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What Went Into James Harrison Picking Up Patriots Defense In Five-Day Span

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Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2018, 07:31

With nothing left to play for and NY well on its way to a 5-11 finish, there was speculation that Hackenberg, the Jets' second-round draft pick in 2016, would finally make his professional debut.

The frigid air prompted stadium officials to order 65,000 hand warmers to distribute to fans as they entered the stadium for the Patriots' last regular-season game (against AFC rival New York Jets) and even encouraged fans to bring blankets. Gang Green finished up at 5-11, which is one more victory than I predicted way back in September. Coach Todd Bowles said after the game that Anderson suffered a concussion. Bryce Petty was again a problem for the Jets offense, throwing for just 119 yards on 28 passes. From there it wound its way back to where the Patriots always find themselves this time of year. He is far too inaccurate.

Petty was sacked in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter. It's time to move on from him. If Hackenberg can't get on the field in a meaningless blowout, when will he? New England will take a much deserved week off before playing the lowest remaining seed in the AFC Divisional Round. Robby Anderson is the leading NY receiver with 62 catches, 939 yards and seven scores. Over his last 13 games, Lewis had six rushing touchdowns, three receiving touchdowns and one return TD. New England will need to balance not exposing them to unnecessary hits or injury risks, but they still need those players to win. "Gronk" was held without a catch on zero targets.

ABOUT THE PATRIOTS (12-3): Tom Brady leads the National Football League with 4,387 yards passing, but he has four touchdowns and four interceptions over the past three games and completed only 52.8 percent of his passes in the earlier matchup against the Jets.

Stafford, who completed three passes of over 50 yards, went 20 of 29 through the air for 323 yards. The 5-8, 195-pounder rolled up 172 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns as the Pats compiled 330 total yards and 24 first downs.

Thomas, who grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, joins his former Temple teammate Robby Anderson on the Jets' roster. He paced the squad with 97 tackles and added five sacks in 2017.

Thomas signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent shortly after the NFL Draft in April.

While New England's passing game wasn't its usual, efficient self, the defense enjoyed another terrific outing.

After another mind-numbingly disappointing end to another losing season, the Jets were no closer to finding an answer to their biggest problem than they were the day the season began.

In the third quarter, K Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 21-yard field goal. True, it was fourth-and-nine but the Jets were at the New England 17 at the time. And you kind of go from there. What do you have to lose? He just marched the Patriots down the field as if the Clock was a non factor. That is a loser's mentality.

NY quarterback Eli Manning made his 216th appearance, which ties Hall-of-Fame defensive end Michael Strahan's franchise record for the most games played in a Giants uniform. That's shows a lack of discipline and is a poor reflection on Bowles.