Game info: Patriots vs. Jets

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Game info: Patriots vs. Jets

GAME TIME: 4:25 p.m.

TV NETWORK: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gil Santos and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead Jets, 53-52-1

LAST MEETING: Patriots 37, Jets 16 on Nov. 13, 2011 at MetLife Stadium.

The Patriots will wear throwback uniforms that replicate the ones worn by the 1985 team this week. The Patriots wore throwback uniforms last season in the home game against the Jets, a 30-21 New England victory on Oct. 9, 2011. The Patriots will wear red jerseys with white pants and a white helmet featuring the Pat Patriot logo with white facemasks. The Patriots are 8-3 in throwback uniforms.

The Patriots gained 475 yards in the loss at Seattle on Oct. 14. The Patriots have gained at least 350 total net yards in 15 consecutive games and passed the 1982-83 San Diego Chargers (14) for the second-longest streak in NFL history to the 16 by the 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams.

The Patriots have lost three games in 2012 by two points or fewer. They are the first team to lose three games by two points or less in the first six games since the 1960 Dallas Texans

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
With one touchdown pass against the Jets, Tom Brady will extend his streak to 39 straight games with at least one touchdown pass and continue his third longest streak all time, behind Drew Brees (48-current) and Johnny Unitas (47).

Brady has 49 career 300-yard games in the regular season and needs one more to break a tie with Warren Moon (49) for seventh place all time.

Stephen Gostkowski (7-of-10 from 50 or more yards) needs one more 50-yard field goal to tie Adam Vinatieri (8-of-17) for most 50-yard field goals in Patriots history. Gostkowski has two 50-yarders so far in 2012 and can become the first Patriots player with three 50-yard field goals in a single season.

Wes Welker has four straight 100-yard games and needs one against the Jets to set a team mark. He is tied with Randy Moss (2007) with four straight 100-yard games.

Welker (16) needs one more 10-plus catch game to break a second place tie with Marvin Harrison (15) and tie Jerry Rice (17) for the most 10-catch games in NFL history.

Welker has caught 10-plus catches in two straight games to tie his personal best. He had two back-to-back 10-plus catch games in 2009. If he has a 10-plus catch game against the Jets he will be the first with three straight 10- plus catch games since Andre Johnson of Houston in 2008. The NFL record for most consecutive 10-catch games is three by Johnson, Brett Perriman (1995) and Reggie Wayne (2007-08).

The Patriots have gained at least 350 total yards in 15 consecutive games and need to accomplish the feat against the Jets to tie the 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams for the longest streak in NFL history.

The Patriots ran 89 offensive plays vs. Denver on Oct. 7, and 85 offensive plays at Seattle on Oct. 14. If they have 80 or plays against the Jets, they will be the first team to do so in three straight games since the 1983 Dallas Cowboys.

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Patriots DT Branch wins appeal of four-game suspension

Patriots DT Branch wins appeal of four-game suspension

FOXBORO -- Alan Branch knew he had a good case, otherwise he wouldn't have appealed. It was just a question of when that appeal might be heard. 

As of Wednesday, the Patriots defensive tackle hadnt heard anything as it related to the appeal of his four-game suspension. But by Saturday morning, according to Field Yates of ESPN, Branch had won the appeal and been cleared of the league's ban. 

Branch's agent later confirmed the news on Twitter.

Word of Branch's punishment, which stemmed from what was reported as a positive marijuana test, became public when reported by ESPN on Nov. 21. Per the league's substance abuse policy, appeal hearings are typically scheduled for the fourth Tuesday after a player has been informed of his penalty. The policy notes that it is possible for appeals to be heard on another date should the two sides be able to work out different schedule, but Branch was not optimistic that would be the case earlier this week. 

Good news came quickly, though. 

Had Branch been forced to miss any time, it would have docked the Patriots arguably their top interior defensive lineman. Branch has started every game, and he leads all Patriots defensive tackles with 457 snaps played. 

The Patriots recently waived running back DJ Foster and signed defensive tackle Darius Kilgo, seemingly as a way to build some depth on the roster if Branch had been suspended. 

By having his four-game suspension wiped away not only are the Patriots saved from having to deal without one of their top players in the trenches, but Branch saved himself a relatively hefty financial penalty.

A four-game ban would have cost him nearly $300,000 in base salary as well as four game-day bonuses adding to $100,000. He also stood to lose as much as $750,000 in season-long playing-time incentives. In all, had the suspension stood, it could have cost him about $1.1 million. Patriots salary-cap expert Miguel Benzan goes into more detail about the potential financial impact of Branch's suspension here

Thankfully for Branch, he doesn't have to worry about that any longer. With this situation in the rear view, he can now focus on helping the Patriots win games during the stretch run of the regular season and into the playoffs.