5 facts from a frigid Patriots regular season finale

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline during a Dec. 31, 2017 game against the Jets.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline during a Dec. 31, 2017 game against the Jets. –AP Photo/Charles Krupa

In yet another cold weather game during the Bill Belichick era, the Patriots emerged victorious. By defeating the Jets on Sunday, 26-6, New England clinched the number one seed in the AFC playoff picture.

While the result of the game was rarely in doubt after Tom Brady led the Patriots to an opening drive touchdown, a few notable facts emerged from a frigid finale:

It was the coldest regular season home game in Patriots history, breaking a record that dated back to 1977:

James Harrison recorded two sacks in his Patriots debut:

Dion Lewis had another game with both a rushing and receiving touchdown:

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The New England offense set a record with a trio of prolific options:

The Jets didn’t test the Patriots’ starting cornerbacks until their second drive in the third quarter. The pass was incomplete:

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