Brady burns Jets as Pats clinch another bye

Tom Brady tossed a season-high four touchdowns and became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to complete 6,000 career passes, and the New England Patriots clinched at least the No. 2 seed by cruising to a 38-3 victory over the visiting New York Jets on Sunday.New England (11-5) clinched a bye for the 13th time in the Bill Belichick-Brady era since 2001 and the ninth straight season. The Patriots also could clinch the top seed with losses by the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers, who are playing later Sunday.Brady connected with running backs James White for a 17-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Rex Burkhead for an 18-yard score early in the second. He also connected with Phillip Dorsett on a 9-yard strike and Julian Edelman on a 5-yard TD with about 3 1/2 minutes left.Brady reached his 6,000th career completion on a 5-yard pass to Chris Hogan with 11:40 remaining. He joined Drew Brees (6,586), Brett Favre (6,300) and Peyton Manning (6,125) as the only players in NFL history to reach that milestone.Brady completed 24-of-33 passes for 250 yards. He threw four TDs for the first time since Nov. 26, 2017 against Miami and for the 29th time in his career in the regular season.Linebacker Kyle Van Noy returned a fumble 46 yards early in the third while Stephen Gostkowski booted a 38-yard field goal in the fourth as the Patriots beat the Jets for the 14th time in the last 16 meetings and improved to 30-1 in their last 31 home games against AFC East foes.New England also recorded the 500th regular-season victory in team history.The Jets (4-12) finished the season by losing eight of their last nine games and likely will fire coach Todd Bowles with two years remaining on his contract. The Jets are 24-40 under Bowles, who took over in 2015 following Rex Ryan.

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