|2017 New England Patriots season|
|Head coach||Bill Belichick|
|Home field||Gillette Stadium|
|Division place||1st AFC East|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (vs. Titans) 35-14|
Won AFC Championship (vs. Jaguars) 24-20
Lost Super Bowl LII (vs. Eagles) 33-41
|Team MVP||Tom Brady|
|Team ROY||Deatrich Wise Jr.|
The 2017 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League, the 58th overall and the 18th under head coach Bill Belichick. The New England Patriots entered the season as the defending champions of Super Bowl LI. They failed to match their 14-2 record from last season with their Week 14 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Despite that, in Week 15, the Patriots secured their 9th consecutive AFC East title, their 15th of the last 17 seasons, with their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. With their win over the Buffalo Bills in week 16, the Patriots obtained their 8th consecutive 12-or-more win season stretching all the way from 2010, an NFL record. Their Week 17 victory over the New York Jets clinched their top seed in the AFC for the second straight year, thus giving the Patriots home-field advantage throughout the entire AFC playoffs for the second year in a row.
The Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round 35-14, and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game 24-20, claiming their second consecutive AFC title. This was their seventh consecutive AFC Championship appearance, adding onto their record from the previous year. The win also made Tom Brady the oldest quarterback (40 years, 163 days) to win a playoff game, surpassing Brett Favre for the record. It was also the second time they advanced to the Super Bowl two consecutive seasons since 2004. They faced the Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX. This also made the Patriots the only team in NFL history to appear in ten Super Bowls, and gave the Patriots a chance to repeat as Super Bowl Champions for the second time in franchise history, and for the first time since 2004. In addition, they had the chance to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the record of most Super Bowl wins by a team in NFL history with 6. However, due to a late strip-sack of Brady by Brandon Graham and a failed Hail Mary pass, the Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII by 41-33, ending the Patriots chance at a sixth Super Bowl title and resulting in their first Super Bowl loss since 2011. The loss prevented the Patriots from repeating their three-in-four Super Bowl run that they managed from 2001 to 2004. Also with the loss, the Patriots tied the NFL record for most Super Bowl losses with five, and made them the fifth defending Super Bowl champion to lose the next year's game, after the 1978 Dallas Cowboys, the 1983 Washington Redskins, the 1997 Green Bay Packers and the 2014 Seattle Seahawks.
February 20: Long time Patriots coach, Brian Daboll, was named as the offensive coordinator for the University of Alabama football team after serving as the Patriots tight ends coach for three years.
February 27: After serving as a Patriots coaching assistant for 2 years, Nick Caley was named as the Patriots tight ends coach, replacing former Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll for the job.
|Position||Player||2017 Team||Date signed||Contract|
|TE||Martellus Bennett||Green Bay Packers||March 10, 2017||three years, $21 million|
|RB||LeGarrette Blount||Philadelphia Eagles||May 17, 2017||one year, $2.8 million|
|RB||Brandon Bolden||New England Patriots||April 5, 2017||one year, $775,000|
|DT||Alan Branch||New England Patriots||March 9, 2017||two years, $12 million|
|FB||James Develin||New England Patriots||March 6, 2017||two years, $2.85 million|
|WR||Michael Floyd||Minnesota Vikings||May 10, 2017||one year, $1.5 million |
|FS||Duron Harmon||New England Patriots||March 9, 2017||four years, $17 million|
|MLB||Dont'a Hightower||New England Patriots||March 15, 2017||four years, $43.5 million|
