Patriots are looking at Jets game like a playoff game
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“It’s a one-game season,” said New England Patriots running back James White.
That’s the mentality that the team is bringing in this week’s regular-season finale against the New York Jets. New England needs to win this game to keep the No. 2 seed in the conference and to secure a first-round playoff bye - so they are not taking this game lightly.
“If you win, it’s essentially a playoff win, and I think those are hard to come by,” said Tom Brady. “So this particular week is essentially a playoff week for us. If we win, we keep advancing, and obviously we advance past the first round.”
“There’s definitely a lot riding on this game,” said Hogan. “And I don’t think we’re looking forward to what happens in the future. I think all of our focus is on the Jets and what we have to do to come out and play a good football game against them.”
Postseason stakes are on the line for the Patriots, and it seems like they have the right mentality going into the game this Sunday.