Sunday, January 7, 2007

Patriots 37, Jets 16

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Tom Brady and the New England Patriots showed why they scare the rest of the AFC during the playoffs.

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.

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.

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