Posted by Rick Laughland Posted on 11:00:00 PM with No comments
Following the Patriots failed fake punt attempt, the Jets would turn the miscue into six points. On the first play of the ensuing drive, LaDanian Tomlinson busted into New England’s secondary rumbling for sixteen yards. Two plays later, a third and four from the Patriots 15 yard-line, Braylon Edwards hauled in the reception and wrestled free, whirling into the end zone. The Jets secured a 14-3 advantage, a lead they would not relinquish. New England’s risky play calling backfired with New York capitalizing on the Patriots special teams’ gaffe. The Green and White didn’t look back holding on for an exhilarating 28-21 victory.
On the Patriots first offensive possession, Tom Brady marched New England down to New York’s 28 yard line, moving the ball with relative ease. On a first and ten play, Brady targeted running back BenJarvus Greene-Ellis, but sailed the ball high over his head and into the hands of linebacker David Harris. Harris lumbered his way down the sideline eyeing the goal line, but ran out of steam. Patriot’s tight end Alge Crumpler caught Harris from behind bringing him down at the twelve yard line. The Jets would go three and out; forced to kick a 30 yard field goal. Nick Folk booted a sidewinder that flailed over the left upright with the officials indicating a missed field goal, when the replay showed that the kick was actually good. New York would not challenge the call, forgoing three points, a deflating moment for Gang Green in the early stages of the game.
The New York Jets are the first team since 2001 to defeat the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots in back to back games.
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With 1:57 remaining, the Patriots sprung an onside kick that bounced around New York’s hands team. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie scooped up the football and galloped all the way to the 20 yard-line. Cromartie showed great wherewithal securing the recovery and making a spectacular return which set up the Jets decisive score.
“They took something from us and we came to retrieve it and I think we got it back,” exclaimed Bart Scott. "It’s a tremendous program, don’t get me wrong. We have a tremendous around of respect for the New England Patriots and what they do. We’re not getting pushed over anymore. We came here to make our mark. I think we marked a little territory. This is how rivalries start. Rivalries start when both teams take something from the other team”
The New York Jets backed up their talk, shocking the world and ousting the big bad 14-2 New England Patriots. Rex Ryan outcoached Bill Belichick, with Ryan’s defense responding well to their 45-3 shellacking in Week 13. The Jets defense stood tall playing sound coverage and tackling with ferocity and fervor. Gang Green exposed a young and inexperienced Patriots defense converting on four of their five red zone attempts. New York was superb in all facets, conquering their hated division rivals with Braylon Edwards’ back flip punctuating the emphatic win. The Jets venture to the Steel City, clinching their second AFC Championship berth in as many years. Next Sunday, the Jets have a chance to make their first Super Bowl appearance since 1969 with their eyes fixated on the NFL’s ultimate prize.