Jets Defense Cannot Hold Firm as Patriots Offense Wins for New England 30-21
All afternoon it seemed as if no matter how close the New York Jets got, the Patriots would always do one better. It was even so when it came to milestones, today, Derrick Mason became the 18th player to get over 12,000 receiving yards, but Tom Brady had to do one better as he is now tied for the seventh most touchdown passes thrown by a quarterback.
The weakest link in today's game was the New York Jets defense as for the third week in a row, they were unable to stop the run when they absolutely needed to. With 5 minutes left, the Patriots made it obvious they were going to run out the clock, yet the Jets defense chose to let Benjarvus Green-Ellis run for 6 yards every time on that possession.
From the beginning of the game, the Patriots dominated as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The downside of this for the Jets is that they have not had a lead in any part of a game in 10 quarters.
With their win, the Patriots remain in second place with a 3-2 record while the Jets drop to third place with a 2-3 record. Next week, the Patriots will host the Dallas Cowboys, while the Jets return home and will take on the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night.
Final Score: New York Jets: 21 - New England Patriots: 30
Unless the Jets have 3 miracles where they score, get an onside kick and score again, this game will be another win for the New England Patriots and another loss for the New York Jets. The Patriots will improve to 3-2 and remain in second place, while the Jets drop to 2-3 and will be in third place.
That first down by the Patriots seals the game unless Benjarvus Green-Ellis fumbles on one of the next two plays.
Just like two weeks ago against the Raiders, the Jets cannot find a way to stop the run as the Patriots continue to move the ball into New York territory. This 3rd and 4 is very big as it will decide whether or not the Jets offense will have a chance to try and win this game.
Great read by Mark Sanchez followed by a great throw and catch by Santonio Holmes leads to a Jets touchdown as they trail 21-27 with 7 minutes to go in the fourth quarter. If the Jets want to come back and win, it is all up to their defense who has gotten ample rest since the last scoring drive by New England. It is a good thing the Jets dressed 10 defensive backs today, as Donald Strickland will probably not be in the next possession as he went into the locker room during New England's last possession.
New England takes a timeout as the Jets have another big 3rd down to convert. Obviously the Jets will be passing since it is 3rd and 7, but who will Sanchez pass to is the question.
After not getting many snaps, Derrick Mason gets a big first down to extend the Jets drive.
Potential problem for the Patriots as Albert Haynesworth goes down on Shonn Greene's 9-yard gain as the Jets drive down the field, trying to cut the New England lead.
Jets defense is able to hold the Patriots offense in the red zone as Gostkowski's field goal extends New England's lead to 13 points (27-14) with 13 minutes left in the game.
As the fourth quarter comes to an end, the Patriots lead 24-14 and are threatening as they will start the fourth quarter in the red zone.
Plaxico Burress made a great catch on the sideline in double coverage, but Bill Belichick challenged it and it was reversed.
Benjarvus Green-Ellis scores his second touchdown of the day as the Jets defense was tired by the end of that drive, giving the Patriots a 24-14 lead with a minute left in the third quarter.
The coverage by the Jets secondary including Revis has been killing them today.
Aside from a few mishaps today, one player that has really stood out for the Jets is cornerback Kyle Wilson who was involved in those two incompletions as Tom Brady tried to throw towards the second year players side but he would have none of it. Looks like those off-season workouts Wilson had with Revis payed off.
Jets cannot capitalize off of their defense's stop and will punt the ball back to the Patriots.
Jets defense forces a 3 and out for the first time sine the 1st quarter and will get the ball back on their own 27-yard line.
Rookie Jeremy Kerley makes a big touchdown reception, bringing the Jets within one possession again. This was all set up by Joe McKnight's big kick return and Shonn Greene's ability to run the ball. The Patriots now lead 17-14.
Just a little fact for fans watching, the Jets have not taken a single lead in 13 quarters (since the Week 3 Oakland game.)
Joe McKnight makes a big 88-yard return, giving the Jets the ball deep in New England territory.
In regards to the call about Deion Branch's not fumble, he was trying to get up after catching the ball. I feel it should have been ruled a fumble as he did the opposite of what Victor Cruz did last week, which was trying to get up to gain more yards.
Antonio Cromartie fails to cover Deion Branch all they way through, something Tom Brady saw as he hit Branch to give the Patriots a 10-point lead.
Jets get a big forced fumble as Mike DeVito recovers Deion Branch's fumble, but the ruling on the field is being challenges by Bill Belichick. This is a very big call, no matter what the result is.
For the first time in a long time, a receiver has gotten of off Revis Island as Wes Welker made a 73-yard catch, putting the Patriots back in the red zone.
I stand correct, as Tom Brady throws his first red zone interception as Antonio Cromartie saves a touchdown by intercepting a pass that went right off a New England's receivers hands. The score is now 10-7 with New England in the lead at halftime.
Jets get their fourth sack of the day with David Harris and Donald Strickland breaking through to take down Tom Brady, but because of the poor coverage on Deion Branch on the previous play, it looks like the Patriots will take a 6-point lead going into halftime.
Even though the Jets had seven defensive backs on the field, Jamaal Westerman was able to break through and get the Jets third sack of the day. Two consecutive catches by Ochocinco allow the Patriots to recover as they are charging down the field.
That incorrect penalty call changes the complexity of this game, instead of a long 2nd down, the Patriots have another set downs and will try to score, rather than letting the clock run out.
That long drive by the Jets is a good sign for their offense as they were able to put together a complete drive while combining passing plays and running plays. This next drive by the Patriots will be crucial. The Jets have a solid two-minute offense, which could even up the game if given the chance.
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