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NFL: New England 21, NY Jets 16

Dec. 21, 2003 at 12:14 AM   |   Comments

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- New England intercepted Chad Pennington five times and Tom Brady threw two TD passes to David Givens Saturday to beat the New York Jets, 21-16.

It was New England's 11th straight win.

The Patriots (13-2) moved one game ahad of Kansas City, which lost earlier Saturday, and clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs. They could clinch home-field with a win next weekend against Buffalo.

New England's winning streak is the longest in th NFL since Indianapolis and Jacksonville also won 11 in a row in 1999.

On New York's first possession, Pennington was picked off by linebacker Tedy Bruschi. Brady immediately capitalized, hitting Givens with a 35-yard touchdown 48 seconds into the game.

Pennington had more success with his legs than with his arm, running for a pair of touchdowns.

The loss assured the Jets (6-9) of thir first losing season since 1996.

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