The New England Patriots
(4-1) hosted the New York Jets
(2-3) for a matchup of the 2010 AFC Championship game where the Jets demolished the Pats in grand fashion. Last year during the regular season the Pats whipped the floor with the Jets, and that was expected again this week with the way the Jets have been struggling as a whole.
The Jets opened the game with the ball and went three and out quick as they were forced to punt the ball away to the Patriots. New England got the ball and opened the drive with Tom Brady
(24/33, 321, 1 TD, 1 Int) connecting with Wes Welker
(5 receptions, 124 yards) who gained 11-yards. The drive stalled after that and was forced to punt the ball away back to the Jets.
After another punt the Patriots got the ball back and Brady and Welker connected again, but this time it was 32-yards. The Patriots moved the ball 64-yards on this drive that was capped off with BenJarvus Green-Ellis
(27 carries, 136 yards, 2 TD’s) running in from 3-yards out. With 10:06 left in the first quarter the Patriots took a 7-0 lead.
The second quarter began and the Jets offense could not get anything going as they were once again forced to punt the ball away. The Patriots had decent field position but could not get it going as they went 18-yards in six plays and had to settle for a field-goal. Stephen Gostkowski
came in and made a 44-yard field-goal to make it a 10-0 Patriots lead.
New York finally got their offense moving as they moved the ball on a time consuming drive that went 77-yards in 7:54 on 13-plays. Shonn Greene
(21 carries, 83 yards, 1 TD) with a 1-yard run as they then used him to move the ball 18-yards after Mark Sanchez
hit Plaxico Burress
(3 receptions, 42 yards) for a 19-yard gain. Greene then finished the drive with a 3-yard run that made it a 10-7 game.
New England got the ball to open the second half and Brady got their offense moving quick as it only took them four-plays to go 80-yards. On the first play of the drive Brady hit Welker for a 73-yard pass that put them on the Jets 7-yardline. Brady then connected with Deion Branch
(7 receptions, 74 yards, 1 TD) who was wide open on a 2-yard touchdown pass. The Patriots took a 17-0 lead on Brady’s 275 touchdown pass that ties him for eighth on the all-time list with Vinny Testaverde
On the ensuing kickoff Joe McKnight
broke an 88-yard kick return to give the Jets great field position. Greene had two runs to the drive, and Sanchez finished it by hitting Jeremy Kerley
(3 receptions, 35 yards, 1 TD) with a nine-yard pass.
The Patriots got the ball with 5:32 to go in the third quarter and they started the drive off with the run. Brady then completed a past to Rob Gronkowski
(4 receptions, 31 yards) for 17-yards to get a first down. New England then started going no huddle shotgun the rest of the drive. They mixed in the run and the pass only to have Green-Ellis finish off the drive with another touchdown run. The 3-yard run by Green-Ellis put the Patriot up 24-14.
The Jets went three and out on their ensuing drive and was forced to punt the ball away. The Pats could not keep their drive going as they were only able to move the ball 19-yards in six plays before settling for another field-goal. Gostkowski came on and made a 24-yard field-goal to give the Pats a 27-14 lead.
New York got the ball back with 12:57 to go in the game and Sanchez hit Burress to open the drive with a 14-yard pass. Sanchez then connected with Santonio Holmes
(4 receptions, 60 yards, 1 TD) with a 19-yard pass. The Jets moved the ball down the field and Sanchez finished the drive by going back to Holmes for a 21-yard pass to score a touchdown. The Jets were now within six points after the score 27-21.
Brady brought the Patriots out and moved them down the field with Green-Ellis and the running game. New England even called a timeout, but the Jets could not stop the run attack by Green-Ellis as he broke for 14-yards after the timeout. The Patriots continued to move the ball as they got into field-goal range and Gostkowski came on to make a 28-yard field-goal.
This was the 13th straight game that the Patriots have score 30-point as the score was 30-21 with 1:02 left in the game. The Jets had a chance to comeback and score, but they were down nine-points so it would not have mattered. The Patriots are now one game behind the 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams
for most 30-point plus games as they have 14.