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(Sunday, November 22nd)
Final Score: New England 31, NY Jets 14
Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - Tom Brady threw for 310 yards and a touchdown on 28-of-41 completions as New England humbled the New York Jets, 31-14, in an AFC East clash at Gillette Stadium.
Wes Welker had 15 receptions for 192 yards for the Patriots (7-3), who exacted revenge for a 16-9 defeat at the Meadowlands in Week 2 and shook off the memory of last Sunday's 35-34 defeat in Indianapolis.
"I knew there were probably going to be a lot of balls coming my way and things like that but not to that extent," Welker said. "The guys did a great job around me, playing really well and blocking up front and everybody was just doing their jobs. That's what it comes down to and that's how you have success out there."
Laurence Maroney gained 77 yards on 22 carries and reached the end zone twice, while Randy Moss added a TD reception. New England's defense produced five turnovers, with Leigh Bodden recording a trio of interceptions, including one for a score, in the victory.
Mark Sanchez turned in his worst start in his brief pro career, completing just 8-of-21 passes for 136 yards, one touchdown and four picks. He was also sacked twice and lost a fumble in the setback for the Jets (4-6), who stumbled to their sixth loss in seven games.
"They scored 17 points off of four turnovers by the quarterback and that's how we lose," Sanchez said. "I feel like their defense did a great job of trying to disguise things and I felt comfortable seeing where I was throwing the ball."
Jerricho Cotchery posted three catches for 84 yards and a TD, and Thomas Jones racked up 103 yards on 21 carries.
The Jets cut their deficit to 24-14 on the first drive of the second half on a 29-yard connection from Sanchez to Cotchery. From there, two Patriots and one Jets drive proved fruitless.
After the second failed Pats series, Cotchery returned a punt to his own 48- yard-line. Bodden then recorded his third interception on the first play of the fourth quarter and while New England failed to move the ball, Sanchez was picked off a fourth time, by Brandon Meriweather, on the Jets' next series at the New York 25.
"This offense doesn't need a whole lot of help, but when you spot them that touchdown...against a good football team it's going to come back and bite you," said Jets coach Rex Ryan. "I thought we scrambled back, found a way to get back in the game, only to turn it over again."
After two unsuccessful Brady sneaks with goal to go on that drive, Maroney rolled in from the one to make it 31-14 with 5:06 left in the contest.
Sanchez then lost a fumble while being sacked deep in Pats' territory, recovered by Derrick Burgess. New England went three and out but the Jets couldn't make up any ground on one final push with 16 seconds left and 78 yards to go.
Bodden's 53-yard interception return down the right sideline staked the Pats to an early 7-0 lead.
"The first pick, I just played man-to-man and pressed up and Cotchery ran to the outside. I saw the ball and went for it," Bodden said.
Brady then connected with Moss for a four-yard TD on the final play of the first quarter to put New England up by 14.
Maroney's two-yard plunge early in the second quarter pushed the Pats' edge to 21-0, and Bodden derailed New York's following drive with an easy pick. That led to Stephen Gostkowski's 26-yard field goal.
The Jets finally hit the scoreboard with 50 seconds to play before halftime when Chris Hanson's punt was blocked and picked up by Brad Smith who ran four yards to pay dirt.
Gostkowski missed a 40-yarder wide right with 10 seconds left before halftime but it was still 24-7.
New England produced 410 yards of total offense to New York's 226...Brady tied the Patriots' franchise record with his fifth consecutive 300-yard passing game first set by Drew Bledsoe. The NFL record for most consecutive 300-yard games is six by Steve Young (1998), Kurt Warner (2000) and Rich Gannon (2002)...Welker fell one catch shy of the New England record for receptions in a game, originally set by Troy Brown on September 22, 2002 against Kansas City.
11/22 21:46:49 ET
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