- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

NEW ENGLAND (11-3) at NEW YORK JETS (3-11)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 11.

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New England 9-5, New York 5-9

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 57-53-1

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Jets 27-25, Oct. 16, 2014

LAST WEEK - Patriots beat Dolphins 41-13; Jets beat Titans 16-11

AP PRO32 RANKING - Patriots No. 1, Jets No. 27





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots, who have won nine of past 10 meetings, can clinch first-round bye in playoffs with victory. Can also clinch home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with win and Denver loss to Cincinnati. … Patriots won AFC East for sixth straight season and became first NFL team to win 11 division titles in 12-year span. … Bill Belichick’s 12 overall division titles are most by coach since 1970 merger, one more than Don Shula. Belichick tied with Curly Lambeau for fourth place in overall NFL victories with 229. … Owner Robert Kraft has 249 wins with Patriots, and would tie Chicago’s George Halas as fastest owner to 250 wins - in 368 games - according to Pro Football Hall of Fame. … In past six games vs. Jets, Tom Brady has 12 TDs and just 1 INT. Brady holds 19-5 regular-season record - 20-6 overall - as starter vs. Jets. Became fifth player in NFL history to reach 4,500 completions (4,520) last week. … Rob Gronkowski leads NFL TEs with 1,093 yards receiving, and needs 107 to join Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham as only TEs in history with two 1,200-yard receiving seasons. Since entering NFL in 2010, Gronkowski leads AFC with 53 TD catches. … Patriots won last meeting when Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s 58-yard field goal attempt on game’s final play. … New England has shut out opponents in second half of past two games, and outscored opponents 54-6 in final two quarters over past four games. Last TD given up by defense in second half came against Indianapolis on Nov. 16. … K Stephen Gostkowski became Patriots’ leader in points last week with 1,165, passing Adam Vinatieri. … CB Darrelle Revis returns to MetLife Stadium as member of Patriots for first time vs. Jets, with whom he played first six seasons. Revis also played at New Jersey vs. Jets last year with Buccaneers. … Game marks home finale for Jets, and could be final game at home for coach Rex Ryan, who could be fired after season. Ryan has 49-51 overall record, including playoffs, as coach of Jets and could finish at .500 with wins in final two games. Bill Parcells (30-20) and Al Groh (9-7) only Jets coaches with .500 records or better. … Geno Smith has passed for 459 yards and two TDs with 1 INT in past two vs. Patriots. Also has rushed for 69 yards and 1 TD during that span. Smith’s seven rushing TDs since start of last season tied with Colts’ Andrew Luck for most among AFC QBs in that span. … RB Chris Ivory has team-leading 739 yards rushing, and needs 95 to set single-season career high. … WR Eric Decker had season-high 100 yards receiving on seven catches last week. … Jace Amaro leads NFL rookie TEs in catches (35) and yards receiving (311). … LB David Harris two tackles away from 1,000 for career.


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