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Lost and found: Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett have big games for Patriots

Patrots wide receiver Chris Hogan caught a team-high six passes for 64 yards.jim davis/Globe staff

FOXBOROUGH — Call off the search parties.

Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett have been found safe and sound.

The two receivers, who went without a target last week, combined for 11 catches for 98 yards in Sunday’s 38-3 throttling of the Jets at Gillette Stadium.

Hogan was targeted a season-high 11 times and came down with a game-high six grabs for 64 yards. Dorsett caught- all five of his targets for 34 yards and a touchdown. He also had a pair of rushes for 16 yards.

“It was an extra look for them,’’ said coach Bill Belichick. “They did a real good job of blocking and getting open. We saw a decent amount of man coverage.’’


With Josh Gordon suspended and Cordarrelle Patterson inactive, the Patriots needed other players to step up and Hogan and Dorsett, whose snaps dwindled when Gordon arrived, did.

“It was great,’’ said Hogan. “I was able to take advantage of some opportunities today and hopefully I can continue to build off of that.’’

Dorsett said his mentality is to always be ready no matter what the game plan has in store for him.

“The way I go about my day is that I prepare like a starter all the time,’’ he said. “So when it comes, I’ll be ready.

“I just continue to prepare, nothing changes, and you just keep grinding.’’

Short of bonus

Julian Edelman finished with five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown but finished a touchdown short of earning a $500,000 bonus.

Edelman needed 70 catches and seven touchdowns for the bonus to kick in but finished with 74 catches (for 850 yards) and six touchdowns.

“Oh, that thing? Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t,’’ said Edelman. “I don’t play the game for that. I play to win championships, and, right now, I’m excited for the opportunity our team has.”


Edelman, who was fined for three infractions against the Bills last week, including one where he blocked a defender after calling for a fair catch, also weighed in on that subject.

“Honestly, that’s under appeal, so we’ll see how that goes,’’ he said. “I don’t know. I guess the game’s changing a little. The fair-catch one I obviously brain-farted. Again. Against the same team. But the other two, you’ve just got to learn from what they want and you’ve got to adapt.’’

Thuney an iron man

Right guard Joe Thuney played every offensive snap this season, becoming the first Patriot to accomplish the feat since Tom Brady and guard Ryan Wendell in 2013.

“Joe’s had a tremendous three years of durability,’’ said Belichick.

Grounded Jets

The Jets were without top corner Trumaine Johnson, who was scratched as a disciplinary measure after ESPN reported he missed some meetings and a practice.

Fellow corner Darryl Roberts didn’t start because he missed some “scheduled events.” He did play.

Jets coach Todd Bowles said it was “a coach’s decision.’’

Also inactive for New York: Receivers Jermaine Kearse and Quincy Enunwa; quarterback Davis Webb; tackle Eric Smith; defensive linemen Folorunso Fatukasi and Destiny Vaeao ; and safety Brandon Bryant.

Patterson sidelined

Patterson headlined the list of inactives for the Patriots as the man Brady calls “The Experiment” continues to deal with a knee injury suffered in the Week 16 win over the Bills.

Patterson banged his knee on the turf during a kickoff return and missed the second half of the AFC East-clinching victory. He was a limited participant in practice all week and was labeled “questionable” on Friday.


Patterson is New England’s third leading rusher (42 carries for 228 yards) and also has 21 catches for 247 yards. He averages 28.8 yards per kickoff return and has scored touchdowns rushing, receiving, and returning this season.

Rookie defensive back Duke Dawson also was inactive, meaning the second-round pick would have to be active for a playoff game to make his professional debut.

Safety Obi Melifonwu, offensive lineman James Ferentz, and defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Keionta Davis rounded out the game day inactives. Tight end Jacob Hollister (hamstring) was declared out Friday.

Tucked in

Brady spent a few minutes before the game chatting with referee Walt Coleman, who was working the final game of his career. Coleman always will have a place in Patriots lore — and Patriots fans’ hearts — as he was in charge the night of the “Tuck Rule” game in which New England beat the Raiders in the 2002 “Snow Bowl’’ playoff game to close out the old Foxboro Stadium . . . The Patriots have won 13 straight regular-season home games and have scored 400 points for the 12th straight season . . . Brady now has 6,004 completions, fourth best all-time behind Drew Brees (6,586), Brett Favre (6,300), and Peyton Manning (6,125) . . . Governor Charlie Baker was spotted on the sideline during the pregame.

Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.