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Cam Newton, Patriots Rally to Beat Jets on Last-Second FG as NYJ Remain Winless

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2020

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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It has been anything but an ideal season for the New England Patriots, but they can still count on beating the New York Jets.

New England overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and extended its winning streak against its AFC East rival to nine games with a 30-27 victory in Monday's showdown at MetLife Stadium. Nick Folk drilled the winning field goal, while Cam Newton and Jakobi Meyers led the way for the Patriots as they snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 3-5 on the campaign.

A solid showing from Joe Flacco was not enough for the 0-9 Jets to finally register a win. 

Both teams are looking up at the 7-2 Buffalo Bills and 5-3 Miami Dolphins in the division.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

KICK IS GOOD. Pats take down the Jets, 30-27 💪 https://t.co/rPkHXiNGkY

LeBron James @KingJames

Helluva game @CameronNewton!!!! Big time all night long! 🙏🏾. Game winning drive to add on to it

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Jets thinking about that number one pick after the L tonight @brgridiron https://t.co/2q5XGSlJyU

         

Notable Player Stats

  • Cam Newton, QB, NE: 27-of-35 for 274 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs; 10 carries for 16 yards, 2 TDs
  • Rex Burkhead, RB, NE: 12 carries for 56 yards, 1 TD; 3 catches for 11 yards
  • Jakobi Meyers, WR, NE: 12 catches for 169 yards
  • Joe Flacco, QB, NYJ: 18-of-25 for 262 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
  • Breshad Perriman, WR, NYJ: 5 catches for 101 yards, 2 TDs

           

Cam Newton Maximizes Lackluster Weapons in Win

The Patriots struggled in a number of areas during their four-game losing streak, but Newton was under the microscope.

After all, it looked as if he was going to thrive this year, as he accounted for five touchdowns in the first two weeks, but he has struggled since returning from the reserve/COVID-19 list. In fact, he tallied zero touchdown passes and five interceptions in his last three games and fumbled late in the most recent loss to the Bills.

It's not as if Newton is working with top-notch weapons, though, especially with Julian Edelman sidelined.

To Newton's credit, he maximized the playmakers available as he bounced back with an impressive showing against the Jets. Meyers was his No. 1 option, and the wide receiver hauled in a deep ball to set up Newton's touchdown run on the team's first possession.

B/R Gridiron @brgridiron

This angle of Cam’s TD 🔥 (via @thecheckdown) https://t.co/BBIFgscred

NFL @NFL

.@RBrex34 is IN! Touchdown, @Patriots! #GoPats 📺: #NEvsNYJ on ESPN 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/Mwm053xTsc https://t.co/RIGSjSkiyk

NFL @NFL

Cam keeps the play alive and SOMEHOW finds Meyers for a first down. Wow. #GoPats 📺: #NEvsNYJ on ESPN 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/Mwm053xTsc https://t.co/QX6k2dEcb9

NFL @NFL

WHAT A PLAY. @LookIn_Da_Miere almost scored! #GoPats 📺: #NEvsNYJ on ESPN 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/Mwm053xTsc https://t.co/sehipBzk84

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

CAM QB SNEAK IN CRUNCHTIME 😤 (via @NFL) https://t.co/f5mEuqjzAh

The three-time Pro Bowler had just one incompletion in the first half and relied on underneath routes, between-the-tackle runs and Meyers.

Down 27-17, Newton and Co. took over in the fourth quarter with a 17-play field-goal drive, and Newton ran for a touchdown after a big play by Damiere Byrd. The winning field goal came after a clutch 20-yard pass from Newton to Meyers.

It seemed as if every Patriots drive dragged on with so many underneath routes and runs, but Newton took what the defense gave him and led his team to a bounce-back win.

            

Jets Offense Collapses in 4th Quarter

Flacco and Frank Gore would have been quite the backfield in 2012, but it surely wasn't what the Jets expected to roll with this season.

That is what they had Monday, though, with Le'Veon Bell no longer on the roster and Sam Darnold sidelined with a shoulder injury. Throw in Jamison Crowder's groin injury, which kept him out the previous two games, and the Jets were not exactly lined up to challenge with their offense.

They must have missed the memo.

B/R Gridiron @brgridiron

Flacco flings it 50 yards for the TD 😯 (via @NFL) https://t.co/LJ6o7mHWZE

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Joe Flacco passed Joe Montana for 20th on the all-time passing yards list (40,551) with his 50-yard TD pass to Breshad Perriman. https://t.co/PbGS0VwJNl

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

THIS CROWDER TOE-DRAG TD 😱 (via @NFL) https://t.co/H5O7kgB6jc

Next Gen Stats @NextGenStats

Joe Flacco and Jamison Crowder's 20-yard TD had a 6.2% completion probability, the most improbable completion of the season, and most improbable touchdown since 2017. ➤ Air Distance: 45.2 yds ➤ Receiver Separation: 0.9 yds ➤ Sideline Distance: 0.2 yds #NYJvsNE | #TakeFlight https://t.co/dt4RIZXr0v

NFL @NFL

FLACCO. PERRIMAN. AGAIN. #TakeFlight 📺: #NEvsNYJ on ESPN 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/Mwm053xTsc https://t.co/SNToCldYCh

Flacco found Crowder and Breshad Perriman with beautifully placed deep balls for touchdowns in the first half in a throwback showing as he picked apart the secondary like he was in his prime with the Baltimore Ravens.

It looked as if it would be more of the same in the second half when J.C. Jackson tripped and left a wide-open Perriman for another touchdown, underscoring just how much New England missed Stephon Gilmore.

However, it all fell apart in the fourth quarter.

B/R Gridiron @brgridiron

Flacco throws an INT 👀 One possession game. (via @thecheckdown) https://t.co/eXWMYsh7re

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

The Jets fall to 0-9 for the first time in franchise history. New York ran just 4 plays for 3 yards in the 4th quarter. They had the ball for 1:24. https://t.co/gwgl98UUuz

New York ran four plays in the final 15 minutes, one of which was a terrible interception to Jackson—who earned some redemption—when Flacco threw into double coverage with a seven-point lead and six minutes remaining. The Jets still had a chance to win after the Patriots tied the game after Newton's second scoring run, but they went three-and-out and never had the ball again.

It was an abysmal finish to what had been a memorable game for the unit.

         

What's Next?

The Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 10, while the Jets head into their bye before they are at the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 22.

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