The New England Patriots have clinched a first-round bye, but they can clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win against the Miami Dolphins this week. He also benefited from a thundering block thrown by newcomer Michael Floyd that sprung him for that 77-yard score.
"We just need to stop shooting ourselves in the foot", tackle Branden Albert said.
New England, incredibly, threw just two interceptions all season, shattering a longstanding National Football League record of five in a season, a record that several teams had tied but no teams had beaten.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, likely making his final appearance for the team, threw a pair of short touchdown passes as NY routed Buffalo in their season finale at MetLife Stadium.
And if it does, that could be a headache for New England. The second turnover - a Shea McClellin fumble recovery following a big hit by Devin McCourty at the New England 6-yard line - erased any chance of a Dolphins comeback.
For the sake of argument though, let's say the Dolphins do pull out a win in Pittsburgh.
When they start, the Patriots will be watching and resting.
Miami finally got on the board with just 28 seconds left in the half.
"This has always been a challenging place for us, for one reason or another", Brady said. It's been good to see his commitment and hopefully he can go out there and play confident, and like all of us, try to go get a win. New England took a 14-0 first quarter lead when it drove 45 yards in five plays, capped by a 14-yard pass from Brady to wide receiver Michael Floyd.
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As for his two interceptions - which came on an underthrown deep pass November 13 against Seattle and an end zone delivery he was trying to throw away but didn't get enough on December 12 vs.
The Green Bay quarterback predicted the Packers could sweep the rest of their games after struggling to a 4-6 start. "We just have to play better together and learn from our mistakes today and continue to move on". Not often, and certainly not with any level of predictability, but crazier things have happened.
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"We didn't get the result we wanted today", said Miami running back Jay Ajayi, "but we get the opportunity to keep playing".
On Edelman's touchdown, he delivered a knockout blow to Tony Lippett downfield that opened up the field for the score.
The Patriots took their next possession and drove downfield to the Miami 14, when Brady hit Floyd on an inside slant route cutting across the middle. Floyd was acquired last month after being released by the Cardinals following a DUI arrest. "Jacoby has done a great job helping him out, taking extra time with him to really nail some things down", said Brady.
In the NFC, the Falcons, Seahawks, Lions, Packers, Redskins and Buccaneers all have something to play for, so none of those times will have too many fantasy conflicts.
The Patriots quarterback passed Dan Marino for fourth on the all-time passing yards list and broke Nick Foles' TD-INT ratio mark.