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Brady new NFL leader in yards passing, Pats top Jets 27-13

Sun Nov 25 4:20pm ET
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Tom Brady, Josh McCown, Stephen Gostkowski, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Jermaine Kearse, Josh Gordon, Jason Myers, James White, Chris Hogan, Isaiah Crowell, Sony Michel, Christopher Herndon IV, Sam Darnold

New England Patriots' Sony Michel (26) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


New England Patriots' Julian Edelman (11) runs past New York Jets' Morris Claiborne (21) for a touchdown as Jordan Jenkins (48) and Rob Gronkowski (87) watch during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


New England Patriots' Sony Michel (26) breaks a tackle by New York Jets' Frankie Luvu (50) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


New England Patriots' Lawrence Guy, center, tackles New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown, right, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


New York Jets inside linebacker Darron Lee (58) watches as New England Patriots' Julian Edelman (11) flips after being hit by teammate Darryl Roberts during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) throws a pass over New York Jets' Jordan Jenkins (48) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne (21) defends New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (87) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. Gronkowski scored a touchdown on the play. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and became the NFL's career leader in total yards passing in regular-season and playoff games, leading the New England Patriots to a 27-13 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Brady also reached 3,000 yards passing for the 16th straight season, tying Peyton Manning for second in NFL history behind Brett Favre's 18. The New England quarterback surpassed the mark early in the fourth quarter with a 17-yard completion to a diving Josh Gordon.

Brady has 79,416 yards after going 20 of 31 for 283 yards in the victory that clinched the Patriots (8-3) their 18th straight season with a .500 record or better. That ranks second in NFL history to only Dallas, which had 21 in a row from 1965-85.

Brady had just one TD throw in his previous three games, but connected with Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman against the AFC East-rival Jets (3-8). Rookie Sony Michel ran for a season-best 133 yards and a TD, and the Patriots had 216 yards rushing to improve to 3-3 on the road this season.

Coming off a 34-10 loss to Tennessee two weeks ago, the Patriots avoided their second two-game losing streak of the season - something the franchise hasn't experienced since 2015. New England has won five straight in the series against New York and eight of the past nine.

With Jets rookie Sam Darnold out with a foot strain, 39-year-old backup Josh McCown got his second straight start - making this game the NFL's second-oldest QB combo at 80 years, 258 days with 41-year-old Brady going for New England. Only Carolina's Vinny Testaverde (44) and Green Bay's Brett Favre (38) in 2007 are an older combination at 82 years, 44 days old.

Brady got the better of McCown in this one, though, even though it took until late in the second half for the Patriots to pull away.

Brady connected with Edelman for a 21-yard touchdown that put the Patriots ahead 20-13 with 1:52 left in the third quarter. The drive opened with a 27-yard reception by Chris Hogan, followed by a 27-yard run by James White. After White was stopped for no gain, Brady found a wide-open Edelman, who ran through a tackle attempt by Jamal Adams and got into the end zone.

Michel added a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:54 left, one play after a video review reversed his TD run because it was ruled his right knee was down before he reached the goal line. The score put the Patriots up 27-13 and sent many Jets fans streaming toward the exits.

McCown was 26 of 45 for 276 yards and a touchdown to Jermaine Kearse with one interception for the Jets, who have lost five straight for the first time since the 2014 season.

JETS UP EARLY

The Jets took a 7-0 lead with 4:02 left in the opening quarter on McCown's 16-yard pass to Kearse, who made a nice move on Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones before zipping into the end zone. It was the first touchdown of the season for both McCown and Kearse.

The score was set up when Adams knocked away a pass to Gronkowski on third-and-10 that would have been a first down. McCown then marched the Jets down the field on a drive that was helped by 19-yard catches by Chris Herndon and Isaiah Crowell, and a roughing-the-passer call on Deatrich Wise Jr. on a third-down play.

But the Patriots came right back to tie it on their next possession, capped by Brady's 34-yard pass to Gronkowski with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter.

White was called for offensive pass interference on third-and-2 from the Jets 24, and coach Todd Bowles took the penalty rather than the down. So, on third-and-12, Brady fired a strike to Gronkowski, who made the grab and looked plenty healthy after missing the past two games with back and ankle issues.

