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Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  October 9, 2011 11:00 PM

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Here are some notes and statistical highlights from the Patriots' 30-21 win over the Jets, courtesy of the New England PR department:

  • The Patriots have now won 19 straight regular-season home games dating back to a 47-7 win over Arizona on Dec. 21, 2008. New England's 19 straight regular-season home wins establishes a new franchise record, topping the team' previous record of 18 straight regular-season home victories from Dec. 29, 2002 through Sept. 8, 2005. The Patriots own an overall record of 62-12 (.838) at Gillette Stadium in regular-season games.
  • The Patriots scored 30 points today, marking their 13th straight game with 30 or more points. The Patriots' current streak of 13 straight games with 30 or more points is second in NFL history to the 14 straight games by the St. Louis Rams (1999-2000).
  • Following today's victory, the all-time series between the Patriots and Jets is tied 52-52-1 (including a 2-1 Patriots' advantage in playoff games).
  • Since the beginning of the 2010 season, BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 18 touchdown runs. Green-Ellis' total of 18 touchdowns since the beginning of 2010 is the most in the NFL. Houston's Arian Foster is second with 17.
  • Tom Brady threw one touchdown pass against the Jets to move into a tie for eighth place on the NFL's all-time touchdown passing list, equaling Vinny Testaverde's total of 275 career touchdown passes. Johnny Unitas ranks seventh with 290 touchdown passes. Brady also ranks eighth in NFL history with 115 career wins as a starting quarterback, two behind Joe Montana's total of 117 wins.
  • Wes Welker had five receptions for 124 yards and now has 45 catches for 740 yards through five games this season. Welker's 740 receiving yards are the most in NFL history for any player through the first five games of the season. Welker is on pace for 2,368 receiving yards this year. The NFL record for most yards gained in a season is 1,848 by Jerry Rice in 1995. The Patriots team record is 1,493 yards by Randy Moss in 2007.
  • Welker extended his streak to 66 straight regular-season games with at least one reception as a member of the Patriots to extend his franchise record. Welker has an overall streak of 83 regular-season games with at least one reception, including his time with the Miami Dolphins. The last time that Welker did not catch a pass in a game was December 24, 2005 when he was with Miami.
  • Deion Branch's 11-yard catch in the third quarter moved him past Jim Colclough into ninth place on the Patriots' all-time receptions list. Branch now has 284 receptions in a Patriots' uniform. Gino Cappelletti ranks eighth with 292 career catches.
  • The Patriots are now 5-0 when wearing throwback uniforms at home. New England has worn uniforms featuring the old "Pat Patriot" logo at home five times since switching to the current logo in 1993.
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