James Harrison solid in debut as Patriots clinch home field

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Harrison, who was waived by the Steelers a week ago Saturday, signed a one-year contract with the Patriots on Tuesday after he had cleared waivers on Monday.

During his first presser with the media as a member of the Patriots, Harrison was quite contrite with his answers electing to avoid to answer any questions concerning his time with the Steelers. That was more than half the total snaps he had played (40) for the Steelers over 14 games before he was released. Towards the end of the fourth quarter, Harrison sacked Jets quarterback Bryce Petty on consecutive plays, the first of which being a strip-sack.

When asked after the game how it felt to have a decent amount of snaps after not playing much football this season, he told reporters, "It felt really good". But he wrote that he did not receive enough opportunities to get ready for the season.

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Jackson has yet to declare for the National Football League draft, but most outsiders believe the dynamic junior will turn pro. He joined former Florida and Nevada quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick as the only others to accomplish that feat.

The veteran tallied more sacks in his first game with the Patriots than he had all season with the Steelers, and according to NFL Research, he recorded his first multi-sack game since Week 9 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.

It's going to be a long postseason, and with New England and Pittsburgh installed as the 1 and 2 seeds in the AFC, Harrison's prospective reunion with his former teammates won't happen until the AFC Championship, if it happens at all. "He really worked hard on that".