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Week 17 Patriots vs Jets highlights: New England pulls away in the second quarter

New England is on its way to a first-round playoff bye.

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The New England Patriots are well on their way to winning their 11th game of the year and securing a first-round postseason bye: the team is up 21-3 against the visiting New York Jets after pulling away in the second quarter. New England scored a touchdown, registered a turnover, and scored another touchdown to blow the game wide open.

The first score capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive and saw quarterback Tom Brady connect on an 18-yard pass with running back Rex Burkhead

After Brady’s strike to Burkhead — the running back’s first touchdown reception of the season — it did not take long for New England to make another big play. On the Jets’ first play from scrimmage after the Patriots went up 14-3, defensive edge Trey Flowers forced a fumble off running back Elijah McGuire. Safety Devin McCourty was able to recover the fumble and set the Patriots up at the Jets’ 8-yard line:

While the Patriots’ subsequent series did not start well — the team moved backward and the drive was only kept alive after a roughing the passer call against New York — the team ultimately did find the end zone: on 3rd and 9, Brady connected with wide receiver Phillip Dorsett on a nine-yard pass to put the team up 21-3. It was the quarterback’s 14th completion of the day on just 19 attempts. He has thrown for 140 yards and three touchdowns and looking as good as ever.