Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and Dion Lewis scored twice to lead New England past NY for the second time this season.
Leading 7-3 in the second quarter, the Patriots took control of the game.
Reporters that covered the press conference soon after it broke the news circuit said that players were so happy and thrilled, you'd think they won a playoff game.
A thermometer was hung in the Jets' tunnel on Sunday.
The Dolphins will also play the Cincinnati Bengals on the road, and they will play the Oakland Raiders in Miami for the second consecutive season. That season's AFC title game was played in Denver, not in Foxborough. That was a bitterly disappointing ending to a season for the Patriots amid their astounding run of sustained excellence.More news: Oregon Appeals Court Rules Against Bakery's Religious Freedom Claims in Discrimination Case
With4:14 left to play in the half, Tom Brady capped off a 10 play, 73-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks to put the Patriots up 14-3 after a Stephen Gostkowski extra point was good. Tight end Rob Gronkowski was healthy and on the field but all but absent from the offense, with no catches.
James Harrison, signed this week after being released by the Steelers, recorded sacks on the games final two plays, forcing a fumble on his first sack that was recovered by NY.
After the Patriots defense came up with a stop on the Jets next possession, New England would get the ball back with two minutes left in the half.
The Jets finished their season with five victories, about five more than some had expected from them when the season began, and they already have made the decision to retain Coach Todd Bowles and General Manager Mike Maccagnan by announcing Friday they'd extended the duo's contracts. There will be a distinct feeling of inevitability to the AFC playoffs when they begin. When the Jets chose to extend head coach Todd Bowles for another two years, a plethora of players chimed their thoughts to the media.