It was not a flawless game for the Patriots, who gave up a few big plays on defense and struggled with their efficiency on offense.
The New England Patriots were the beneficiaries of another controversial play in their win against the Buffalo Bills last week, and now they are on track for home field advantage in the playoffs. That means if the two teams are to meet in the AFC Championship Game, it will take place at Gillette Stadium. "It was a good overall team win". The Patriots finished the year with a 5-1 record against divisional opponents. Currently, he's earned $8.75 million this year. There is one factor that might bring this young and developing roster to step up and not only rise to the occasion but prove that they can keep up with any team in front of them, especially the reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots. We got the No. 1 seed.More news: Josh McDaniels among favorites to land Giants job
It was also Belichick's 250th career regular-season win, moving him into a tie with Tom Landry for third all-time among head coaches. Brandin Cooks had 11 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown for New England, which will have a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Reporters that covered the press conference soon after it broke the news circuit said that players were so happy and thrilled, you'd think they won a playoff game.