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Game Notes: Tom Brady wins 41st straight home game against AFC

TEAM NOTES


PATRIOTS HAVE NOW WON 16 STRAIGHT AT HOME AGAINST THE AFC EAST
The Patriots won their 16th consecutive home game against AFC East opposition. The last time the Patriots lost a home game against an AFC East opponent was on Nov. 13, 2008, when the New York Jets left Gillette Stadium with a 34-31 overtime win. The Patriots are now 32-5 against the AFC East at Gillette Stadium.

PATRIOTS ARE WICKED GOOD IN OCTOBER
The Patriots are an NFL-best 40-9 in the month of October since the 2003 season. The Patriots are now 24-1 in October home games since 2003. Their last home loss in October was on Oct. 2, 2005 (a 41-17 loss vs. San Diego).

THE PATRIOTS GOOD WITH NO INTERCEPTIONS
The Patriots have thrown just two interceptions in the first seven games. New England has not had an interception in October, as Tom Brady has nine touchdowns and no interceptions in the month of October Since 2002, the Patriots are an NFL-best 93-11 when throwing no interceptions.

DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE
The Patriots improved to a 65-18 (.783) record in regular season AFC East games since the beginning of the 2001 season with the win over New York. That is the best intra-division record in the NFL over that span (Indianapolis, 60-23).

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The New England Patriots take on the New York Jets during Thursday Night Football at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

HOME SWEET HOME FOR THE PATRIOTS; IMPROVE TO 33 STRAIGHT HOME WINS AGAINST THE AFC CONFERENCE**
The Patriots improved to 84-15 (.848) at Gillette Stadium in regular season games. With today's victory over the New York Jets, New England has now won 33 straight games at home against AFC conference opponents. The Patriots' 33 straight home wins against a conference is the longest in NFL history (following the 1970 merger). The Miami Dolphins are second in NFL history with 21 straight home conference wins (1971-1974). The Patriots last loss at home against an AFC opponent was a 33-10 loss vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 30, 2008.

PATRIOTS WIN 12th STRAIGHT HOME GAME
The Patriots won their 12th consecutive home game, extending the longest current home winning streak in the NFL. The Patriots have not lost a regular-season home game since December 16, 2012, when San Francisco left Foxborough with a 41-34 win.

MOST CONSECUTIVE HOME VICTORIES (Current Streaks)
New England 12
New Orleans 10
Philadelphia 8
San Diego 6

PATRIOTS EXTEND STREAK TO 44 STRAIGHT HOME GAMES WITH AT LEAST 1 TD PASS
The Patriots extended their streak 44 straight home games with at least one touchdown pass, the longest streak in post-merger NFL history. New Orleans has the second longest streak with 40. The last time the Patriots did not have a touchdown pass in a home game was in a 33-10 loss vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 30, 2008.

PATS HAVE WON 70 STRAIGHT HOME GAMES WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF
The Patriots have now won 70 straight home games when leading at halftime, adding to their NFL record. The last time the Patriots lost at home after leading at halftime was on Dec. 24, 2000 (vs. Miami) when they Patriots lost 27-24 after leading 21-17 at halftime. Tonight, the Patriots were leading 17-12 at halftime and won the game 27-25.

DEFENSE PRESERVES LEAD
The Patriots defense forced three consecutive New York punts to preserve a 20-19 New England lead in the third and fourth quarters. Casey Walker, Chandler Jones, and Darrelle Revis each came up with big third-down plays to end New York drives and keep the Jets from taking the lead. After the third straight Jets punt, the Patriots put together a touchdown drive that ended in a 19-yard touchdown catch by Danny Amendola that gave the Patriots a 27-19 lead.

PATRIOTS DEFENSE DOES WELL
The Patriots defense is the only one in the NFL that has not allowed a pass play of over 40 yards. The longest pass the Patriots have allowed was when Cincinnati QB Jason Campbell completed a 38-yard pass to WR Jeremy Hill on Oct. 5, 2014.

RARE FINAL SCORE
Tonight's game was only the fifth game in NFL history to end with a final score of 27-25, and it was the first tme a Patriots game ended with that score. The last time an NFL game ended in a 27-25 score was on November 20, 2005, when Seattle scored a 27-25 win at San Francisco.

PATRIOTS CONTINUE STRING OF STRONG STARTS TO SEASONS
The Patriots have won five of their first seven games to start the 2014 season. It is the 10th time in the last 12 years and eighth time in the last nine years that the Patriots have started the season with at least five wins in their first seven games.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES


TOM BRADY BECOMES THIRD PATRIOTS PLAYER TO PLAY IN 200 GAMES
Tom Brady played in his 200th NFL regular season game and joined Bruce Armstrong (212) and Julius Adams (206) as the only Patriots players to play in at least 200 games with the Patriots.

TOM BRADY WINS 41st STRAIGHT HOME GAME AGAINST AFC
Tom Brady won his 41st straight regular season home game as a starting quarterback against an AFC opponent. Brady is now 67-8 in his career as a starting quarterback against AFC teams. The last time that Brady lost a home regular season game to an AFC opponent was on Nov. 12, 2006 when the Patriots lost to the New York Jets, 17-14.

