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The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots locked up home field advantage throughout the playoffs Sunday with a 26-6 victory over the New York Jets on the final day of the National Football League regular season. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FOXBOROUGH, Mass. "I don't know." NY, which has dropped three in a row and eight of 10 since a three-game winning streak, has struggled on the road this season with its lone victory coming over winless Cleveland (17-14) in Week 5.

Not here. For an NFL-record eight consecutive seasons, the Patriots have won at least 12 games. "13-3 is pretty good to get the number one seed".

As running back Dion Lewis noted afterward in a warm and cozy locker room, all that means is that the Patriots are guaranteed one more home game.

The acquisition of James Harrison dominated the headlines at a time where there wasn't much else going on, and the primary focus for the Patriots was getting healthy and preparing for the upcoming playoff run.

Brady has been pressured often and hit a handful of times by a Jets defense that's paid a lot of attention to tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The total has gone over in 13 of the Patriots' last 17 games at home in December. "Like they say, it's never easy and it's never late".

Also if you are going to pick apart this game you have to watch what they did in the 1st Half. Brady and the offense went to work, quickly moving 75 yards in just 13 plays to take a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard TD run by Lewis. They passed heavily to Danny Amendola during the Drive and completed a big time 4th Down Conversion.

Coming in to the contest, Belichick had a lifetime record of 26-11 as a head coach against the Jets, with Brady as the winning quarterback in 24 of those games. Golden Tate caught seven passes for 104 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown reception.

Who the Public Likes: As of Sunday morning, 60% of the betting tickets are on the Patriots to cover the point spread but 68% of the money is on the Jets.

New Patriots linebacker James Harrison (92) is congratulated by members of the End Zone Militia after Sunday's win over the Jets. However, when NY fell behind and had to throw every down, Harrison showed he can still rush the passer.

Parcells had a decision to make. We faced a lot of adversity this year and we persisted through it. "Looking back at it now, it was a great thing to go through and stick together".

INJURIES - Jets: CB Morris Claiborne left briefly in the first quarter, but was able to return.

Patriots: LB Elandon Roberts was shaken up on a play in the third quarter.

The Patriots 2017 regular season is officially in the books.

New England's postseason quest for a sixth title kicks off at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night, January 13, at 8:15 versus the lowest remaining seed (Bills, Titans or Chiefs) from this upcoming AFC wildcard weekend.

Jets safety Jamal Adams went out pregame without a shirt to test the weather.

BELOW 50 - Brady's 48.6 completion percentage (18 of 37) marked only the second time this season he completed less than 50 percent of his passes. Other franchises do. Whole seasons are drowned in injuries or bad luck or bad losses.

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