Patriots Cruise Past Jets and Clinch A.F.C.’s Top Seed

Patriots Cruise Past Jets and Clinch A.F.C.’s Top Seed
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The Patriots’ James Harrison, right, got two sacks in a row to end their game against the Jets on Sunday. Credit Charles Krupa/Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Dion Lewis ran for one touchdown and caught another one, helping the New England Patriots clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as the top seed in the A.F.C. with a 26-6 victory over the Jets on Sunday.

The win clinched the seventh 13-win season for the Patriots (13-3); only the San Francisco 49ers have more, with nine. It was also Bill Belichick’s 250th career regular-season win, moving him into a tie with Tom Landry for third among head coaches.

The Patriots (13-3) have defeated the Jets (5-11) in four straight meetings and haven’t lost to them at home during the regular season with Tom Brady starting since 2006. Brady’s 13 wins as a starter this season tied him with Brett Favre for the most by a starting quarterback aged 40 or older.

Lewis finished with a season-high 26 carries for 93 yards. Brandin Cooks had 11 catches for 79 yards and touchdown for New England, which will have a first-round bye in the playoffs. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was held without a catch for the first time this season and for the third time in his career. It was also the first game in his career he was not the target of a pass for an entire game.

James Harrison, signed by New England last Tuesday after being cut by Pittsburgh, had two sacks — on consecutive plays to end the game — and finished with five total tackles and a forced fumble.

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