Stop us if you’ve heard this one before—the Patriots will have a first-round bye in the playoffs. But this time, it wasn’t all their own doing. Sunday afternoon, they even got a little help from an old friend—Jimmy Garoppolo. Earlier in the day, the Patriots would do their part by defeating Buffalo, 37-16. But later, Garoppolo would shine, completing 21 of 30 passes for 242 yards and two TDs as his San Francisco 49ers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars and their top-ranked defense. For the Patriots, this will be their ninth consecutive trip to the postseason.
Patriots Grab First-Round Bye
The Sports Post | Dec 26