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

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The Patriots rode the No. 1 seed to the Super Bowl past year and are trying to become the first team to repeat as champs since they did it after the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

New England finishes the regular season with a record of 13-3. Brady closed down the opening drive by completing six consecutive passes for 50 yards, including four for 43 yards to Danny Amendola, and Lewis gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead with a 3-yard scoring run. Cooks also drew a long 39-yard pass interference penalty that set up his own 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter for his seventh receiving touchdown on the season.

Yes, I know. The New England Patriots are considered one of the best teams in all of professional football. The Pats offense sputtered throughout, leaning heavily on Dion Lewis to create yards. The second half saw the Patriots start to take some starters out of the game and it was essentially a done deal when Jets coach Todd Bowles elected to kick a field goal while down 21 points with 10:28 left to play in the game.

Patriots linebacker Eric Lee would sack Jets quarterback Bryce Petty in the end zone for a safety to put the Patriots up 26-6.

It's the end of the year, which means everyone is coming up with ways in which they can improve in 2018.

James Harrison, signed this week after being released by the Steelers, recorded sacks on the games final two plays, forcing a fumble on his first sack that was recovered by NY.

Harrison played just 40 snaps in 14 games with Pittsburgh this season before being released.

The Patriots have three players with 1,000-plus scrimmage yards in the same season for the first time in franchise history: Lewis, Gronkowski, Cooks.

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