Stephen Gostkowski's 34-yard field goal with 2:27 left in the first half put the Patriots up 10-7.

MYERS IS MONEY

New York's Jason Myers tied it at 10 with 3 seconds remaining in the opening half, making a 55-yarder - and setting an NFL record with five field goals of 55 yards or longer in one season. He also tied the team's home record for longest field goal for the fourth time this season.

After a 32-yarder by Gostkowski to open the second half, Myers' 38-yarder tied it again for the Jets at 13 late in the third quarter.

NOT SO CLOSE

The previous five games between the teams at MetLife Stadium had all been decided by seven points or less - including a 26-20 overtime win by the Jets in coach Todd Bowles' first season.

GRONK'S BACK

Gronkowski finished with three catches for 56 yards and the score, his first since Week 1 against Houston.

UP NEXT

Patriots: home vs. Minnesota next Sunday.

Jets: at Tennessee next Sunday.

Player Notes
James White Jan 21 12:50am ET

New England Patriots running back James White caught four passes for 49 yards, including 23 rushing yards, in the team's 37-31 win over the Chiefs to advance to the Super Bowl. One week after White caught 15 passes, the veteran running back was targeted only six times in the passing game. White already has one Super Bowl MVP under his belt and has enjoyed a career season with 85 receptions and 12 total touchdowns. He will certainly have to share time in the backfield with teammates Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead but White will see plenty of action against the Rams on February 3.

From RotoBaller

Sony Michel Jan 21 12:40am ET

New England Patriots running back Sony Michel carried the ball 29 times for 113 yards with two touchdowns in the Patriots 37-31 victory over the Chiefs to reach the Super Bowl. The rookie running back was fantastic from the jump and the Patriots leaned on him to move the chains. Michel punched in a 1-yard score to get New England on the board and then sprinted untouched for a 10-yard score in the fourth quarter. Michel is hot at the right time and will have tons of sleeper potential as a possible Super Bowl MVP heading into the Patriots matchup against the Rams on February 3.

From RotoBaller

Rob Gronkowski Jan 21 12:40am ET

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught six passes for 79 yards in the Patriots 37-31 win over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Gronk was targeted a team-high 11 times and delivered some huge plays in the wild final minutes of the game. He was counted on to pick up some huge first downs, none more important than a big-time 25-yard catch to set up a go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. Gronkowski has not looked like himself this season but with one game left, the Patriots will do all they can to unleash Gronk against the Rams in the Super Bowl on February 3.

From RotoBaller

Tom Brady Jan 21 12:30am ET

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 30 of 46 passes for 348 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Patriots thrilling AFC Championship victory over the Chiefs 37-31 in overtime. The Patriots offense got off to a slow start but the future Hall of Famer turned it on when it mattered the most. From the beginning of the fourth quarter, Brady nearly doubled his passing yards with some nearly perfect drives. When the chips were down, the Patriots put the ball in Brady's hands and delivered strike after strike as the team scored 20 points in the final quarter in addition to overtime. Brady will now play in his ninth Super Bowl on February 3, striving to win an all-time record sixth Super Bowl.

From RotoBaller

Julian Edelman Jan 21 12:30am ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman caught seven passes for 96 yards in the Patriots 37-31 overtime win over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Edelman was quiet for most of the game but was heavily targeted in the games final minutes, delivering clutch catch after catch. Edelman is clearly quarterback Tom Brady's preferred target in crunch time and the veteran receiver made some fantastic receptions in traffic. Edelman will be a top choice to lead the team in targets when the Patriots take on the Rams in the Super Bowl February 3.

From RotoBaller

Michael Thomas Jan 21 12:20am ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas caught four passes for only 36 yards in the Saints 26-23 overtime loss to the Rams in the NFC Championship Game. Thomas was targeted seven times but disappointed for a player that caught 125 passes in the regular season. The Saints offense revolved mostly around teammate Alvin Kamara and Thomas was a non-factor. Despite the disappointing end to his season, Thomas will remain a top choice among wide receivers in fantasy heading into next season.

