The New England Patriots beat up on the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars 50-10 and clinched a spot in the AFC Playoffs after a one-year absence. Last season they missed out on the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Patriots, who improved to 10-6, can still win the AFC East with a win and a Buffalo Bills (10-6) loss to the New York Jets. Currently, they are the fifth seed in the AFC and could remain there with a win against the Miami Dolphins.
Patriots End Losing Streak
The Patriots ended their two-game losing streak with an outstanding performance on Sunday. After back-to-back losses to the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills, the offense came out on fire. Unfortunately, those losses saw them lose their division lead. Mac Jones, Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, and Kristian Wilkerson had big days. However, the defense made the day miserable for the number one overall pick Trevor Lawrence who was sacked twice and threw three interceptions.
Offense Has Big Day
Jones threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those went to Wilkerson, the first two of his career. He played in his second consecutive game after spending time on the practice squad. Jakobi Meyers caught Jones’s other touchdown and finished with eight receptions for 73 yards. Stevenson led the way with 107 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Harris, who left the game early with a hamstring injury, rushed for only 35 yards but added two other rushing touchdowns to match Stevenson.
The Patriots will now get ready to face the Miami Dolphins in the season finale in Miami. The Dolphins lost to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, eliminating them from the postseason. Still, this will be a game that matters as the Patriots could still win the division, and the Dolphins will want to get a win to end their roller-coaster season.
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