The Patriots' struggles did not matter, though, because the Jets were inept on offense and the defense made several crucial penalties to aid the Patriots.
Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and Dion Lewis scored twice to lead New England past NY for the second time this season. With White, Burkhead and Gillislee all inactive Sunday, it's just Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden and FB James Develin available at the position in a game that the Patriots must win to secure home field throughout the playoffs.
With4:14 left to play in the half, Tom Brady capped off a 10 play, 73-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks to put the Patriots up 14-3 after a Stephen Gostkowski extra point was good. It was also the first game in his career he was not the target of a pass for an entire game.
In his first game with the Patriots after signing last Tuesday, James Harrison played 28 out of a possible 57 snaps and had two sacks and four tackles on the day. Juston Burris, who had a bad game, was flagged for defensive holding on third down.More news: LG unveils its ThinQ Google Assistant speaker
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Lewis spearheaded the rushing attack against the Jets, finding the end zone once through the air and once on the ground.
The Patriots will play a conference semifinal at home. He was the best player on the field for the Pats.
A three-time All-Pro, Gronkowski finished the regular season with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.
It was the coldest regular-season home game in Patriots history.
The Jets would add a field goal in the fourth quarter to make the score 24-6.