Patriots Vs. Jets Live: Updates, Analysis From Historically Cold Regular-Season Finale

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First quarter, 4:52, Patriots 7-0: The Patriots couldn’t get much going on their second possession. They picked up a free first down when Buster Skrine was called for holding on Brandin Cooks, but Tom Brady threw incomplete to Cooks on each of the next two snaps and was sacked by David Bass on third down.

First quarter, 7:39, Patriots 7-0: The Jets’ first offensive series summed up in one GIF:

Inspiring start for Bryce Petty and the Jets

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn)

New York picked up 5 yards on three plays and was forced to punt.

First quarter, 9:30, Patriots 7-0: A heavy dose of Dion Lewis and a few clutch catches by Danny Amendola allowed the Patriots to find the end zone on the game’s opening drive.

Lewis carried the ball six times for 25 yards, the last of which resulted in a 3-yard touchdown.

Reached the ball over the goal line. Bench 'im.

— Rich Hill (@PP_Rich_Hill)

Amendola caught four passes on four targets for 43 yards, including back-to-back receptions on third-and-13 and fourth-and-2 to extend the drive. Brandin Cooks also had one catch for 7 yards to help set up Lewis’ score.

First quarter, 15:00, 0-0: In a departure from the norm, the Patriots won the opening coin toss and chose to receive rather than defer.

With a game-time temperature of 13 degrees (and a wind chill of negative-2), this officially is the coldest regular-season home game in Patriots history.

One other pregame note: James Harrison, who is playing in his first game for the Patriots, stood apart from his teammates during the national anthem.

As the Patriots lined up along the sideline for the national anthem, James Harrison stood alone by the bench.

— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN)

12:27 p.m.: Despite the ice cold-conditions, every Patriots offensive player (with the exception of quarterbacks Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer) is wearing short sleeves today. Most of the Patriots’ defense opted for long sleeves.

Defensive players in short sleeves: James Harrison, Deatrich Wise, Adam Butler, Trey Flowers, Marquis Flowers, Lawrence Guy, Ricky Jean Francois.

— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN)

11:35 a.m.: The Patriots will get a boost on defense today from linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who is officially is active after missing the past three games with a calf injury.

Edge rushers James Harrison and Eric Lee also are active for New England. Linebacker David Harris, a former Jet, is a healthy scratch. He also was inactive for the first Patriots-Jets matchup earlier this season.

11:25 a.m.: Mental warfare from Bill Belichick:

A source with the Patriots tells me Bill Belichick ordered the field crew to place these thermometers inside the Jets tunnel so New York is reminded how cold it is. Mental warfare.

— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN)

10:43 a.m.: It’s about 9 degrees right now at Gillette Stadium. This is what Bill Belichick is wearing:

Bill Belichick is a god damn maniac. He’s out on the field in shorts and short sleeves right now.

— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN)

Football guy.

10 a.m. ET: Greetings from the frozen tundra of Gillette Stadium.

The temperature in Foxboro, Mass., currently is in single digits and isn’t expected to top 13 degrees all day, which would make today’s Week 17 matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Jets the coldest regular-season game in Patriots history. (A 1977 game against the Miami Dolphins, which had a kickoff temp of 14 degrees, currently holds that honor.)

The frozen tundra.

— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN)

New England will be shorthanded for this ice-cold contest, especially on offense. Running backs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee already have been ruled out, and James White, who is listed as questionable, is not expected to play, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That leaves Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden (and fullback James Develin) as the Patriots only available backs.

Wide receiver Chris Hogan also is expected to sit out, a source told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury suffered in Week 8. Hogan returned to action in Week 14, but he clearly was not 100 percent and proceeded to miss the next two games.

Another no-go for the Patriots: wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell. Mitchell, who has spent the entire season on injured reserve, returned to practice this week but was not added to the 53-man roster yesterday, making him ineligible to play in this one.

On defense, the Patriots will be without defensive tackle Alan Branch and could down a few more front seven players, as linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive end Eric Lee both are listed as questionable. Safety Devin McCourty is, as well. Veteran linebacker James Harrison, on the other hand, is expected to make his Patriots debut today after signing with the team earlier this week.

The Patriots, who already have secured a first-round playoff bye, can clinch home-field advantage with a win today or a Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the Cleveland Browns. Pittsburgh plans to rest several of its stars, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET, but be sure to check back throughout the morning for full pregame coverage.

Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images

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