Elise Amendola, Associated Press
New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty (32) celebrates his interception with free safety Patrick Chung (25) during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots porous defense has been doing one thing very well — creating turnovers.

The Patriots lead the AFC with 34 turnovers and scored off 24 of them. They've been especially good at it during their current eight-game winning streak in which they've taken the ball away 20 times and given it away just three. All that despite having allowed the most yards in the conference.

They'll get their next shot at making an interception or recovering a fumble on Jan. 14 when they play Denver, Pittsburgh or Cincinnati in a divisional playoff game.

Defensive back Devin McCourty said Wednesday that when the defense takes the field its focus is on getting the ball back to the offense as soon as possible.