Even though names like Julian Edelman might not be on the squad anymore, the New England Patriots are once again back in the postseason. Mac Jones and Bill Belichick clinched a playoff spot by dominating the Jacksonville Jaguars and hanging 50 points on them.
After a year that was full of bad luck and instability on offense, the Patriots returned to the postseason. If the Jets can pull off an upset against the Bills in Week 17 and New England can take care of business against Miami, the Patriots might surprise everyone and take home a division title.
It’s hard to clinch a playoff spot in a better manner than New England did against Jacksonville, as they completely dominated the game in all three phases to bring home the victory. The celebrations began on Twitter, and Edelman chimed in with his own congratulatory message.
Winning is, indeed, fun, Julian. Seeing the Pats that overjoyed after a year down in the dumps has to feel great for Edelman and the rest of this fanbase.
Julian Edelman celebrated the New England Patriots’ clincher.
Was there one area in which the Pats didn’t absolutely dominate? They ran for 181 yards and four touchdowns, buoyed by Rhamondre Stevenson finding the end zone twice. They held Trevor Lawrence and the Jags without a touchdown until garbage time. Jones threw for three touchdowns and was barely touched all game long.
The Patriots may be a defense-first team, but they have two 50-point games on their ledger this season. Thanks to a crushing defense, an efficient passing game, and a more explosive attack than the neutered stuff we saw last year, the Patriots are positioned for success in the postseason.
Rather than trade away every asset with a pulse and dip into a complete rebuild, New England showed everyone how it’s done. They spent money on skill players to supplement their young quarterback and were able to draft well on the defensive side of the ball.
While Edelman, Tom Brady, and a few other Pats players from the dynastic run have started to fade away, that hasn’t eroded the culture that Belichick has built over the last few years.
Edelman has not stopped cheering on the Patriots for a second since he has retired, and he may get to see his old team win some playoff games if they get a lucky break or two in the postseason. It’s nice to see the positivity rather than the criticism, so hopefully the Pats don’t give Jules anymore ammo to go on another one of his “Inside the NFL” rants.