Pats clinch another first-round bye

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DENVER (AP) — The New England Patriots clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs by defeating the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos 16-3 at Mile High.

It’s the eighth straight first-round bye for the 12-2 Patriots, who have won seven consecutive AFC East titles.

The Patriots take on the New York Jets this coming Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

The Jets are coming off several bad losses and are looking to rebound with a win on a lost season.

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