|DE||Chris Long||Philadelphia Eagles||March 28, 2017||two years, $4.8 million|
|OLB||Barkevious Mingo||Indianapolis Colts||March 9, 2017||one year, $2.5 million|
|CB||Logan Ryan||Tennessee Titans||March 10, 2017||three years, $30 million|
|DE/OLB||Jabaal Sheard||Indianapolis Colts||March 10, 2017||three years, $25.5 million|
|Position||Player||2017 Team||Date signed||Contract|
|CB||Malcolm Butler||New England Patriots||April 18, 2017||assigned tender (first-round) on March 7, 2017 ($3.91 million)|
|OT||Cameron Fleming||New England Patriots||April 10, 2017||assigned tender (original-round) on March 7, 2017 ($1.797 million)|
|TE||Michael Williams||New England Patriots||March 9, 2017||one year, $540,000|
|Position||Player||2017 Team||Date signed||Contract|
|CB||Justin Coleman||New England Patriots||March 16, 2017||assigned tender on March 7, one year, $615,000|
|SS||Brandon King||New England Patriots||April 11, 2017||assigned tender on March 8, one year, $615,000|
|TE||Matt Lengel||New England Patriots||April 18, 2017||assigned tender on March 7, one year, $540,000|
|Position||Player||Previous team||Date signed||Contract|
|TE||Rob Housler||Chicago Bears||January 19, 2017||future contract |
|CB||Stephon Gilmore||Buffalo Bills||March 10, 2017||five years, $65 million|
|DT||Lawrence Guy||Baltimore Ravens||March 11, 2017||four years, $13.4 million|
|RB||Rex Burkhead||Cincinnati Bengals||March 14, 2017||one year, $3.15 million|
|RB||Mike Gillislee||Buffalo Bills||April 24, 2017||two years, $6.4 million|
|WR||Devin Street||Indianapolis Colts||May 2, 2017||claimed off waivers|
|C||James Ferentz||Denver Broncos||May 18, 2017||one year, $615,000|
|WR||DeAndrew White||New England Patriots||May 21, 2017||one year, $540,000|
|WR||Andrew Hawkins||Cleveland Browns||May 24, 2017||one year, $980,000|
|LB||David Harris||New York Jets||June 21, 2017||two years, $5 million|
|DE||Caleb Kidder||Minnesota Vikings||July 26, 2017||one year, $465,000|
|WR||Tony Washington||Jacksonville Jaguars||July 27, 2017||one year, $540,000|
|WR||K. J. Maye||Tennessee Titans||July 30, 2017||one year, $465,000|
|DE||Michael Bart||Arizona Cardinals||August 28, 2017||one year, $465,000|
|DE||Nick Usher||Seattle Seahawks||August 28, 2017||one year, $465,000|
|RB||Brandon Bolden||New England Patriots||Re-signed September 4, 2017||one year, $775,000|
|QB||Brian Hoyer||San Francisco 49ers||November 1, 2017||three years, $4,441,470|
|DE||Ricky Jean Francois||Green Bay Packers||November 7, 2017||one year, $990,000|
|TE||Martellus Bennett||Green Bay Packers||November 9, 2017||two years, $14 million|
|DE||Eric Lee||Buffalo Bills||November 21, 2017||two years, $1,020,000|
|LB||Nicholas Grigsby||Baltimore Ravens||November 28, 2017||two years, $1,170,000|
|OG||Jason King||Baltimore Ravens||November 28, 2017||one year, $465,000|
|LB||Jonathan Freeny||Jacksonville Jaguars||Re-signed December 6, 2017||one year, $775,000|
|WR||Kenny Britt||Cleveland Browns||December 12, 2017||two years, $2.4 million|
|DE||Ricky Jean Francois||New England Patriots||Re-signed December 13, 2017||one year, $900,000|
|OLB||James Harrison||Pittsburgh Steelers||December 26, 2017||one year, $1,000,000|
|WR||Bernard Reedy||New England Patriots||Re-signed January 17, 2017||one year, $225,000|
|Indicates that the player was a free agent at the end of his respective team's 2016 season.|
|OT||Sebastian Vollmer||Released March 3, 2017|
|RB||Tyler Gaffney||Waived March 20, 2017|
|OG||Tre' Jackson||Waived April 18, 2017|
|TE||Michael Williams||Released May 12, 2017|
|TE||Rob Housler||Released May 17, 2017|
|OG||Chris Barker||Released May 18, 2017|
|WR||Devin Street||Released May 24, 2017|
|DE||Corey Vereen||Waived June 5, 2017|
|WR||DeAndrew White||Released June 22, 2017|
|OG||Chase Farris||Released July 20, 2017|
|WR||Andrew Hawkins||Retired July 25, 2017|
|OLB/DE||Rob Ninkovich||Retired July 30, 2017|
|SS||Dwayne Thomas||Released August 11, 2017|
|DE||Kony Ealy||Released August 26, 2017|
|DE||Caleb Kidder||Released August 27, 2017|
|TE||Matt Lengel||Released August 27, 2017|
