Patriots-Jets game notes: Pats hope to take step closer to No. 1 seed

Patriots-Jets game notes: Pats hope to take step closer to No. 1 seed

A quick look at the information you need to know about today's Patriots-Jets game:


TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 12-2, Jets 4-10



TV ANNOUNCERS: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn

LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak


LAST MEETING: Patriots 22, Jets 17 on Nov. 27, 2016 at MetLife Stadium

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-- Today is the sixth time in their history the Patriots are playing on Christmas Eve. They are 3-2 in Christmas Eve games: 1) 24-20 loss to the Rams in Foxboro in 1989. 2) 13-3 victory over the Bears in Chicago in 1994. 3) 27-24 loss to the Dolphins in Foxboro in 2000. 4) 24-21 victory over the Jaguars in Jacksonville in 2006. 5) 27-24 victory over the Dolphins in Foxboro in 2011.

-- The Patriots can clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC and home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs with either two wins in their last two games, or one win in their last two games and at least one loss by the Raiders.

-- The Patriots are attempting to sweep their season series with the Jets for the 17th time, and also reach 13 victories in a single season for the sixth time in team history.

-- The Patriots are 32-25-1 all-time at home against the Jets, including 1-1 in the playoffs. They are 12-4 against them at Gillette Stadium, regular season and playoffs.

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-- Tom Brady enters today's game with 22 career victories against the Jets. If the Patriots win, he will tie Brett Favre for third place on the list of most victories by a QB against an opponent. (Favre had 23 wins against the Bears.) The NFL record is 26, which is shared by Brady (26 wins against the Bills) and Favre (26 wins against the Lions.)

-- If the Patriots win today, they will finish undefeated in December. That would be their second undefeated month in the 2016 season (they were also unbeaten in September) and the 23rd since 2000. In that span, they also went undefeated in December in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

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-- REFEREE: Gene Steratore. UMPIRE: Bill Schuster. HEAD LINESMAN: Mike Spanier. LINE JUDGE: Gary Arthur. FIELD JUDGE: Mike Weatherford. SIDE JUDGE: Bob Waggoner. BACK JUDGE: Shawn Hochuli. REPLAY OFFICIAL: Paul Weidner.

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.

The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.

Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.

Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.


Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.

Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.

The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.

Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.