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Patriots lock up first-round bye with win over Jets

For 10 consecutive seasons, the New England Patriots have won the AFC East title.

And now for the ninth straight campaign, the Patriots have clinched a first-round bye via their 38-3 victory Sunday over the Jets.

New England (11-5) now moves on to the postseason in which all five of its Super Bowl titles have come as a top-two seed.

With the victory, the Patriots also wrapped up a perfect 8-0 season at home, where they will be to begin the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs.

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