|OLB||Christian Kuntz||Released August 29, 2017|
|FB||Glenn Gronkowski||Released September 1, 2017|
|TE||Sam Cotton||Released September 1, 2017|
|OT||Max Rich||Released September 1, 2017|
|OG||Jason King||Released September 1, 2017|
|DE||Michael Bart||Released September 1, 2017|
|DT||Josh Augusta||Released September 1, 2017|
|FS||Jason Thompson||Released September 1, 2017|
|OLB||Jonathan Freeny||Released September 1, 2017|
|WR||Tony Washington||Released September 2, 2017|
|WR||K.J. Maye||Released September 2, 2017|
|OLB||Trevor Bates||Released September 2, 2017|
|RB||D.J. Foster||Released September 2, 2017|
|RB||LeShun Daniels||Released September 2, 2017|
|CB||D.J. Killings||Released September 2, 2017|
|OT||Andrew Jelks||Released September 2, 2017|
|CB||Kenny Moore||Released September 2, 2017|
|OG||Jamil Douglas||Released September 2, 2017|
|SS||Damarius Travis||Released September 2, 2017|
|WR||Cody Hollister||Released September 2, 2017|
|FS||David Jones||Released September 2, 2017|
|DE||Nick Usher||Released September 2, 2017|
|WR||Austin Carr||Released September 2, 2017|
|TE||James O'Shaughnessy||Released September 2, 2017|
|DE||Geneo Grissom||Released September 2, 2017|
|HB||Brandon Bolden||Released September 2, 2017|
|OG||Ted Karras||Released September 2, 2017|
|C||James Ferentz||Released September 2, 2017|
|MLB||Brooks Ellis||Released September 2, 2017|
|DT||Woodrow Hamilton||Released September 2, 2017|
|DT||Darius Kilgo||Released September 2, 2017|
|CB||William Likely||Released September 2, 2017|
|WR||Devin Lucien||Released September 2, 2017|
|OT||Conor McDermott||Released September 2, 2017|
|DE||Geneo Grissom||Waived November 9, 2017|
|DE||Cassius Marsh||Released November 21, 2017|
|DE||Ricky Jean-Francois||Released December 2, 2017|
|OG||Jason King||Released December 2, 2017|
|WR||Bernard Reedy||Released December 13, 2017|
|OLB||Jonathan Freeny||Released December 13, 2017|
|OLB||Trevor Reilly||Waived December 26, 2017|
|2017 New England Patriots draft|
|3||83||Derek Rivers||OLB||Youngstown St|
|4||131||Deatrich Wise Jr.||DE||Arkansas|
|Made roster + Pro Football Hall of Fame * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
|Draft pick year||Round||Overall||Team||Received|
|2017||1||32||to New Orleans Saints||Received wide receiver Brandin Cooks and the Saints' fourth-round selection (No. 118 overall).|
|2017||2||64||to Carolina Panthers||Received Carolina's third-round selection (No. 72 overall) and defensive end Kony Ealy|
|2017||3||72||to Tennessee Titans||Received Tennessee's third-round selection (No. 83 overall) and Tennessee's fourth-round selection (No. 124 overall)|
|2016||5||147||to Seattle Seahawks||Received Seattle's 2017 fourth-round selection (No. 131 overall) and Seattle's 2016 seventh-round selection (No. 225 overall)|
|2017||4||137||to Indianapolis Colts||Received Indianapolis's sixth-round selection (No. 200) and tight end Dwayne Allen.|
|Linebacker Jamie Collins||to Cleveland Browns||Received Cleveland's third-round compensatory selection (No. 103 overall)|
|2017||5||175||Received linebacker Barkevious Mingo|
|Tight end A.J. Derby||to Denver Broncos||Received Denver's fifth-round selection (No. 163 overall)|
|2017||5||183||to Kansas City Chiefs||Received tight end James O'Shaughnessy and Kansas City's sixth-round compensatory selection (No. 216 overall)|
|2017||3||96||to Detroit Lions||Received Detroit's third-round selection (No. 85 overall)|
|6||215||Received linebacker Kyle Van Noy and the Lions' seventh-round selection (No. 239 overall)|
|7||250||Received tight end Michael Williams.|
|2017||6||216||to Dallas Cowboys||Received Dallas's sixth-round selection (No. 211)|
|Josh Augusta||DT||Missouri||May 5, 2017|
|Kenny Moore||CB||Valdosta St.|
|Sam Cotton||TE||Nebraska||May 18, 2017|
|William Likely||CB||Maryland||June 5, 2017|
|Keionta Davis||DE||Chattanooga||August 11, 2017|
|Christian Kuntz||LB||Duquesne||August 28, 2017|
|Made regular season roster|
As of the Patriots' first training camp practice at Gillette Stadium on July 27, they had the NFL maximum of 90 players signed.
