Pats clinch 4th straight AFC East title

Patriots 24 Jaguars 21

Gameday

December 25, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tom Brady and the New England Patriots may have knocked Jacksonville out of the playoffs for the second consecutive season - while clinching their own division title.

Brady directed three long touchdown drives, capped one of them with a perfect touch pass to David Thomas, and helped the Patriots clinch their fourth consecutive AFC East crown with a 24-21 victory against the Jaguars in the rain yesterday.

New England (11-4), returning to the site of its last Super Bowl victory, also crippled Jacksonville's postseason chances. The Jaguars (8-7) need to win at Kansas City next week and get lots of help to earn a wild-card spot.

New England 0 10 7 7-24

Jacksonville 0 7 7 7-21

Second quarter NE-FG Gostkowski 48, 13:19. Jac-Jones-Drew 74 run (Scobee kick), 12:59. NE-Dillon 1 run (Gostkowski kick), 1:17.

Third quarter NE-Thomas 22 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 11:24. Jac-Jones-Drew 1 run (Scobee kick), 3:06.

Fourth quarter NE-Maroney 27 run (Gostkowski kick), 4:36. Jac-M.Jones 33 pass from Garrard (Scobee kick), 3:03. A-67,164.

NE Jac

First downs 22 12

Total net yards 359 339

Rushes-yards 30-117 22-144

Passing 242 195

Punt returns 1-12 2-0

Kickoff returns 4-92 3-66

Interceptions ret. 0-0 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 28-39-0 17-23-0

Sacked-Yards lost 1-7 1-0

Punts 5-35.0 5-38.8

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1

Penalties-Yards 7-51 7-60

Time of possession 37:13 22:47 Rushing-New England, Maroney 7-48, Brady 10-31, Dillon 10-30, Faulk 2-8, Evans 1-0. Jacksonville, Jones-Drew 19-131, Garrard 2-11, Toefield 1-2. Passing-New England, Brady 28-39-0-249. Jacksonville, Garrard 17-23-0-195. Receiving-New England, Thomas 5-83, T.Brown 4-44, Caldwell 4-15, Graham 3-44, Gaffney 3-26, Faulk 2-12, Maroney 2-10, Childress 2-7, Kight 1-9, Evans 1-1, Jackson 1-(minus 2). Jacksonville, Jones-Drew 6-41, M.Jones 4-69, Wilford 2-44, Wrighster 2-28, R.Williams 2-9, Brady 1-4. Missed field goals-New England, Gostkowski 49 (WL). Jacksonville, Scobee 53 (WR).

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