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At halftime, the Patriots led 21-10, but the Jets battled back with 17 straight points in the third quarter, sparked by an Antonio Allen pick six play to help the Jets get back into the game at the start of the second half.
The play that will be talked about all week is the penalty that game on the Jets 56 yard field goal attempt to win in overtime. Nick Folk missed his first kick of the year on the play (tied with a career long) but it was called back due to a personal foul against the Patriots. A rookie defensive linemen stacked on the kick and pushed inwards towards the pocket/kicker. That maneuver was flagged by the refs and set up a new set of downs for the Jets at the 23 yard mark. Well within range, the Jets effectively sat on the ball and Nick Folk won yet another game for the Jets. The Patriots had their shot earlier in overtime, but the drive stalled before midfield.
The Jets defensive linemen were a handful for the Patriots, sacking Tom Brady four times, hitting him three more and stripping Brady two times (both recovered) during the course of the game.
Newly returned tight end Rob Gronkowski corralled eight passes for 114 yards. Gronk’s biggest play came early, helping set up a first half touchdown inside the five yard line. Demario Davis, Calvin Pace & Antonio Allen were often in coverage on Gronkowski and it was Allen who had a pick six in the third quarter in coverage on Gronkowski that sparked the Jets revival.
Jets running back Chris Ivory had a coming out party against an undermanned Patriots defensive front, tallying 104 yards. While Ivory only averaged 3.1 yards per carry, he posted his best game of the season against the Patriots. His previous best had come against the Patriots in September.
Through the air, Jeremy Kerley was the main target for Geno Smith. Kerley added 97 yards on eight catches and one touchdown. Kerley helped Geno move the chains all game.
Penalties were again a problem for the Jets, specifically pre-snap penalties on both sides. The team had nine penalties in total for 45 yards, but the Patriots seven proved more costly for 100 yards and allowing the re-kick in overtime.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe Jets had their foot on the neck of the Patriots’ collective throats with under two minutes remaining in the game in regulation. With the ball near midfield, the Jets had a stalled run on first down. The Jets then passed twice and had two incompletions, stopping the clock twice to give Tom Brady more than two minutes to work with and a full complement of timeouts. It was a close call for the Jets, but after bending the defense stiffened to save overtime for the Jets.
The offense was hot and cold for the Jets. Geno drove the ball for a touchdown on the first series, but after his pick six cooled off until the second half. The Jets mixed in a high amount of runs to take pressure off Smith and while it wasn’t pretty, it still worked
The winning formula is simple: play the great defense and don’t turn the ball over on offense. Geno Smith is enough of a playmaker to make some impressive throws downfield during the course of the game, but the team’s tolerance for turnovers is very low. The Jets withered in the first half after Geno’s interception, and thrived when he was commanding the offense.
Regardless of the score, the Jets defense was instrumental. The Jets created turnovers and points, were able to sack Brady more than the league average and held him in check much of the second half and his first and only drive of overtime. The Patriots completed 42% of their throws and we’re only 1-12 on third down.
While he was the player targeted on the Geno Smith interception, David Nelson was a help to the Jets offense, catching four balls for 80 yards and setting up a few nice downfield blocks on running plays and short passes.
Josh Cribbs was a good addition for the Jets and helped the team on both kicks and punts. Cribbs also saw some time on the second series in a Wildcat package and was decently effective in it. The drive stalled though and so the Jets might have been unwilling to use it again, as the offense cooled down after that in the first half.