From RotoBaller

Todd Gurley Jan 20 11:33pm ET

Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley's lack of involvement in the offense against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game was because of the 'flow' of the game, according to head coach Sean McVay.

Fantasy Spin: Gurley rushed just four times, and while he did drop a couple of passes, it is almost impossible to believe that the reason he spent most of the game on the sidelines wasn't related to the knee injury he suffered late in the year. If he is banged up, he will have two weeks to prepare before the Super Bowl.

Kyle Van Noy Jan 20 11:23pm ET

New England Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy finished with 10 tackles, including eight solo stops and a tackle for loss, and two sacks in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Rob Gronkowski Jan 20 11:13pm ET

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught six of his 11 targets for 79 yards in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: There have been rumblings that Gronkowski may hang it up after the season, but for now he has to prepare for another trip to the Super Bowl. He isn't the overwhelming force he was a few years ago, but he is still capable of putting up big numbers compared to a majority of the other tight ends in the league.

James White Jan 20 11:13pm ET

New England Patriots RB James White rushed six times for 23 yards and caught four of his six targets for 49 yards in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: It was a relatively quiet game for White, but you only need to look back one week at his 15-catch performance against the Los Angeles Chargers for a reminder of the type of production he is capable of providing.

Phillip Dorsett Jan 20 11:13pm ET

New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett caught one of his three targets for a 29-yard touchdown in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Rex Burkhead Jan 20 11:03pm ET

New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead rushed 12 times for 41 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime, and caught four passes for 23 yards in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Burkhead often takes a backseat to Sony Michel and James White, but he still is capable of delivering when his number is called and is up to three touchdowns this postseason.

Julian Edelman Jan 20 11:03pm ET

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman caught seven of his 10 targets for a team-high 96 yards in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Edelman was particularly clutch on third downs throughout the game, and he has been Tom Brady's favorite target this postseason. Heading into the Super Bowl, Edelman has 16 catches on 23 targets for 247 yards in two games.

Sammy Watkins Jan 20 10:53pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins caught four of his eight targets for 114 yards in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Injuries remain a constant issue for Watkins, but he wasn't bad when he was on the field. He topped 60 yards in five of his final six games, including the playoffs, and even as the No. 3 option in the Kansas City passing attack, he will have WR3 upside in 2019.

Tom Brady Jan 20 10:53pm ET

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 30 of his 46 passes for 348 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: It wasn't the prettiest game of Brady's playoff career, and he had a third in interception that would have ended the game wiped out by a penalty. Still, he made enough big throws to put New England back in the Super Bowl, and he will try to add his incredible legacy in a couple of weeks.

Sony Michel Jan 20 10:53pm ET

New England Patriots RB Sony Michel rushed 29 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Michel has been a monster in the postseason, logging 53 carries for 242 yards and five scores in two games. He will try to add to those numbers in the Super Bowl in a couple of weeks.

Travis Kelce Jan 20 10:43pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce caught three of his five targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: It marked just the second time all year and the first time since the season opener that Kelce failed to top 40 receiving yards. His season may have ended on a sour note, but that doesn't change the fact that Kelce may be the top fantasy option at his position heading into 2019.

Damien Williams Jan 20 10:33pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams rushed 10 times for 30 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 66 yards and two scores in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Williams didn't do much on the ground, but an early deficit had a lot to do with that. Still, he showcased his versatility once again, and since taking over as the starter, he has left no doubt that he can be a workhorse for the Kansas City backfield. Williams will have RB1 potential entering 2019.

Patrick Mahomes Jan 20 10:33pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes completed 16 of his 31 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns and rushed twice for 11 yards in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: Mahomes led the Chiefs back from an early deficit, but he never saw the ball overtime. His impressive season doesn't end with a Super Bowl appearance, but it will put him in the conversation to be the first quarterback selected in drafts in 2019.

Tyreek Hill Jan 20 10:33pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill caught one of his three targets for 42 yards in a 37-31 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.

Fantasy Spin: As the Patriots often do, they took away the best offensive weapon for their opponent. It was a quiet end to the best season of Hill's career, but he looks poised to deliver WR1 numbers for the foreseeable future as the top target for Patrick Mahomes.