FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots claimed two victories in one game.
Actually, it only took them about a half.
Tom Brady threw for three first-half touchdowns and New England clinched its ninth straight first-round bye in the playoffs on Sunday with a 38-3 victory over the New York Jets. The Patriots (11-5) finished the season undefeated at home, where they’ll have at least one playoff game.
“Essentially, we won next week because we won today,” coach Bill Belichick said.