Best in the AFC! Patriots clinch top seed with victory over Jets

The Patriots have already clinched the AFC East and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs, but that didn't stop them from implementing a unique tactic before Sunday's matchup against the Jets. Brady closed a potential third MVP campaign with 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

New England has defeated NY in four straight meetings, and the Patriots (13-3) haven't lost to the Jets (5-11) at home during the regular season with Tom Brady starting since 2006. ESPN reported that he was due to receive a $2 million bonus if he caught 80 passes, had 1,200 receiving yards or played in 90 percent of the team's snaps (which he also fell short of). Once the day was done, Lewis had 93 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries while picking up another 40 yards on six receptions. And Brandin Cooks led the way with five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

The Patriots have a week off before they host the lowest-winning seed from the AFC Wild Card Round at Gillette Stadium. When the Jets chose to extend head coach Todd Bowles for another two years, a plethora of players chimed their thoughts to the media.

The Patriots, who won the coin toss and uncharacteristically took the opening kickoff, aimed to put away the Jets as early as possible.

Leading 7-3 in the second quarter, the Patriots took control of the game.

While people are tailgating, wind chills will be around -3 in Foxboro and below zero pretty much everywhere in Southern New England.

It was the coldest regular-season home game in Patriots history.

The Patriots created separation late in the second quarter.

Stephen Gostkowski hit his lone field goal attempt of 21 yards and all three of his extra points.

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