FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady and a New England Patriots indispensable 3 buliding to figure out a New York Jets.
Trailing by 4 mid by a fourth quarter, Brady led a Patriots on back-to-back touchdown drives and a fortifying Super Bowl champions remained dominant with a 30-23 feat Sunday over a Jets.
“The offense wasn’t clicking a whole time, that we need to be,” pronounced parsimonious finish Rob Gronkowski, who had 108 yards on a career-high 11 catches. “But in a fourth entertain we only puncture down, puncture deep.”
The Jets, who had won dual in a row, had hoped to tie a Patriots (6-0) for a AFC East lead and take control of a multiplication that has been dominated by a four-time Super Bowl champs. But now they contingency wait for a Dec. 27 rematch in New York, when a Jets (4-2) will try to flog New England for only a second time in 11 regular-season tries.
“It’s week seven,” pronounced Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who played in New England final year. “We knew what this diversion meant in terms of being on tip in a division. But we’re fine. We’ve got a prolonged season.”
Here are some other things we schooled in Sunday’s game:
LATE BRADY: Brady was sacked 3 times in a initial half, including a strip-sack in that he recovered his possess fumble. But he finished 14 of 17 passes in a final entertain to overcome a 20-16 deficit.
“I suspicion we played improved as a diversion went on,” pronounced Brady, who was 34 of 54 for 355 yards overall. “We done a plays when we indispensable to make them,” Brady added. “I consider that was a critical thing.”
LAFELL DOWN: Brady’s numbers would have been even improved if not for 11 drops by his receivers — 6 by newly activated Brandon LaFell.
LaFell, who spent a initial 5 games on a physically incompetent to perform list with a feet injury, hold only dual of a 8 passes thrown his way, for 25 yards. Brady and manager Bill Belichick refused to singular LaFell out, though he was harder on himself.
“If we had to give myself a class it would be F. we let a round get out of my hands too many times,” he said. “First game, final game, we design a lot of myself. I’m only unequivocally down on myself right now.”
DEFENSE: The Jets came into a diversion with a No. 1 invulnerability in a NFL. They sacked Brady 3 times in a initial half; one resulted in a fumble, though a round bounced behind into a quarterback’s hands when he was on a ground.
The Jets hold a Patriots to 16 yards rushing. Brady had 15 — a initial time in his career he was a team’s heading rusher. The 9 sum rushes for New England tied a NFL record for a fewest for a winning team, final achieved by a Patriots in 2007.
But eventually Brady figured it out.
“It’s frustrating,” Jets linebacker Calvin Pace said. “That’s because one day, that man will be in Canton.”
TOO LATE: Trailing 30-20 with 23 seconds left, a Jets kicked a 55-yard margin idea on initial down to make it a one-score game. Brandon Marshall recovered a onside kick, giving New York a round only over midfield.
Fitzpatrick found Eric Decker over a center for 12 yards, and a Jets rushed to a line of struggle to spike a round and stop a clock. But Marshall moved, ensuing in a chastisement that finished a game.
“There is no quit in us,” Fitzpatrick said. “There is a lot of quarrel in this team. We know a bid we put in each singular day, not only on Sunday. … A detriment is a loss, though we still adore entrance to play with these guys on Sunday.”
BIG WIN: It was a fifth uninterrupted time that a teams have played a one-score game.
The prior 4 meetings between a teams finished with margins of feat of 3, 3, 2 and 1 point. In 2012 a initial diversion went into overtime before a Patriots kicked a margin idea to win, though a second matchup that year was a 49-19 New England victory.
“We didn’t come here to play them close,” Fitzpatrick said. “We came here to win, so we weren’t means to grasp that.”
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