Winners and losers from NFL Week 17

15Winner: Pats land much-needed bye

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The New England Patriots have never won a Super Bowl when they failed to secure a first-round bye. Heading into NFL Week 17, they needed to beat the New York Jets to ensure they got that break next weekend.

Mission accomplished.

Tom Brady continued to struggle with what typically have been easy throws for him in the past. However, he kept plugging away and ended up with 250 yards and four touchdown passes. He also reached yet another monumental career achievement, further cementing his legacy as the GOAT.

New England’s defense showed up huge, forcing three fumbles and returning one of them for a touchdown. Now the Patriots can rest up and hopefully get healthy while they await their next opponent as the Wild Card round plays out.