December 23, 2012

Patriots Beat: The Super highway may detour but Pats can still find way there

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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PATRIOTS (10-4) at JAGUARS (2-12)

WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: EverBank Field


SERIES RECORD: Patriots lead 5-0

LAST MEETING: Patriots beat Jaguars 35-7, Dec. 27, 2009

LAST WEEK: Patriots lost to 49ers 41-34; Jaguars lost to Dolphins 24-3

PATRIOTS OFFENSE: Overall -- 1, rush -- 8, pass -- 3

PATRIOTS DEFENSE: Overall -- 27, rush -- 11, pass -- 29

JAGUARS OFFENSE: Overall -- 31, rush -- 30, pass -- 24

JAGUARS DEFENSE: Overall -- 31, rush -- 32, pass -- 24

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Patriots haven't lost consecutive games in December since 2002. ... Team 45-8 under Coach Bill Belichick in December. ... Tom Brady looks to extend streak with at least one TD pass to 47 games, which would tie him with Johnny Unitas and leave him seven behind Drew Brees' NFL record. ... Brady 3-0 against Jacksonville, with seven TD passes, no INTs and 118.4 passer rating. ... RB Stevan Ridley needs 95 yards rushing to become fifth player in franchise history to reach 1,200 in a season. ... WR Wes Welker needs one more 10-reception game to break NFL record held by Jerry Rice (17). ... Patriots have forced turnovers in 25 consecutive games. ... Patriots have scored 30 or more points 10 times this season, two shy of tying NFL record held by 1999 Rams, 2007 Pats and 2011 Pats. ... Jaguars have lost 10 of last 11, including three in row. ... Former Dolphins and current Jaguars QB Chad Henne had at least 300 yards passing in three of last four games against New England. He had career-high 416 yards passing in last game vs. Patriots. ... WR Cecil Shorts III needs 75 yards to become team's first 1,000-yard receiver since Jimmy Smith in 2005. ... Shorts has five TD catches of at least 20 yards and needs one more to break club record held by Jimmy Smith (2000, 2004) and Reggie Williams (2007). ... Jaguars removed two sections of tarps covering seats because of demand for tickets, likely for Patriots fans. 

-- The Associated Press


Teams, said Belichick, have to progress each week, in their execution, chemistry and awareness of the game situation.

"There is going to be a point where the season is going to come down to a game, a quarter, a series," he said. "And when the team is able to execute at a high level at that particular point in time, that's going to decide which teams move on, which teams are champions and which teams aren't. I think it's all part of the process and we're still in that process."

Brady likes his team's ability to bounce back, especially late in the season. Since 2006, the Patriots are 23-3 over the final four games of the regular season.

"This is when it matters most," said Brady. "There are important games like this that you see how tough you are, to put things behind you and to move forward. We had a pretty good streak there going of wins and it feels pretty good when you're on those winning streaks. And then when you lose, it feels like you haven't won a game in three years."

Both Brady and Belichick dismissed the notion that losing to the 49ers could be good in the long run entering the playoffs.

"I don't think losing is the key to that," said Brady. "I think learning from your mistakes, whether you win or lose, is important and progressing over the course of the season, through practices and games, and realizing what you do well and what you don't do well. ... I think it's more your ability to accelerate through the course of a season and not level off or regress.

"We've played some good teams over the course of the season. That will continue this week and then the next week. We'll see where we're at." 

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