They have secured a first-round bye for the eighth consecutive season, but they want home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Burkhead was not in the game on Sunday due to injury, but Gillislee had a handful of yards and a touchdown.
If he can get to the quarterback the way he got to New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty in the highlight below, he will certainly help add an element to the Patriots' defense that they've been searching for all season long.
But nothing about this week, or Sunday in particular, was ordinary.
With the temperature at 13 degrees and minus-2 wind chill, New York Jets rookie Jamal Adams tried to make a tough-guy statement by wearing no shirt for the pregame warmups Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Only the playoff game against Tennessee was colder.
Stafford, who completed three passes of over 50 yards, went 20 of 29 through the air for 323 yards.
Tom Brady bookended his regular season with a pair of games in which he completed less than half of his pass attempts, hitting on just 18 of 37 throws to connect on sub-50 percent for the first time since a awful showing in the opener. I threw a little shirt on after that.
"I think it speaks to our mental toughness, the way that we can respond and move on from things", said Develin.
The first 30 minutes haven't done a ton to inspire confidence, particularly after New England's opening drive, but the Jets sure look the part of a team playing out the string.
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Matthew Slater, the team's special teams ace and spiritual leader, said the sky was never as dark as it looked at times. Ryan Allen overcame the cold's effects on a punted ball to pin the Jets at their 4-, 4-, and 3-yard line. They edged out the Bucs and Bears, who also went 5-11 but played stronger schedules and therefore lost the tiebreaker to Gang Green.
Petty was sacked four times as New England brought pressure throughout the entire day and they were constantly in the offensive backfield.
Dion Lewis ran for 93 yards. "We were definitely ready for it". And now he's entering a playoff run with one of the team's biggest rivals. While his numbers weren't as gaudy as last week against Buffalo, his performance might have been even more important. Once again he was up to the task. Usually in cold weather games, the Team that scores first wins.
The Jets are coming off a defensive bout with the Los Angeles Chargers, in which only three scores were made between the two teams.
The players and coaches all handled the conditions differently.
And just to rub it in, Belichick made a decision to take the field with shorts on. In the Giants' case, they already fired their coach and general manager during the season.
"I mean, we're 13-3".
The Patriots (12-3) know what's at stake for them. The impact, or more specifically Bademosi's reaction, was even enough to make the corner's sideline jacket fly off. As a result, the Patriots have once again secured the top seed in the AFC Conference going into the National Football League playoffs. Belichick made the point that the Patriots created some long-yardage situations due to their play on early downs, which helped the cause by putting the Jets in obvious passing situations.