Kiss This Belichick! New York Jets & Fans Take It To New England
It is not often that a head coach of a NFL franchise takes the time during his busy 18 hour a day schedule to record a message encouraging season ticket holders to come to the game locked and loaded, pumped up and ready to go.
That is what Rex Ryan did last Monday, and the coach who has found a way to connect with 53 men in a locker room, has found a way to connect with over 80,000 angry as hell Jet fans.
Giants Stadium? Not today. Jet fans were so loud from the start to finish of Sundays 16-9 Jets win over the despised New England Patriots, that the game was more reminiscent of a soccer game in Europe. Fans were jumping up and down in their seats, causing the joint to shake, rattle, and roll at several points during the game. Nobody sat down in this game; fans stood, cheering on Rex Ryan's 46 D to smack around Tom Brady and the vaunted Patriots offense.
Defensively, the Jets didn't get a whole heck of lot of pressure on Brady; they never sacked him and only hit him twice, but the Jets made him uncomfortable in the pocket, forcing him to overthrow his receivers all afternoon.
The fans played an even bigger role on defense with constant chants of "De-fense," "Brady Sucks", and profane hoots and hollers that only a Division I college football school crowd would echo, making it very hard for Brady to call audibles at the offensive line and impossible for him to hear the offensive coordinator in his helmetphone.
The Jets never allowed Randy Moss to do any damage. Moss had a measly four catches for 24 yards, as Darrelle Revis played extremely well in tight bump-and-run coverage on the all-pro receiver. Revis even snared a interception off Brady, thanks to his terrific coverage of Moss.
Whenever New England got inside Jets territory, the Jets D stood up and forced Brady to make some rather uncomfortable throws, sometimes off the back of his foot, sometimes in a hurry to avoid a sack, always leading to huge incompletions. The Patriots never scored a touchdown on Gang Green; the Jets forced the Patriots to kick three field goals in the first half and cling to a 9-3 halftime lead.
Offensively, Mark Sanchez and company did absolutely nothing in the first half. The Jets had only five total net yards of offense in the first quarter and didn't record a first down until midway through the second quarter. Sanchez appeared a little uneasy against the Patritots blitz early on, but the fact that the Jets had no ground game was no help to the rookie.
However, once the second half started, it was a different Jets offense. On the first play of the third quarter, Sanchez hit Jerricho Cotchery on a crossing slant at the New England 45. Cotchery broke free from the coverage and sprinted to the Patriots 11 yard line. Two plays later, Sanchez hit a wide open Dustin Keller in the back of the end zone to give the Jets a 10-9 lead. The Jet fans exploded in jubilation, and the party was getting started.
On the next drive, Sanchez had completions of nine, seven, and 22 yards to move the Jets to the Patriots seven yard line. He then hit Chansi Stuckey in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown, but after a Bill Belichick challenge, the touchdown was negated because Stuckey did not have both feet in bounds. The Jets settled for the field goal and a sudden 13-9 lead.
Then in the fourth quarter, the Jets defense was put to the ultimate test. With less then two minutes to go, Brady had the football, down by seven. This is usually Brady's time to pick the opposition apart and lead the Patriots to victory, but the Jets sent so much pressure at Brady that the quarterback threw four straight incompletions. After the last one, the Jet players jumped into the air as if they had just won the Super Bowl; fans went completely nuts, and the Jets ended a eight game home losing streak to New England. Box Score.
NOTES: Rex Ryan dedicated the game ball to the fans for their incredible support. The ball will be displayed in the Jets trophy case in Florham Park, NJ. The Jets and Patriots came into the game with the series tied 49-49-1. This was the 100th meeting and a rubber game. The Jets won and now lead the series meetings 50-49-1.
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