Patriots Ground Jets 37-16 in Decisive AFC East Game

Chris Dela RosaContributor INovember 13, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 13:  Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots celebrates after catching a touchdown pass over Donald Strickland #30 of the New York Jets in the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on November 13, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Final Score: New England Patriots: 37 - New York Jets: 16

Things took a dramatic turn late in Sunday's game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots.  For the Jets, things took a turn for the worst as mistakes upon mistakes on both sides of the ball allowed the Patriots to score and increase their lead.  Meanwhile, the Patriots recognized these mistakes and just like any team coached by Bill Belichick, they made sure the Jets paid for their mistakes.

To put it in simple terms, the Jets could not handle the Patriots.  Tom Brady tore the Jets secondary apart, especially the safeties with Rob Gronkowski.  The Jets could not match up with the big receiving tight end who was able to find the end zone on two occasions, which could have been three but was called back because of a penalty.  Mistakes all around also killed the Jets as Joe McKnight's fumble and Shonn Greene's dropped pass helped the Patriots build on the 12-9 lead they had entering the half.

As for the Patriots, everything went well for them.  Their defense was able to contain the Jets offense more than enough so that they would not be able to win the game against the very crippled defense.  As for the offense, Tom Brady was able to see almost every mismatch and mistake the Jets made, which led to the many points he and his team put on the scoreboard.

Next week, the Jets will travel to Denver for a Thursday night game against Tim Tebow and the Broncos while the Patriots will host the Chiefs for a Monday night game.  With this victory, the Patriots now take sole possession of first place in the AFC East.  Because of their incredibly easy schedule to finish the season, the Patriots are on the fast track to wining the division while the best case scenario for the Jets is a wild-card spot for the third year in a row.

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