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BRADY BECOMES ONE OF FIVE NFL QBs WITH AT LEAST 370 TOUCHDOWNS; TIES DREW BREES FOR FOURTH ALL-TIME**
Tom Brady's 49-yard touchdown pass to RB Shane Vereen was his 370th career touchdown pass. He is now one of just five NFL players with at least 370 career touchdown passes. He added a 3-yard touchdown to Vereen in the second quarter and a 19-yard touchdown pass to WR Danny Amendola in the fourth quarter. With three touchdowns tonight, Brady finished the game with 372 career touchdowns and is tied with Drew Brees for fourth all-time on the NFL's touchdown list.

BRADY REMAINS UNDEFEATED ON THURSDAY; HAS 13 TD AND NO INT IN LAST FIVE THURSDAY GAMES
Tom Brady improved to a 7-0 record as a starter in Thursday games, including 3-0 on Thursday against the Jets. In his career on Thursdays, Brady has thrown 16 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. In his last five Thursday games, Brady has 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.

BRADY HAS WON 7 STRAIGHT HOME GAMES AGAINST THE JETS
Brady is now 19-5 all-time against the Jets as a starter, including 10-2 in home games following tonight's win. It was his seventh straight home win against the Jets in the regular season.

VEREEN SCORES ON A 49-YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS;
LONGEST TD CATCH BY A RUNNING BACK IN GILLETTE STADIUM HISTORY
RB Shane Vereen scored on a 49-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady on the game's fourth play. It was the second longest touchdown reception of his career. His career best was an 83-yard touchdown pass from Brady at the New York Jets on Nov. 22, 2012. Vereen's 49-yard touchdown reception is the longest by a Patriots running back in Gillette Stadium history. The previous best was a 43-yard touchdown by RB Kevin Faulk from Tom Brady vs. Houston on Dec. 17, 2006.

VEREEN HAD FIRST REGULAR SEASON 2-TD GAME
Vereen caught a 49-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a 3-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter for his first NFL two-touchdown regular season game. He had two receiving touchdowns in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff game vs. Houston on Jan. 13, 2013.

DEFENSE HAS THIRD DOWN STOPS ON THREE CONSECUTIVE DRIVES
- Casey Walker sacked Smith for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter, setting up a third-and-long that the Jets did not convert, helping to force the first New York punt of the night and preserve the Patriots' 20-19 lead.
- Chandler Jones sacked Smith for a 15-yard loss on third-and-5 in the fourth quarter to force a New York punt. The sack raised Jones's season sack total to a team-high 4.5 sacks and ended a New York drive with the Patriots holding a 20-19 advantage.
- Darrelle Revis broke up a Smith pass intended for Eric Decker on third-and-5 to force New York to punt for the third consecutive drive and help preserve the Patriots' 20-19 lead.

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JONES PRESERVES WIN WITH BLOCKED FIELD GOAL ON FINAL PLAY**
Chris Jones blocked a 58-yard field goal attempt by the Jets on the final play of the game to preserve New England's 27-25 win. It was the first blocked field goal for the Patriots since Chandler Jones blocked a 39-yard try by Miami's Caleb Sturgess on October 28, 2013.

DANNY AMENDOLA RETURNS FIRST KICKOFF AS A PATRIOT
Danny Amendola returned a first quarter kick 27 yards for his first kickoff return as a member of the Patriots. He had four returns for 105 yards, including a 31-yard return.

DANNY AMENDOLA HAS FIRST TOUCHDOWN OF 2014
Danny Amendola scored on a 19-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to record his first touchdown of 2014 and his third scoring catch with the Patriots.

CASEY WALKER RECORDS FIRST NFL SACK
Casey Walker dropped Jets QB Geno Smith for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter for his first NFL sack.

GOSTKOWSKI ON A GOOD PACE IN 2014
Stephen Gostkowski has 18 field goals so far in 2014, putting him on pace to finish with 41 field goals, which would be the third highest single-season total in NFL history.

GRONKOWSKI EXTENDS HIS STREAK TO 57 STRAIGHT GAMES WITH A RECEPTION
Rob Gronkowski caught an 3-yard pass in the first quarter and has caught at least one pass in all 57 regular season games that he has played.

LONGEST CURRENT STREAKS OF CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A RECEPTION BY TIGHT ENDS
94 Owen Daniels (Houston/Baltimore)
93 Jason Witten (Dallas)
87 Heath Miller (Pittsburgh)
57 Rob Gronkowski

LINEUP NOTES


BRANDON BROWNER SEES FIRST ACTION OF THE SEASON
Brandon Browner made his Patriots regular season debut with a start at cornerback.

FIRST-YEAR RB JOANS GRAY PLAYS IN FIRST NFL REGULAR SEASON GAME
First-year RB Jonas Gray was signed from the practice squad to the practice squad prior to the game and saw action in his first regular season game.

JORDAN DEVEY MAKES FOURTH NFL START; FIRST AT LEFT GUARD
Jordan Devey, who started the first three games of 2014 at right guard, made his first start at left guard against the Jets.

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