Patriots lock up first seed in AFC

Patriots lock up first seed in AFC

Patriots lock up first seed in AFC

They would cruise to the win.

In the second quarter, WR Brandon Cooks caught a 5-yards touchdown pass from Brady. There is one factor that might bring this young and developing roster to step up and not only rise to the occasion but prove that they can keep up with any team in front of them, especially the reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots.

Dion Lewis capped a terrific season with 26 carries for 93 yards and six receptions for 40 yards and two total touchdowns. Brandin Cooks had 11 catches for 79 yards and touchdown for New England, which will have a first-round bye in the playoffs.

NY was contained throughout the entire day on defense as they were held to just 247 total yards on the day, but the Pats were not able to force a single turnover.

Then just before halftime, NY cornerback Juston Burris was flagged for defensive holding on a Patriots' third-down pass attempt.

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Penalties on the Jets' defense aided New England's final two scores of the first half.

Once again, there wasn't much at all by way of the return game, but the Pats did just fine without it.

In the third quarter, K Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 21-yard field goal. Ryan Allen was busy, though, as he punted eight times on the day and in a very impressive fashion.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, who also finished with a 13-3 record, grabbed the No. 2 seed by virtue of losing the tiebreaker to the Patriots due to their Week 15 loss at Heinz Field.

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. Anything could happen, and they have to be ready for whoever is heading into their home, but the extra week of preparation will allow injuries to heal and the team to rest.

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