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Game Preview: Jets at Patriots

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-2) vs. NEW YORK JETS (4-10)
Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Gillette Stadium (66,829)

The New England Patriots secured their NFL-record eighth consecutive AFC East Title and a first-round bye for the seventh straight season following the 16-3 win at Denver last Sunday. The Patriots can clinch the first seed in the playoff field and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs if they win their last two games or if they win one of the last two games combined with a loss by the Oakland Raiders.

This Saturday, the Patriots will attempt to sweep the New York Jets for the 17th time and reach 13 wins for the sixth time in team history.

Team photographer, David Silverman, offers his best photos presented by CarMax from New England's game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

SERIES HISTORY

The Patriots and Jets will meet for the 116th time, including three postseason games, since the series between the AFC East rivals began in 1960. It will be the second meeting of the 2016 season. The Patriots beat the Jets, 22-17 in the first meeting on Nov. 27, at MetLife Stadium. The Patriots will try for their 17th series sweep of the Jets this week.

Last season, the two teams split the series with the Patriots taking a 30-23 win at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 25, before losing 26-20 in overtime in the rematch at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 27.

The Patriots lead the series, 60-54-1 overall.

The Patriots are 32-25-1 all-time against the Jets at home, including 1-1 at home in the postseason.

The Patriots are 28-29 all-time on the road against the Jets, including 4-3 at MetLife Stadium.

The teams have played in the postseason three times – a 1985 Wild Card game, a 2006 Wild Card game and an AFC Divisional game in 2010. New England beat the Jets, 26-14, in 1985 at the Meadowlands on their way to Super Bowl XX. In 2006, the Patriots defeated the Jets, 37-16, at Gillette Stadium and the Jets beat the Patriots, 28-21, in the 2010 Divisional playoff game.

New England is 31-16 against the Jets since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994.

PATS SET NFL MARK WITH 8TH STRAIGHT TITLE

The Patriots became the first NFL team ever to win eight straight division titles.

New England's 60 overall victories over the Jets (including two playoff wins) are the second most over any single opponent, trailing only Buffalo with 70 all-time wins.

SERIES BREAKDOWN

NEW ENGLAND 60, NEW YORK 54, 1 Tie
(Including New England 2, New York 1 in Playoffs)

Home Record, 32-25-1 (incl. 1-1 in playoffs)
Record in Foxborough, 28-19
Gillette Stadium, 12-4 (incl. 1-1 playoffs)
Foxboro Stadium, 16-15
Record in Boston, 4-5-1
Record in Birmingham, Ala., 0-1

Road Record, 28-29 (incl. 1-0 in playoffs)
MetLife Stadium, 4-3
Giants Stadium, 17-10 (incl. 1-0 playoffs)
Shea Stadium, 5-14
Polo Grounds, 2-2

Seasonal Sweeps, Patriots 16 (most recent '14), Jets 14 ('00)

Bill Belichick vs. N.Y. Jets, 25-12 (24-11 with New England)

TALE OF THE TAPE

**2016 REGULAR SEASON****NEW ENGLAND****N.Y.  JETS**
Record12-24-10
Divisional Standings1st4th
Total Yards Gained5,4594,700
Total Offense (Rank)389.9 (4)335.7 (21)
Rush Offense117.0 (7)111.7 (12t)
Pass Offense272.9 (4)224.0 (25)
Points Per Game26.1 (6)17.3 (30)
Touchdowns Scored4225
Third Down Conversion Pct.43.738.2
Team Passer Rating107.768.3
Total Yards Allowed4,7044,924
Total Defense (Rank)336.0 (10)351.7 (17)
Rush Defense87.9 (4)99.9 (14)
Pass Defense248.1 (17)251.8 (21)
Points Allowed/Game16.6 (1)25.6 (26t)
Touchdowns Allowed2525
Third Down Defense (Pct.)37.238.1
Field Goals Made/Attempted23/2723/26
Possession Avg.30:5830:47
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost23/13932/163
Sacks Made/Yards32/21923/150
Passing TD/Int. (Off.)26/214/22
Passing TD/Int. (Def.)19/927/7
Penalties Against/Yards83/73585/745
Punts/Avg.65/44.467/42.2
Takeaway/Giveaway Ratio+6 (6t)-19 (32)

BELICHICK AGAINST THE AFC EAST

Bill Belichick has a 76-28 (.731) all-time regular season record against the AFC East as head coach of the Patriots, including a 23-10 record against the Jets.

BRADY AGAINST THE AFC EAST

As a starter against the AFC East, Tom Brady owns a 69-18 (.793) record. He is 26-3 against Buffalo, 22-6 against the New York Jets, 19-9 against Miami and was 2-0 against Indianapolis when they were in the AFC East (2001 season).

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast by CBS and can be seen locally on WBZ-TV Channel 4 in Boston. Ian Eagle will handle play-by-play duties with Dan Fouts as the color analyst. Evan Washburn will work the sidelines. The game will be produced by Mark Wolff and directed byBob Fishman.

LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. Play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socci will call the action along with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who will provide color analysis. Produced by Marc Cappello.

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