John Ahern, host of Psycho Sports
These two teams were headed in different directions. The New York Jets were 1-5, with their lone win back in week one against the presently winless Raiders. The New England Patriots, at 4-2, were looking like the team the rest of the league is used to seeing after convincing wins against Cincinnati and Buffalo.
But when two divisional foes meet, you sometimes throw all that out the window. Theresult was what most thought as the Pats won the game, but when Jets kicker Nick Folk lined up for a game winning 58 yard field goal on the games final play, it could have gone the other way. It didn't, as DT Chris Jones blocked the attempt, sealing the hard fought win.
After a 48 yd. scoring toss from Tom Brady to Shane Vereen spotted New England with a 7-0 lead, the gritty Jets scored on their first five drives of the game, Field goals of 27, 47, 46 and 27 yards by Folk and a 1 yard run by Chris Ivory had the New Yorkers leading 19-17 late in the third quarter. Vereen also hauled in a 3 yard touchdown pass and kicker Stephen Gostkowski split the uprights from 39 and 36 yards, and the Pats led 20-19 as the fourth quarter began.
Pats wide receiver Danny Amendola made a terrific catch of a Brady toss on a 3rd and goal from the 19 and midway through the quarter it was 27-19. Back came the Jets on a 12 play 86 yard drive capped by a
10 yard scoring pass from Geno Smith to Jeff Cumberland to set up a game tying two point conversion. It failed as well as the ensuing onside kick attempt and New England with the 27-25 win.
On offense the Pats were led by Brady, who was 20-37 for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns. On defense, they felt the loss of LB Jerrod Mayo, who was officially ruled out for the year earlier in the day. The Jets ran the ball 43 times for 218 yards and were able to keep the game as close as the did by controlling the clock for over 40 minutes. But, unfortunately for the Jets, there is no extra credit for style points.
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