New England Patriots defeat Jacksonville Jaguars, 28-3

He got the record the way he's gotten most of his success in New England.

He got the record when no one was expecting it.

When Willie McGinest threw Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard to the ground late last night in what would become a dominating, 28-3 AFC wild-card victory for the Patriots, it made him the all-time leading sacker in NFL playoff history. He passed Reggie White and Bruce Smith on the same night, which was one reason the Jaguars could not pas...

The fumble gnawed at him, even though there was ultimately no harm done. Tight end Benjamin Watson just turned 25, but he has been around long enough to understand that miscues don't go over too well in this neck of the football woods, particularly in a playoff game that was still hanging in the balance.

All week, in preparation for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Patriots veterans stressed the need to minimize mistakes. Watson, about to play in his first postseason game,...

The Patriots were so un-Patriot-like for so much of the 2005 regular season that some took it as a sign their campaign could end early, maybe even in the first round of the playoffs.

Not quite.

The season and the chase for history were extended another week with an impressive 28-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars last night before a rabid sellout throng of 68,756 at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots, seeking a record third consecutive Super Bowl title, won their...

It must be January. Health club memberships are spiking, W-2 forms are arriving in the mail, dead Christmas trees are on the curbside waiting for trash pickup . . .

And the New England Patriots are winning playoff games.

The defending Super Bowl champs kicked off their 2006 playoff season last night with a 28-3 thrashing of the Jacksonville Jaguars at frosty Gillette Stadium. Quarterback Tom Brady (three touchdown passes) improved to 10-0 in postseason play, all unde...