#TBT to the last Patriots-Jets matchup

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This article is part of a weekly series that will feature short recaps and stats of the last time the New England Patriots played their upcoming opponent.

Happy Thanksgiving #PatsNation! We hope you have an amazing day with family, friends, food and football! Enjoy this week's #ThrowbackThursday of the last time the Patriots squared off against the New York Jets.

Last Time Out

The Patriots and the Jets last met for a regular-season finale matchup on Dec. 31, 2017. New England came away with a 26-6 victory to help secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Dion Lewis scored twice for the Patriots with one score on the ground and one through the air. Brandin Cooks also posted strong numbers for New England, with 11 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

James Harrison had a short stint with New England at the end of last season. And after being signed just days before this game (Dec. 26), he made a pretty big impact - with two sacks in a row to end the game, five total tackles and one forced fumble.


This win marked the Patriots' seventh 13-win season, which is second in NFL history to San Francisco with nine.

The victory was also head coach Bill Belichick's 250th career regular-season win that moved him into a tie (at the time) with Tom Landry for third all-time among head coaches. Today, Belichick holds the third place spot to himself with 257 wins.


Tom Brady was 18-of-37 with 190 yards and two touchdowns, while Bryce Petty was 19-of-36 with 232 yards.

Dion Lewis led the way for New England with 26 carries for 93 yards, six receptions for 40 yards and both one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown.

For New York, Bilal Powell had 13 carries for 46 yards.

Aside from Lewis for New England's receiving, Brandon Cooks posted five receptions for 79 yards and one touchdown, while Danny Amendola had four catches for 43 yards.

Neal Sterling led the way for the Jets with five catches for 74 yards, while Jermaine Kearse posted five as well, for 59 yards.

Defensively for New England, Devin McCourty led the way with eight total tackles, including seven solo. And as mentioned above, James Harrison came up big in his debut with his new team, recording five total tackles, two sacks, 2.5 tackles for losses and two quarterback hits. As a team, the Patriots had eight total sacks on the day.

The Jets' defense was led by Demario Davis with 11 total tackles, including eight solo and two tackles for losses. Jamal Adams had ten total tackles with three solo and one tackle for a loss. New York got to Brady twice on the day with David Bass and Xavier Cooper picking up a sack apiece.


The New England Patriots will travel to MetLife Stadium for a divisional game against the New York Jets. Gametime is set for 1pm on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.

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