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(Sunday, September 20th)
Final Score: NY Jets 16, New England 9
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez made another good impression, throwing for 163 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-22 passing, as the New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots, 16-9.
Jay Feely converted three field goals for the Jets (2-0), who had lost eight straight at home to their AFC East rivals. Jerricho Cotchery accumulated 87 yards on four receptions.
Tom Brady, who was under seemingly constant pressure, completed 23-of-47 attempts for 216 yards and one interception for the Patriots (1-1). It's the first regular-season game Brady has lost since a 21-0 setback at Miami on December 10, 2006.
All of New England's offense came via the leg of Stephen Gostkowski.
Julian Edelman, a rookie out of Kent State, playing in place of the injured Wes Welker (knee), had 98 yards on eight catches. Joey Galloway caught five passes for 53 yards, while Randy Moss was limited to 24 yards on four grabs.
"It was a tough loss. Give the Jets credit," said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. "They just did a better job than we did today and I don't think there's really a whole lot more to say about it. They just outplayed us. They outcoached us. They just performed better than we did over the 60 minutes and I think that was pretty much the story of the game. We had our chances and didn't take advantage of it. They had their chances and they did."
Leon Washington coughed up the football on the first play of the Jets' second offensive sequence. Leigh Bodden recovered the fumble for New England at the New York 17 yard-line. Not surprisingly, Jets head coach Rex Ryan challenged the ruling, which was upheld following a video review.
The Patriots, though, committed two holding penalties and ultimately settled for a 45-yard Gostkowski field goal.
Later in the first quarter, Brady overthrew Moss and was picked off by Darrelle Revis deep in Jets territory.
New York went three-and-out, and New England took over at its own 40 to begin the second quarter. An illegal contact penalty on third down by New York's Lito Sheppard gave the Patriots new life. A 29-yard pass play to Edelman placed the ball at the New York 12, but the drive stalled in the red zone and Gostkowski booted a 25-yard field goal.
After being held without a first down in their first four drives of the game, the Jets made some adjustments offensively and advanced to the New England 15 before Feely came on and drilled a 33-yard field goal to make it a three-point affair.
A holding infraction on the ensuing kickoff meant the Patriots would start in the shadow of their own end zone. Brady hit Moss and Galloway on consecutive third downs to move the chains. Edelman then hauled in a short toss, slipped out of a defender's grasp and sprinted 19 yards to the New York 32. Brady found Sammy Morris for 14 yards on the next play, and threw a seven-yard completion to Ben Watson to set up a 2nd-and-3 at the 11. Brady's next two pass attempts went for naught, and Gostkowski was true from 29 yards away with 17 seconds remaining in the half.
Washington returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter to the New York 44. Sanchez hit Cotchery on a slant route for a 45-yard completion. Two plays later, the rookie quarterback found Dustin Keller in the back of the end zone for a nine-yard score and 10-9 Jets lead.
After a quick Patriots series, Sanchez guided the Jets down the field and appeared to have thrown his second touchdown pass of the game. But replays confirmed that Chansi Stuckey's right foot never came down inbounds. Feely's 24-yard field goal made it 13-9.
"Those two drives coming out of halftime were great for us. We really responded," Sanchez said.
The Patriots offense sputtered again, and Feely's 39-yard boot capped a 14- play drive that extended into the fourth quarter.
New England got the ball back with just under 10 minutes remaining. Facing a 3rd-and-1 at their own 38, Fred Taylor was wrapped up for a loss and the Patriots were forced to punt.
The Patriots had two more opportunities on offense, but failed to cross midfield on both occasions.
Taylor gained 46 yards on eight carries...Washington totaled 58 yards on the ground, while Thomas Jones rushed 14 times for 54 yards for New York...New England outgained the Jets, 299-254...New York is off to its first 2-0 start since 2004.
09/20 18:01:59 ET