December 24, 2012

Flat Pats have to hold on

Tom Brady has two passes picked off as New England falls behind 10-0 and needs an end zone interception to win.

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Wes Welker, Mike Harris
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New England’s Wes Welker dives past Jacksonville’s Mike Harris to score in the second half of the Patriots’ 23-16 win at Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday. Welker caught 10 passes for 88 yards, passing Jerry Rice and Andre Johnson for the most 10-catch games (18) in NFL history.

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Montell Owens, Patrick Chung, Brandon Spikes, Marquice Cole
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Jacksonville running back Montell Owens, a former University of Maine player, is surrounded by the New England defense as he is tackled during the first half of the Patriots’ win on Sunday. Owens, the leading rusher for the Jaguars on the day, had 10 carries for 42 yards.

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The Patriots get a first-round bye in the playoffs if:

They beat Miami next week AND

the Broncos lose to the Rams OR

the Texans lose to the Colts


WHO: Patriots (11-4) vs. Miami Dolphins (7-8)

WHEN: 4:25 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Gillette Stadium


Brady entered the game having thrown for 1,207 yards, with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions, in five wins against the Jaguars. His string of success ended with his first pass, though.

Ridley tipped the ball down the sideline, and safety Chris Prosinski picked it off for his first interception of the season. Jacksonville moved the ball, but settled for a field goal. And that was the story of the day for Mularkey's team.

The Jaguars had the ball inside New England's 25 seven times, but came away with a touchdown and three field goals.

And not scoring touchdowns against the league's most prolific offense is hardly a formula for success.

"We had them on their heels for a while," Jaguars defensive end Jeremy Mincey said. "They just capitalized, got a few interceptions and a few first downs on us. We held their scoring average down, which is good, and held them to a lot of field goals, which was excellent. It still wasn't enough."


NOTES: Brady has thrown a TD pass in 47 consecutive games, tying Johnny Unitas for second on the NFL's all-time list. He trails Drew Brees by seven. ... Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts III and G Uche Nwaneri left the game with concussions.


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Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne is wrapped up by New England’s Dont’a Hightower in the Patriots’ 23-16 win Sunday.


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