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Cheers and Jeers: Jets vs Patriots


Jets linebacker Jamaal Westerman sent the Metlife Stadium crowed into a frenzy-forcing an intentional grounding penalty on Tom Brady in the end zone-giving the Jets their first safety since the 2010 AFC Championship game. The Jets carried the momentum into the ensuing possession as Mark Sanchez directed a 7 play 64 yard drive, culminating in a two yard quarterback draw for a touchdown. New York was riding high off their scoring drive, their only downfall-giving Brady and the Patriots offense a chance to answer back with 1:28 remaining in the half.


Rex Ryan referred to it as “the stupidest play in NFL history” and it may very well have been. Sanchez signaled for a timeout before the Jets third down-and-goal play as 20 seconds remained on the play clock and 1:30 left in the first half. The Jets would find the end zone the following play, but left #12 ample time to return the favor. Brady marched the Patriots 58 yards in 1:11, capping the scoring drive with an 18 yard touchdown fling to tight end Rob Gronkowski. Any impetus the Jets scoring drive produced evaporated into thin air as New England seized a 13-9 halftime lead, a lead they would not relinquish.


Following a muffed punt by returner Joe McKnight, the Patriots took over at the Jets 13 yard-line. On a 2nd-and-11 play Brady dropped back and slung a touchdown pass to Gronkowski to extend the Patriots lead to 14 points at 23-9. The scoring play was reviewed and it was determined that Gronkowski stepped out of bounds and was the first player to touch the ball-drawing an illegal touching penalty. The touchdown was nullified-and for the moment-the Jets defense played damage control, holding the Patriots to a field goal and a ten point lead.


"It just wasn't our night," Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said. "We earned what we got tonight."


For the first time since 2007-the same year the Patriots clinched an 18-1 record-the New York Jets dropped both regular season contests against the New England Patriots.


In a statement game, a contest that was deemed a must-win by Rex Ryan –the Jets underperformed in every facet of the game. Collectively the team unraveled and was unable to overcome a foolish timeout by quarterback Mark Sanchez who opened the door for Tom Brady and the Patriots to capture a halftime lead. The Jets clinched a 9-6 lead with 1:28 left in the first half and were outscored 31-7 from that moment on. Sunday night’s loss crippled New York’s chances of capturing its first division crown under Rex Ryan and a possible home playoff game. Now, with the Jets playoff lives in the jeopardy, they will have to ready themselves for a short turnaround as they travel to Invesco Stadium at Mile High to face Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos Thursday Night.
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