The Patriots wrapped up their eighth straight AFC East division title with a hard-fought road win in Denver and also clinched their seventh straight first-round bye in the process.
ESPNBoston.com says the achievements were particularly satisfying for a group of newcomers who haven't enjoyed much success previously in their NFL careers. They also note that all three Patriots quarterbacks contributed to the team’s success.
ESPN.com says it’s time for Patriots fans to start booking their flights for Houston and Super Bowl LI.
The Boston Globe wonders if the Patriots are really this good. They add that team did a great job of learning their lessons from past mistakes made in Denver.
The Boston Herald is giving all the credit to the defense, which turned in another tremendous performance. They add that the style was perfect for a Bill Belichick coached team while the notebook leads with Trey Flowers’ solid effort. MassLive.com also focuses on the young pass rusher, who now leads the lteam with seven sacks.
The Providence Journal says Julian Edelman is happy to be back returning punts. Their notebook leads with an item on newcomer Michael Floyd.
CSNNE.com says the Patriots have put it all together and shown tremendous resolve over the last five weeks.