|1||Jacksonville Jaguars||L 24-31||0-1||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|2||at Houston Texans||L 23-27||0-2||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|3||at Detroit Lions||W 30-28||1-2||Ford Field||Recap|
|4||New York Giants||L 38-40||1-3||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|1||September 7||Kansas City Chiefs||L 27-42||0-1||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|2||September 17||at New Orleans Saints||W 36-20||1-1||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|3||September 24||Houston Texans||W 36-33||2-1||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|4||October 1||Carolina Panthers||L 30-33||2-2||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|5||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 19-14||3-2||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
|6||October 15||at New York Jets||W 24-17||4-2||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|7||October 22||Atlanta Falcons||W 23-7||5-2||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|8||October 29||Los Angeles Chargers||W 21-13||6-2||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|10||November 12||at Denver Broncos||W 41-16||7-2||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||Recap|
|11||November 19||at Oakland Raiders||W 33-8||8-2||Estadio Azteca (Mexico City)||Recap|
|12||November 26||Miami Dolphins||W 35-17||9-2||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|13||December 3||at Buffalo Bills||W 23-3||10-2||New Era Field||Recap|
|14||at Miami Dolphins||L 20-27||10-3||Hard Rock Stadium||Recap|
|15||December 17||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 27-24||11-3||Heinz Field||Recap|
|16||December 24||Buffalo Bills||W 37-16||12-3||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|17||December 31||New York Jets||W 26-6||13-3||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
The Patriots started their season at home on Thursday, September 7 as the defending Super Bowl champion. They would strike first in the first quarter when Mike Gillislee ran for a 2-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead. The Chiefs however tied it later on in the quarter at 7-7 when Alex Smith found Demetrius Harris on a 7-yard pass. In the second quarter, the Pats moved ahead by double digits as Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 25-yard field goal followed up by Gillislee running for another 2-yard touchdown to make the score 10-7 and increased it to 17-7. The Chiefs came within 3 before halftime when Smith found Kareem Hunt on a 3-yard pass for a 17-14 game.
In the third quarter, the Chiefs took the lead as Smith found Tyreek Hill on a 75-yard pass to make it 21-17. Though the Pats moved back into the lead when Gillislee ran for a 1-yard touchdown to make it 24-21. They then closed out the quarter with a 27-21 lead when Gostowski kicked a 32-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, it was all Chiefs. It all started with Smith finding Hunt again this time on a 78-yard pass to retake the lead 28-27. This was followed by Hunt's 4-yard run for a touchdown to make it 35-27. Finally, they closed the scoring of the game with Charcandrick West's 21-yard run for a touchdown for the final score of 42-27.
This game was the Chiefs' first win in Foxborough since 1990. Additionally, the Patriots defense allowed 537 total yards which is the most yardage ever given up by a Bill Belichick team during a single game as the Patriots began 0-1 for the first time since 2014.
