A miserable Jets season filled with lackluster effort, missing birthday parties and general ineptitude added another forgettable chapter against their most annoying foe.
They were beaten by a one-legged 39-year-old man.
Tom Brady came alive at the exact right time (as usual) to lead the Patriots to a 22-17 win over the Jets on Sunday in front a stadium filled with way too many New England fans.
Jets diehards suffering from a Thanksgiving hangover evidently sold their tickets to the highest bidder wearing Brady or Gronk jerseys. Random “Brady!” chants filled the air on a night that added more agony to this awful season that dropped the Jets to 3-8.
Brady, playing with swelling and soreness in his knee, tied Peyton Manning for the most quarterback wins (200) in NFL history. He looked mortal for the better part of the game before engineering a nine-play, 83-yard game-winning drive in the waning minutes.
The icing on Brady’s cake?
He picked on Darrelle Revis on both of his touchdown passes, including the game-winning four-yard score to Malcolm Mitchell with 1:56 left. Brady (30 for 50, 286 yards, 2 TDs) showed no mercy on Revis, who intimated in the wake of Deflategate that the future Hall of Fame quarterback cheated.
Malcolm Mitchell beats Darrelle Revis to cross the goal line for a go-ahead touchdown.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (22 for 32 for 269 yards, 2 TDs, 115.2 rating) played well after being re-inserted into the starting lineup before his fumble with under two minutes remaining sealed the Jets fate.
Stephen Gostkowski’s 29-yard field goal on the Patriots first drive of the second half gave Brady & Co. a 13-10 lead before Enunwa’s leaping 22-yard touchdown grab gave the Jets the lead in the fourth quarter.
Then, Brady does what he always does: Stick a dagger into the Jets, who lost their third in a row.
The Jets’ offensive game plan was transparent early on: Give Brandon Marshall the damn ball.
Chan Gailey’s top offensive weapon had been invisible for the better part of six weeks before getting involved in the first quarter to take a lead on their division rivals. Ryan Fitzpatrick, inserted back into the starting lineup, found his BFF early and often. Marshall, who didn’t have more than five catches in each of the previous five games, had five grabs for 54 yards and a score a few seconds into the second quarter.
Marshall’s one-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the second quarter put the Patriots in their first double-digit hole in a game that Tom Brady has played all season. It was Marshall’s first score in six games.
Ryan Fitzpatrick tosses two touchdowns but it isn’t enough for the Jets.
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Brady, dealing with soreness and swelling in his knee, sputtered out of the gate before finding his rhythm. Todd Bowles’ defense forced three consecutive punts to start the game (35 total yards allowed in the first quarter). Brady missed a couple golden opportunities early, including a misfire on a deep pass for Rob Gronkowski that would have picked up at least 65 yards to get into the red zone. Gronk, already dealing with a lung issue, didn’t return after leaving the game in the second quarter with a back injury.
The Jets out-gained the Patriots, 128-35, in the opening quarter before Brady & Co. awoke from their slumber to tie the game. New England picked on former Patriot Darryl Roberts, who was cut after the preseason, to help claw back into the game. Roberts’ 31-yard defensive pass interference on a trick play (Chris Hogan’s pass for Malcolm Mitchell) set up Stephen Gostkowski’s 28-yard field less than five minutes into the second quarter.
The Patriots turned Robby Anderson’s fumble on a 25-yard catch-and-run late in the quarter into a touchdown to knot it up. Brady hooked up with Mitchell for a 4-yard touchdown to make it 10-apiece with 6 ½ minutes to go before intermission. Mitchell beat Darrelle Revis, whose critical Deflate Gate remarks haven’t been forgotten in Foxborough.
Todd Bowles’ curious decision not to go for it on 4th and 4 from the Patriots 36 late in the first half nearly cost his team. At 3-7, why try a 54-yard field goal?
Nick Folk’s attempt was blocked. The Patriots got to the edge of the red zone on the ensuing drive before the typically reliable Stephen Gostkowski’s missed a 39-yard field goal attempt to keep the game deadlocked at halftime.
Brady became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to top 60,000 passing yards.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News