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New England Patriots links 1/04/21 - Comfort food: Pats end 2020 season dishing up win over Jets

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New York Jets v New England Patriots
Sony Michel runs with the ball
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  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the Patriots’ 28-14 win over the Jets. 1. Cam Newton delivers four TDs in potential swan song.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots end disappointing 2020 season on a high note, down Jets 28-14.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) 5 Thoughts on Patriots vs Jets – A strong finish by the offense. 1) Sunday saw a nice exclamation point placed on the season by Sony Michel, who finished the year with a solid performance on Sunday against the Jets.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: How Devin McCourty inspired the Pats with a stirring pregame speech.
  • Andrew Callahan highlights Cam Newton and the Patriots pulling away from the Jets in their season finale to finish 7-9. Newton throws 3 TDs, catches another.
  • Nancy Lane recaps the Patriots 28 -14 win over the Jets.
  • Mike Reiss details Cam Newton’s first career receiving touchdown. Jakobi Meyers’ touchdown pass had an air distance of 31.3 yards, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, as he has two of the Patriots’ four longest pass plays in terms of air yards this season.
  • Nick Goss notes Cam Newton breaks a Patriots record that stood for more than 40 years.
  • Zack Cox reports JC Jackson’s impressive 11 takeaways this season were the most by a Patriot since 1964.
  • Nick Goss gives us his Pats-Jets overreactions: Cam Newton shines in what might have been his final game in New England.
  • Karen Guregian spotlights Sony Michel’s big day netting his first receiving touchdown.
  • Doug Kyed looks at what Sony Michel’s Week 17 performance could mean for next year. “If Michel could develop into a dependable receiving threat, that could help answer some questions about New England’s running back roles in 2021 regardless of whether White and Burkhead return.”
  • Steve Hewitt notes Jakobi Meyers cherishes his ‘special moment’ with touchdown pass to Cam Newton.
  • Andrew Callahan says the Patriots haven’t ruled out re-signing Cam Newton in 2021.
  • Zack Cox points out Gunner Olszewski had one of the best seasons ever by a punt returner. This was a record-setting season for the second-year return man.
  • Andrew Callahan reports the Patriots clinch the 15th overall pick in 2021 NFL Draft.
  • Steve Hewitt passes along a report that the Texans request to interview Nick Caserio for GM opening.


  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots vs. Jets: Stats, drives, highlights.
  • Sam Monson (Pro Football Focus) NFL Week 17 ReFocused: Patriots 28, Jets 14. “Two of Cam Newton’s best games of the season have come against the Jets, and the Patriots added to that higher baseline of production with a trick play pass from Jakobi Meyers to Newton as a receiver to put a touchdown on the board.”
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Patriots close out the season with a win.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Report: Cam Newton, Patriots expected to part ways after one year together.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick bristles at report that Cam Newton and Patriots likely will go their separate ways.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Ron Rivera, Cleveland Browns punch playoff tickets in Week 17; Plus, John Wolford in the spotlight, the Bills are dominant, the NFL gets through the COVID-19 regular season and much more.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 17: Odd season ends on weirder note, a Wild-Card peek and 20 people who defined NFL in 2020. No. 3 Tom Brady. (Missed the cut: No. 24 Bill Belichick. “Every coach who wins six Super Bowls in 18 years is entitled to a mulligan or four... Belichick’s personnel acumen needs a booster shot.”
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Week 17 Takeaways: Baker runs Browns into playoffs, Giants bumble past Dallas, Tua meltdown; Plus, Rodgers clinches MVP, Bills assert themselves as the new kings of the AFC East, Titans survive Houston, Philip Rivers is still alive, Cam finishes Patriots career on a high note, Ravens run up another big win, what the Jets and Dolphins will do with their top-three picks, and more.
  • Around the NFL ( Week 17: What we learned from Sunday’s games. Pats-Jets: 1) Bill Belichick’s Patriots have swept the Jets for the fifth-straight season, and there were some silver linings in a victory that capped off a disappointing year.
  • Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) Week 17 insider notes: The Bills are the team no one, including the Chiefs wants to see in the playoffs.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Optimism in diversity of coaching and GM searches, Giants and Falcons updates and more.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) NFL announces wild-card schedule, and Saints get a Sunday game.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL playoff picture: Who’s in and who’s out after wild Week 17.
  • Nick Shook ( Top 10 NFL MVP candidates in 2020.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) 2020 NFL season in review: What went wrong, what’s next for non-playoff teams.
  • Conor Orr (SI) NFL Black Monday Tracker and analysis.
  • Ian Rapoport et al ( A look at all ongoing head coach and GM searches.