The drive included a fourth-down pass conversion, one of three hookups between Brady and Danny Amendola in the series. Look for running back Dion Lewis to get the bulk of the attempts this weekend, like he did on Sunday, even if any starters sit. McCown was the only quarterback who was even remotely functional this year, the only reason the Jets were even thinking about making a playoff run at midseason. That's essentially what Lewis has been for the past few weeks, and after following his career performance on Christmas Eve last Sunday, Lewis came up big again. The New England Patriots cruised to an easy victory over the New York Jets, and while there were long stretches where the offense looked disjointed and sloppy, the Jets were so hapless that it made no difference.
Despite Pittsburgh's numerous failings versus the Patriots (Brady is 11-2 all-time versus Pittsburgh, including 3-0 in the playoffs, and with some big numbers), the Steelers remain a bit of a concern. But there's a yawning gap between want-to and able-to at this level, and Petty hasn't shown ability to run an offense with the kind of consistency necessary to make it in the pros. If there is a Steelers-Patriots rematch in the AFC title game, as so many expect, it will be played in New England. Since Tom Brady took over at quarterback, the Patriots are an absurd 17-3 in the playoffs at home. It really was a Defensive rally. The Patriots outscored Buffalo 60-19 in those two games. Wow, talk about a good Defensive outing! NE though was not hampered as much by it.
"I think it's stupidity but I mean to each his own". It's a process. I don't get caught up in the here and now. 3 times they punted it inside the 5 Yard Line.
Like Gronk, Lewis entered the season with the reputation of a game-changing but injury-prone talent. He went 6 Catches for 40 Yards with a TD and he also had 26 Rushes for 93 Yards with a TD.
Quarterback Tom Brady gave a shout out to the fans, saying "to be out there and to fearless that weather, sit in the stands. that was pretty sweet". TB12 went 18-37 for 190 Yards with 2 TDs.
But first, they'll get some time to recover. That right there is the mark of a good Defense. That's a real morale win by the Patriots. They picked up a free first down when Buster Skrine was called for holding on Brandin Cooks, but Tom Brady threw incomplete to Cooks on each of the next two snaps and was sacked by David Bass on third down.
"Honestly, it gave me a little cough, I can't lie", said Adams, who grew up in Dallas and played his college ball at LSU - hardly frigid locations. While he realistically had a shot at hitting the yardage mark, Gronkowski was clearly not part of the offensive game plan. Hey with Amendola getting short yardage at the slot and Lewis rushing every other play, it made sense that he would be a non factor in the [26-6] blow out.
They won the coin toss and elected to receive, going away from their typical decision to defer until the second half. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is a clear target for the franchise-a player who can stabilize the key position that has been a major weakness over the past several years. He just marched the Patriots down the field as if the Clock was a non factor.