New York Jets vs. New England Patriots: RECAP, final score, stats (12/24/16), NFL Week 16

The struggling New York Jets, led by Todd Bowles and Brandon Marshall, played their Week 16 NFL regular season game against the New England Patriots on Saturday, December 24, 2016, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Patriots are led by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

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Check the scoreboard above for the final score and click on the stats link for game stats.

Here's NJ Advance Media's coverage:

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Here's the AP recap:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Tom Brady passed for 214 yards and three touchdowns , and the Patriots moved a step closer to securing home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 41-3 win over the New York Jets on Saturday.

A loss or tie by the Raiders against the Colts later Saturday would officially give New England the AFC's top seed.

Malcolm Butler added two interceptions and a fumble recovery, and LeGarrette Blount had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs.

New England (13-2) took advantage of New York miscues all day, scoring on three of its first four possessions.

The Jets (4-11), who have lost six of seven, had four turnovers.

It all helped make for a short day of work for Brady, who sat out the entire fourth quarter.

The only really good piece of news for the Jets came before the game, when coach Todd Bowles rejoined the team and coached from the sideline a day after a medical scare sent him to the hospital.

Bowles did not travel on the team plane on Friday, but joined the Jets in New England on Saturday morning. The 53-year-old coach fell ill Friday afternoon and was taken to a hospital in New Jersey with what the team called an "undisclosed illness."

But injuries for New York continue to pile up.

For the second straight week, Jets quarterback Bryce Petty's day ended early when he went to the sideline in the first quarter with a left shoulder injury.

He was replaced by backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, but it did little to improve New York's fortunes on offense.

For the game, the Jets finished with 239 total yards and were 1 for 11 on third down. Petty was 0 for 3 passing before his injury with an interception. Fitzpatrick finished 8 for 21 for 136 yards and two interceptions. Receiver Brandon Marshall also left the game in the third quarter with a hip injury.

New England turned each of New York's three first-half turnovers into points.

First, Butler picked off a pass from Petty to set up a 5-yard touchdown pass by Brady to Martellus Bennett that put the Patriots up 10-0.

A few series later, Butler was there again to pounce on Khiry Robinson's fumble, which set up a 22-yard by Stephen Gostkowski.

Then, after Fitzpatrick had come on to replace Petty, his second drive started with a deep pass along the sideline intended for Marshall that was intercepted by Eric Rowe.

That was followed by an 18-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Matt Lengel, who made his first NFL reception.


Brady marked yet another career milestone with 50 career games with at least three touchdowns and no interceptions. ... With his 22-yard field goal in the second quarter, Gostkowski notched his 300th career field goal. He is the 30th player to reach the 300-field goal mark.


The New England Patriots don't seem to be having any trouble filling in for tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Lengel was an undrafted free agent who spent last season on the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad. The Patriots signed him last month when Gronkowski was injured. Gronkowski returned to play in two more games before having season-ending back surgery.

With the All-Pro tight end out, the Patriots have relied mostly on Martellus Bennett, who had 52 catches and six touchdowns, including one score against the Jets.


Jets: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins left with a hamstring injury in the first half and also did not return. DL Leonard Williams exited in the third quarter with a chest injury, but returned. RB Khiry Robinson left with a leg injury after being active for the first time this season.


Jets: Wrap up their season at home against the Bills on Jan. 1.

Patriots: Conclude their regular-season schedule at Miami on New Year's Day.

Here's what you needed to know before kickoff:

Who: New York Jets at New England Patriots 

When: Saturday, December 24, 2016

Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Kickoff: 1 p.m. Eastern


Announcers: Ian Eagle on play-by-play, Dan Fouts as the analyst 

Livestream: NFL GamePass (subscription required)

Line: Patriots -16.5 

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More to know: JETS: QB BRYCE PETTY has 492 pass yards (246 per game) in past 2. QB RYAN FITZPATRICK has 1,197 pass yards (299.3 per game) with 9 TDs vs. 1 INT for 105.1 rating in past 4 vs. NE...RB BILAL POWELL has 341 scrimmage yards (170.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in past 2. Had 11 catches last week. RB MATT FORTE has 279 scrimmage yards (93 per game) & rec. TD in past 3 meetings. Is 1 of 2 active players in NFL (FRANK GORE) with 9+ consecutive seasons (9) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards...WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 182 rec. yards & 3 TD catches in past 2 vs. NE. Since entering league in 2006, ranks 2nd in NFL with 939 catches & 12,033 rec. yards. WR ROBBY ANDERSON has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Has 179 rec. yards (89.5 per game) in past 2...DE SHELDON RICHARDSON has sack in 2 of past 3 vs. NE. Rookie LB JORDAN JENKINS has 1.5 sacks in past 2...PATRIOTS: Clinched AFC East. Have won 8 consecutive division titles, longest streak in NFL history...QB TOM BRADY has 23 pass TDs vs. 4 INTs for 96.1 rating in past 12 vs. NYJ. Passed for 286 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Leads NFL QBs (min. 10 pass TDs) with 11.0 TD/INT ratio...RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT has franchise record & NFL leading 15 rush TDs. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD. RB DION LEWIS rushed for 95 yards last week. Since 2015, RB JAMES WHITE ties for lead among NFL RBs with 8 rec. TDs... Since 2013, WR JULIAN EDELMAN ranks 5th in NFL with 343 receptions. Rookie WR MALCOLM MITCHELL had 2 TD catches in last meeting...DE TREY FLOWERS had 2 sacks last week. Has 3 games with 2+ sacks this season, tied for 2nd most in NFL. CB LOGAN RYAN had INT last week. DE CHRIS LONG has 3 sacks in past 2 meetings. -- NFL Communications

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