NFL Game Summary - NY Jets at New England|
(Sunday, October 9th)
Final Score: New England 30, NY Jets 21
Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for a career-high
136 yards with two touchdowns as the New England Patriots took a 30-21
decision over the New York Jets in an AFC East divisional clash.
Tom Brady completed 24-of-33 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown with an
interception for the Patriots (4-1). Wes Welker caught five passes for 124
yards, helping New England post at least 30 points for the 13th straight
regular season game, one off the NFL record 14 by St. Louis (1999-2000).
"I thought we could have done a lot better offensively but we got the win,"
Brady said. "We did a decent job but I think we left a lot of points out
Mark Sanchez tallied 166 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-26 passes for
New York (2-3), which beat the Patriots in the playoffs in the previous
Shonn Greene carried the ball 21 times for 83 yards and a score, while
Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley each caught TD passes.
An 11-play, 85-yard drive by the Jets was capped by a 21-yard Holmes catch for
a touchdown, pulling New York within 27-21 with 7:14 remaining. Holmes' 19-
yard catch on the third play of the march keyed the drive.
But the Jets would not have possession again until there was 1:02 left in the
game as the Patriots ran more than six minutes off the clock with a 69-yard
drive resulting in a 28-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal.
Sanchez drove the Jets to the New England 49 before a sack ended the game.
"We're searching and we'll find the answer," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said
about the loss. "We've got a long way to go. Nobody said it would be easy."
After swapping punts for the first three possessions of the game, New England
took over on offense at its own 36. Brady found Welker for a 32-yard reception
to get into Jets' territory and Green-Ellis powered in for a three-yard
touchdown four plays later for a 7-0 lead.
Neither team was able to drive into the other's territory again until the
Patriots started their first possession of the second-quarter at the New York
44 after an unnecessary roughing penalty during a punt return.
The Patriots would only manage one first down, however, and Gostkowski nailed
a 44-yard field goal with 11:15 left in the half.
The Jets did not manage to move the chains until Sanchez's 19-yard completion
to Plaxico Burress on the second play of the ensuing drive. Greene then
totaled 33 yards on six rushes and a catch before rumbling into the end zone
from three yards out to make it a 10-7 game.
The Patriots took over with 3:17 left in the half and drove all the way down
to the Jets 11, but Brady's pass in the closing seconds bounced off the hands
of Aaron Hernandez in the end zone and right to Antonio Cromartie. It was
Brady's first career red zone interception at home in his career.
Brady hit Welker for a 73-yard gain on the first play of the second half to
give New England the ball at the New York seven-yard line. Two plays later,
Brady made a scrambling throw to Deion Branch, who had to go to the ground
to make the catch and the ball was knocked out as he went to get up. The Jets
recovered the ball, but the play was overturned after a review and the
Patriots kept possession.
Brady found Branch for a two-yard TD on the next play, giving the Patriots a
Joe McKnight then took the kickoff deep in the end zone and returned it up the
middle for 88 yards to the New England 20. Three plays later, Kerley's nine-
yard touchdown catch quickly made it a three-point game again.
Each team was forced to a pair of punts before Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a
17-yard gain on a 3rd-and-13 on the Patriots' 20. Hernandez pulled down a 21-
yard catch on the next play and Green-Ellis capped the 11-play drive with a
three-yard score to put New England ahead 24-14.
The Jets were held to another quick punt from deep inside their territory and
Welker returned the kick to the New York 25. But New England was held to a 24-
yard Gostkowski field goal.
Brady had thrown 325 career red zone passes at home without an
interception...Kerley's TD catch was the first of his career...Jets wide
receiver Derrick Mason caught one pass for seven yards, giving him 12,006
career receiving yards. He became the 18th player all-time to record over
12,000 yards...Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson caught two passes for 13
yards and needs three more receptions to reach 600 and become the fourth
running back all-time to reach that mark...New England has now won seven
straight games at home against AFC East opponents...Brady has 275 career
TD passes, tying Vinny Testaverde for eighth place all-time. It was also
Brady's 21st straight regular season game with a TD pass, extending a Patriots
10/09 20:32:17 ET