Ok, so we got our asses handed to us by a (hey, I can say it) better team. But no one expected us to go 10-6, much less make the playoffs. Plus, our quarterback finally stayed healthy for a whole season and we have a coach steering us in the right direction. Some help in the secondary and better back-up QB (see: Jeff Garcia) and we'll be fine.
Brady capped long scoring drives with short touchdown passes to Daniel GrahamKevin Faulk, and Asante Samuel sealed it with a 36-yard interception return for a score with 4:54 left in the game as the three-time Super Bowl champions beat the New York Jets 37-16 on Sunday. and
New England (13-4), the only team to win a playoff game in each of the last four seasons, will play at top-seeded San Diego (14-2) next Sunday. The Patriots are going for their fourth Super Bowl title in six seasons.
Brady improved to 10-2 against the Jets (10-7), and played much better than in the teams' last meeting, when New York frustrated the quarterback and won 17-14. This time, Brady was in control right from the start.
New England, which has won seven of eight since that loss to New York, improved to 9-1 at home in the playoffs, and hasn't lost in the postseason since a 31-14 defeat against the Houston Oilers on Dec. 31, 1978. The Jets made things interesting early, taking a 10-7 lead in the second quarter on a 77-yard touchdown catch and run by Jerricho Cotchery.