Patriots finish regular season with No. 2 offense in the AFC

The regular season is now in the books, and the Patriots – the No. 2 overall seed in the AFC – finished as the conference’s No. 2-ranked offense.

New England capped the year with 5,991 total yards, which was good enough for second in the AFC and sixth overall. Pittsburgh was tops in the conference, while Arizona had the league’s No. 1 offense, followed by New Orleans.

The Patriots averaged 374.4 yards per contest – 286.7 passing and 87.8 rushing.

Defensively, New England was ninth in the NFL, allowing 5,431 total yards, or 240.7 yards per game.

The Pats were also third in the AFC and fifth in the NFL in turnover differential, forcing seven more turnovers than they gave up. The 15-1 Carolina Panthers were tops in the NFL with a +20 turnover differential.

But when it came down to red zone opportunities, that’s where the Patriots truly shined. New England was second in the AFC – only to the New York Jets – and fourth in the NFL (the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers were No. 1 and No. 2) in red zone offense.

The Patriots scored on 95.1 percent of opportunities from inside the 20 yard line.

New England also excelled when it came to kickoffs this season, registering the second-best average start for opponents in the NFL.

Tom Brady had the third-best single passing day in the NFL, coming in Week 2 against the Bills. Brady threw for 466 yards and three scores in that game. Brady also finished with the second-highest passer rating in the AFC and fourth overall.

But when it came to the fourth quarter, Brady was the top passer in the conference and was second-best in the NFL behind Seattle’s Russell Wilson.

Stephen Gostkowski was the top-scoring kicker in the NFL this season with 151 points. He also tied Carolina’s Graham Gano for the most touchbacks in the NFL.

Danny Amendola was the NFL’s second-leading punt returner, averaging 12.0 yards.

Chandler Jones finished fifth in the NFL in sacks with 12.5.

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