The Patriots rebounded from their opening week loss by establishing an early insurmountable lead against the New Orleans Saints in their week 2 matchup for their first visit to Mercedes-Benz Superdome since the Saints' Super Bowl winning 2009 season. Brandin Cooks returned to the Bayou while the controversy for the Saints was around backs Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram competing for touches. (Alvin Kamara, who would go on to win 2017 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, was not yet getting significant playing time in week 2.) Peterson would later be shipped to the Cardinals in an ironic turn of events for Chris Johnson. Tom Brady completed three first-quarter touchdown passes to Rex Burkhead, Rob Gronkowski, and Chris Hogan. The three touchdowns marked a personal record for Brady, who had never in his career had so many scores in the first quarter of any game.Mike Gillislee added a running touchdown in the second quarter, and the Patriots played a conservative second half to seal the 36-20 victory. This would be the only home loss the Saints would have this season. Grownkowski injured his groin in the third quarter, causing him to leave the game.
The week 3 matchup vs. the Texans proved to be a greater challenge for the Patriots than the Saints had been in week 2. The Patriots scored first on a 7-play drive ending with a Tom Brady 5-yard throw to Rob Gronkowski, who was playing with a groin injury that took him out of the previous week's game. The game would progress through seven lead changes, as Texans rookie quarterback DeShaun Watson would go drive-for-drive against Brady. Watson threw two touchdowns, one of which to his tight end Ryan Griffin, who attended college in New England at UConn. Two field goals late in the game would give the Texans their final lead at 33-28. With less than 2:25 remaining in the game, Brady led the Patriots on a frantic 8-play 71-yard drive that culminated in a 25-yard reception by Brandin Cooks to give the Patriots the 36-33 win.
The Patriots' third game at home this season was their second loss of the season. Tom Brady's attempted comeback in the fourth quarter was not enough to beat Cam Newton and the Panthers as Carolina upset New England 33-30 with a last second 48-yard field goal courtesy of Graham Gano. At the end of Week 4, the Patriots' defense was ranked last in the entire NFL. In this rematch of Super Bowl XXXVIII, this was the second consecutive time, after the 2013 season, that the Pats lost a heartbreaker to Cam Newton. This was the last time the Patriots lost a home game until Week 14 of 2019.
With the loss, the Pats fell to 2-2. Brady's record against the Panthers overall also fell to 2-3.
For the first time since 2009, the Patriots wore an all-white ensemble for this game, against the Buccaneers. For the first time this season, the Patriots were held to just a single touchdown on offense. Buccaneers place kicker Nick Folk missed all three field goal attempts in this game, which proved fatal to any chance they had at a comeback. After the conclusion of Week 5, the Patriots claimed a share in a three-way tie for the division lead. Star tight-end Rob Gronkowski did not play in the game, after being listed on the injury report for suffering from a thigh injury suffered at practice the previous day.
Another interesting chapter was added to the Patriots-Jets rivalry at MetLife. With this victory over the Jets, quarterback Tom Brady earned his 187th regular season win. Brady surpassed Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as the NFL's sole all-time leader in regular season wins. While missing two key components of their defensive secondary, the Patriots were able to overcome a two touchdown deficit in the first half and were able to hold on to secure the victory on a final drive surge from the Jets. Star tight end Rob Gronkowski made his return to the lineup, and contributed two touchdowns as well as several other key catches in the victory. This game also marked the first time since Week 1 that Brady did not throw for 300 yards.
During this game, in the 4th quarter, a controversial play caused a Jets touchdown to be reversed by official review when it was found that Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins juggled the ball after being hit, resulting in a fumble, and didn't regain control until he was out of bounds which, by rule, is enforced as a turnover and a touchback.
For the first time since Week 3 of last season, the Patriots wore their all-blue Color Rush uniforms, for this Super Bowl LI rematch. The Patriots defense, for the first time this season, were able to hold an opposing quarterback under 300 passing yards, with Matt Ryan only logging 233. The defense also made key stops, including blocking a field goal, stopping the Falcons in the red zone resulting in a missed field goal, and stopping Atlanta on a 4th down attempt from the 1-yard line. During the game, an extremely dense fog covered the stadium for most of the contest, resulting in the television broadcast being forced to use their on-field cameras much more than normal. As the Chiefs had lost to Oakland on Thursday Night Football, the Patriots' win against the Falcons moved them into a three-way tie for the best record in the AFC with the Chiefs and Steelers.
