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Jets Defense Cannot Hold Firm as Patriots Offense Wins for New England 30-21

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to pass during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Chris Dela RosaContributor IOctober 9, 2011

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

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