to all possible outcomes of this maddening but hardly lost season, good or bad. That includes eliminating them as a Super Bowl contender in this entertaining and unpredictable AFC; hey, if any coach can repair his team in a short time, it’s Bill Belichick, right? But . . . it also includes presuming certain outcomes in the final two games of the regular season against the Bills and Jets. There is more range in the Patriots’ potential outcomes the rest of this season than Ed Reed had in his heyday. Sure, the last few weeks have felt rather lousy, and that is an unfamiliar … [Read more...] about Should Patriots be worried about the Bills and Jets?