FOXBORO — It’s a regular-season resume that’s every bit as impressive as their predecessors.



With the Raiders capping their regular season with a 31-10 victory over the Chiefs in Kansas City, they became one of two teams to finish the season at 8-8. Their record means the Patriots, who received Oakland's first-rounder in the Richard Seymour deal, will choose 17th overall. 

 

The NFL has announced that the Patriots first playoff game will be played Sunday, Jan. 16, at 4:30 p.m. The Patriots, who have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, will play the lowest seeded remaining team from wild-card weekend. Third-seeded Indianapolis will host the sixth-seeded Jets this Saturday at 8 p.m., while fourth-seeded Kansas City will host fifth-seeded Baltimore at 1 p.m. Sunday. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

And how did you enjoy the best eight-week stretch of quarterbacking in NFL history, Mr. Alge Crumpler?



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FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman returned Brandon Fields' second-quarter punt 94 yards for a score, setting a new record for the longest punt return for a touchdown in Patriots history. The score put his team up, 24-0, before halftime and the Patriots went on to roll the Dolphins, 38-7, Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

 

Tom Brady put the finishing touches on a historic 2010 season on Sunday, extending his new standard for mistake-free football by a quarterback to 335 consecutive passes without an interception. After the game, Brady suggested that the fact that the milestone lasted through the final game of the regular season was important.

 

"Interceptions pretty much ruin my night," he said in his postgame press conference. "I'm glad my night is not ruined."

 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick declared himself "proud" of the performance of his football team following its regular season-ending 38-7 domination of the Dolphins at Foxboro. He professed enthusiasm for the way that all three units performed.

 

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady played into the third quarter and threw two touchdowns while Julian Edelman thrilled the Gillette Stadium crowd with a club-record 94-yard punt return for a touchdown just before halftime as the Patriots blew out the Dolphins, 38-7, in the season finale. The Patriots finish the season 14-2 and will have next weekend off until opening the playoffs at home in the AFC Divisional round in two weeks. 

 

Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis burst up the middle for a 10-yard gain on the second play of the fourth quarter against the Dolphins to give him 1,008 yards on the season. Green-Ellis became the first Patriots running back since Corey Dillon in 2004 (1,635 yards) to reach four digits.

 

FOXBORO -- Danny Woodhead suffered a head injury in the first quarter of Sunday's season finale against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.