It may be hard to believe, but there was actually a point where the game between the Jets and Patriots was anybody's to have.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Patriots broke on top with two quick touchdowns in the second quarter. Even at 14-0, the game was still in reach for the Jets. They had been running the ball well, and if not for a Mark Sanchez interception inside the 20-yard line, the Jets would have actually had a lead.
However, the game turned sour for the Jets incredibly fast.
On the Jets' second play after Shane Vereen's 83-yard touchdown gave New England the two-touchdown advantage, the game effectively ended for New York.
There was a miscommunication between Sanchez and his running backs that forced Sanchez to keep the ball himself. He ran right and actually had an opening to make a positive play.
However, he ran into the backside of his right guard Brandon Moore and fumbled. Patriots defensive back Steve Gregory picked up the ball and ran it in for a touchdown to make it 21-0.
NBC color man Cris Collinsworth claimed at the time of the play (and then multiple times throughout the game) that Vince Wilfork picked up Moore and threw him into Sanchez, causing the fumble.
However, as the replay clearly shows, Moore actually pushes Wilfork back two yards before he is able to stand Moore up straight. It wasn't Moore who was thrown into Sanchez; it was Sanchez who somehow didn't see Moore and ran right into him.
It was only then that Moore fell to the ground, making it seem that Wilfork did the damage.
Either way, the semantics of how the play unfolded didn't matter. What did matter was that there was a fumble, and Steve Gregory picked it up and ran it in for a touchdown to put the game out of reach.
The Pats would score another touchdown just seconds later and the rout was on.
However, if the Jets could have maintained possession and even just put up a field goal, the course of the game could have been much different.