The GOAT Tramples the Kid as Patriots Earn Playoff Bye Week With Huge Win Over the Jets

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It was the G.O.A.T. vs. the Kid on Sunday when Tom Brady faced off against Jets rookie Sam Darnold. 

But their almost 20-year age difference was far less than the difference in scores for the two starting quarterbacks as the Patriots trounced the Jets 38-3. Experience definitely surpassed youth in this division matchup. 

Hell, even the New England defense dropped a touchdown on New York! Kyle Van Noy trotted into the end zone after scooping up the ball when defensive tackle Adam Butler forced a Darnold fumble.

The decisive win saw Julian Edelman, Rex Burkhead, Phillip Dorsett and James White all score touchdowns for the offence. Edels and his magical beard also had the best stat of the day – namely 69 receiving yards! 

With the Week 17 victory, the Pats will now get a week off after clinching their ninth straight first-round bye, their and 13th since 2001. It was also the franchise’s 500th regular season win since the dawn of greatness in 1960, and made them undefeated at home in 2018.

That valuable bye week is also why Brady described Sunday as a playoff game, as it essentially meant that they won on wild-card weekend by not having to play a game, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported. 

“Old Man Brady” was 24-of-33 with 250 yards passing and four touchdown passes, before handing the reins to Brian Hoyer late in the fourth quarter.

TB12 now has 6,001 career completions, the fourth most of all time in the NFL, joining Drew Brees, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning at the 6,000+ milestone. He also heads into the 38th postseason game of his career after nailing on his best games of the current season that saw him totally clicking with a plethora of targets.

Never one to toot his own horn, Brady said “it took a great team effort today”  in the post game press conference. 

With the number two spot in the AFC, New England will now play either Houston, Baltimore or the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Oct. 13. at 1 p.m. ET at Gillette. 

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