In their last game before the bye week, the Patriots took on the Los Angeles Chargers at home. The teams traded punts on the opening two possessions. The Chargers scored first on an 87-yard run by Melvin Gordon, matching a 56-year old Chargers record. With the next drive, the Patriots scored on a 2-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski at the start of the second quarter. Later in the second quarter, the Chargers returner Travis Benjamin caught a Ryan Allen punt at his own 8-yard line and ran backwards into his own endzone in an attempt to evade the Patriots coverage team. The resulting safety by Brandon King gave the Patriots their first lead at 9-7, and the Patriots would never trail again, kicking four field goals, and holding off a late-game surge by the Chargers to preserve a 21-13 win.
The game was notable for the performances by Patriots running backs. Heavy rain slowed down the long passing game, so short passes to the running backs dominated the Patriots offensive game plan. Running backs James White and Rex Burkhead led the Patriots in receiving with 85 yards and 68 yards respectively, mostly on yards after catch. Fellow running back Dion Lewis led the Patriots in ground yardage for the fourth straight week, with Mike Gillislee also contributing to key short-yardage situations. The Patriots entered the bye week at 6-2, a position almost nobody expected before or after week four.
A few days after this, the Patriots sent backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a second-round draft pick. Garoppolo led the 49ers to five consecutive wins after replacing C. J. Beathard.
The Patriots usually play very well coming off of a bye week and 2017 was no exception. The Patriots opened the game with a 3-and-out, but on the ensuing punt, Denver returner Isaiah McKenzie muffed the return, and it was recovered by the Patriots. Brady capitalized quickly, as two quick completions to Rex Burkhead gave the Pats the lead at 12:43 in the first quarter, a lead they would not relinquish. The Broncos answered with a field goal, and on the ensuing kickoff, Pats special teams came through again with a Dion Lewis kick return for a touchdown. The Broncos added a second field goal in the first quarter, while the Patriots responded with one of their own at the start of the second quarter. The Broncos next drive stalled out short of midfield, and Burkhead found a hole in the line to block the Riley Dixon punt, once again giving the Patriots good field position. The Patriots and Broncos traded field goals, and the Patriots closed out the first half with a Brady-to-Dwayne Allen touchdown, his first reception of the season. The Broncos only sustained touchdown drive came at the start of the second half, ending in a Brock Osweiler-to-Demaryius Thomas seven-yard pass. Two more touchdowns by the Patriots (a run by Lewis and a reception by James White) would seal the deal, with Brady taking a rest at the end of the game to give new acquisition Brian Hoyer some game-time reps.
For his performance, Brady was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week, his third this season and the 30th of his career. In addition, running back Dion Lewis also earned honors, receiving the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award.
Tom Brady became the first player to pass for 300 yards in three different countries: USA, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
The Pats' 14-game road win streak ended in Miami, the same place where they suffered their last regular season road loss on January 3, 2016. Rob Gronkowski missed this game due to suspension.
The return of Rob Gronkowski, and a late-game interception resulted in the Patriots defeating the Steelers. The Pats won the AFC East for the 9th straight year. The Patriots trailed 24-16 at the end of the third quarter. They scored on a 46-yard field goal with 4:00 left in the game to pull within 24-19. Then, with 56 seconds remaining, Dion Lewis scored on an 8-yard run and the Patriots added a two-point conversion to go ahead 27-24.
JuJu Smith-Schuster set the Steelers up deep in Patriots territory with a 69-yard reception from Ben Roethlisberger. It looked like Pittsburgh regained the lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to tight end Jesse James. However, the play was overturned and the Steelers couldn't find the end zone. The game ended on a Roethlisberger interception. With this win, the Patriots improved to 11-3 and clinched the AFC East division title for the 9th consecutive season.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown left in the first half with a bruised calf. He was taken to the hospital and didn't return.
