FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It felt like more of a formality than an uncertainty that the New England Patriots would stake their claim as the AFC's best team with an easy victory on Sunday.
That is exactly what took place.
Dion Lewis totaled 133 yards and scored two touchdowns, Tom Brady tossed a pair of touchdown passes and the Patriots locked up the AFC's No. 1 seed with a 26-6 victory against the New York Jets in arctic conditions at Gillette Stadium.