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News Blitz 12/31: A blowout Patriots win and a bye

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The 2018 Patriots regular season came to a close in impressive winning fashion Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, the team’s 38-3 blowout of the Jets giving Bill Belichick's squad a two-game winning streak heading into playoff action.

The victory, New England’s 11th of the season, along with the rest of Sunday’s action secured the defending AFC champs the No. 2 seed in the conference playoff picture and the bye that goes with that slot.

The Boston Globe declared that with his four touchdown passes against New York, vintage Tom Brady returned just in time for the playoffs. The Globe writes that the AFC playoffs set up just about as well as possible for the Patriots. The Globe says that New England showed right away against New York that it was the better team. The Globe notes that after weeks of quiet play, both Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett were in the middle of the winning action against New York. Now that the dust has settled on this season, the Globe passes along the Patriots finalized 2019 list of opponents. The Globe advises to not put much stock in beating the Jets. The Globe gathers up the best and worst of the win over New York. The Globe describes the Patriots locker room after the win as more of an exhalation than a celebration. One of the few negatives of the win, as the Globe notes, was Devin McCourty leaving with a head injury and not returning.

The Providence Journal has its game story on the Patriots impressive win. The ProJo has Gilmore discussing his Pro Bowl season saying, “Film don’t lie.” ProJo columnist Kevin McNamara writing that division patsies, like the Jets, are key to the Patriots success.

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