Tom Brady passed for a pair of touchdowns and the New England Patriots stayed on track to claim home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a 37-16 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and also with the Jacksonville Jaguars losing late in the day, the Patriots clinched a first round bye for the 8th consecutive season.
Dion Lewis caught a touchdown pass and rushed for a 4-yard score. He carried 24 times for career-high 129 yards. It was just his second-career 100-yard game. Mike Gillislee (former Bill himself), active for the first time in six games, added a 1-yard rushing touchdown.
With the win, the New England Patriots gained the #1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the entire AFC playoffs for the second year in a row.
|(1)New England Patriots||13||3||0||.813||5-1||10-2||458||296||W3|
|New York Jets||5||11||0||.313||2-4||5-7||298||382||L4|
|1[a]||New England Patriots||East||13||3||0||.813||5-1||10-2||.484||.466||W3|
|4[b]||Kansas City Chiefs||West||10||6||0||.625||5-1||8-4||.477||.481||W4|
|Did not qualify for the postseason|
|8[c]||Los Angeles Chargers||West||9||7||0||.563||3-3||6-6||.457||.347||W2|
|13[e]||New York Jets||East||5||11||0||.313||2-4||5-7||.520||.438||L4|
|Playoff round||Date||Opponent (seed)||Result||Record||Game site||NFL.com|
|Wild Card||First-round bye|
|Divisional||January 13, 2018||Tennessee Titans (5)||W 35-14||1-0||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|AFC Championship||January 21, 2018||Jacksonville Jaguars (3)||W 24-20||2-0||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|Super Bowl LII||February 4, 2018||vs. Philadelphia Eagles (N1)||L 33-41||2-1||U.S. Bank Stadium||Recap|
The Patriots set a club playoff record by sacking Marcus Mariota eight times for their second win in three career playoff matches with the Titans franchise. The Patriots held Titans RB Derrick Henry to only 28 yards on 12 carries the week after he went for 156 yds against the Chiefs. This marked the third playoff meeting between the two clubs, the first since 2003, with the Patriots now holding a 2-1 advantage. They split the first two meetings, both in the Divisional round, including the first game against the Titans' predecessor, the Houston Oilers.
This marked the fifth playoff meeting between the two clubs with the Patriots now holding a 4-1 advantage. This was their second meeting in the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots winning in 1996 as well.
The Pats overall record improved to 15-3.
With this loss, the Patriots were unable to defend their Super Bowl title from last year. The team finished the season with an overall record of 15-4. However, the 33 points scored is the most ever by a team that lost the Super Bowl. Tom Brady is also the first QB ever to throw for over 500 yards and lose the Super Bowl. His personal Super Bowl record dropped to 5-3. His record against the NFC East in Super Bowls also dropped to 1-3.
The Patriots, however, became the first team to appear in and play in 10 Super Bowls. But, despite the fact that they are still tied with the Cowboys and 49ers for 5 franchise wins, this loss tied them with the Broncos for most Super Bowls lost, with 5.
|Passing yards||Tom Brady||4,577|
|Passing touchdowns||Tom Brady||32|
|Rushing yards||Dion Lewis||896|
|Rushing touchdowns||Dion Lewis||6|
|Receiving yards||Rob Gronkowski||1,084|
|Receiving touchdowns||Rob Gronkowski||8|
|Kickoff return yards||Dion Lewis||570|
|Punt return yards||Danny Amendola||232|
|Forced fumbles||Malcolm Butler||3|
Source for this section: NFL.com.
|Tom Brady||Week 2: AFC Offensive Player of the Week|
Week 3: AFC Offensive Player of the Week
Week 3: FedEx Air Player of the Week
Week 10: AFC Offensive Player of the Week
November: AFC Offensive Player of the Month
2017 Associated Press NFL MVP
|Stephen Gostkowski||Week 11: AFC Special Teams Player of the week|
|Rob Gronkowski||Week 15: AFC Offensive Player of the week|
|Dion Lewis||Week 10: AFC Special Teams Player of the Week|
Week 16: AFC Offensive Player of the Week
|Jordan Richards||2017 New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award|
|Matthew Slater||2017 New England Patriots Ed Block Courage Award|
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