The New England Patriots put any notions of the New York Jets saving their season to rest, as they crushed the Jets by a score of 49-19 in prime time on Thanksgiving night at the Meadowlands.
From the start it appeared that the Jets might have a legitimate chance at upsetting the Patriots, as neither team was able to get on the scoreboard in the first quarter.
However, the second quarter would be a much different story. The Patriots went into overdrive as the Jets imploded, leading to a score of 35-3. At one point in the second quarter, the Patriots put together an incredible run of 21 points in under a minute. Per ESPN Stats & Info:
#Patriots scored 3 TD in 53 seconds in the 2nd quarter. FROM ELIAS: they're 3rd team with 3 TD in under a minute since the merger in 1970— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 23, 2012
Once the Patriots were comfortably ahead, they didn't let the foot off the gas. As FOX Sports so aptly pointed out, Bill Bellichick isn't usually known to slow down with a lead.
NFL (@NFLONFOX) November 23, 2012
The Jets showed some life in the second half after falling behind, 35-3. They actually won the third quarter by scoring nine points on a safety and a touchdown by Bilal Powell, but it only served as window dressing. The fourth quarter would look a whole lot like the second.
The Patriots once again seized control of the game, putting two more touchdowns on the board off Jets turnovers. The middling New York offense had five on the night.
The Jets would go down to score one more touchdown, as Mark Sachez led a final drive to make the score 49-19, but it didn't stop fans from chanting Tebow's name as the game came to an end.
Thanksgiving has been very good for the Pats:
And as Pro Football Talk pointed out, this was not a very Happy Thanksgiving for the Ryan family.
Bad day for the Ryan twins.They gave up a combined 87 points.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 23, 2012
In the end this was another impressive performance from Tom Brady, undoubtedly the team's MVP. In usual Brady fashion, Tom Terrific went 18-for-28 for 323 yards and three touchdowns.
This is a game most all Jets fans would soon rather forget.