Patriots roll into playoffs

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It didn’t take long for the New England Patriots to take control in Miami.

First, Tom Brady hit Martellus Bennett for six on the opening drive. Then, he connected with recent waiver wire pick-up Michael Floyd, who had to fight his way to the end zone to make it 14-0.

“You know, I thought the team was ready to go. We ran it, we threw it, we had good balance,” Head Coach Bill Belichick said. “Got a lot of guys… all the receivers, the backs, tight ends, really everybody was put out there today.”

Brady added to his legendary resume with three touchdown passes, giving him 28 on the season, against just 2 interceptions – despite missing the first four games because of his Deflategate suspension.

At age 39, Brady could become the oldest MVP in NFL history.

“We’ve proven we can deal with a lot of things over the course of the year, and you know, 14-2 is a good place to be, so it’s pretty sweet and to come here and win. It’s been a pretty tough place for us to play and it’s an excited locker room,” Brady said.

The Patriots locked up the top seed in the AFC with that 14-2 record. That means they get a bye in the first round of the playoffs, and will host either the Houston Texans, the Oakland Raiders, or the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, January 14 at 8:15 PM  in Foxboro.

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