Tom Brady overcame New England’s shaky first three quarters by throwing for a pair of touchdowns in the fourth, and the Patriots defeated the New York Jets 30-23 on Sunday to remain unbeaten.
The Super Bowl MVP completed 14 of 17 passes in the final quarter to overcome a 20-16 deficit and give New England (6-0) a two-game lead over the Jets in the AFC East. The Patriots started out shaky and committed mistakes that were uncharacteristic of the Super Bowl Champs.
Ryan Fitzpatrick came out on the losing end of the battle, but he played a fantastic game. He kept the Jets on pace with the Patriots for most of the game. Fitzpatrick completed 22-of-39 passes for 295 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Chris Ivory, who entered as the AFC’s leading rusher, was held to 41 yards on 17 carries while dealing with a sore hamstring. He also had two catches for 12 yards and a touchdown. Decker caught six passes for 94 yards.
Sunday was another Patriots win over the New York Jets. It was business as usual. One day, the Jets’ and head coach Todd Bowles will be able to topple the Patriots from their throne in the AFC East. But until then, they’ll have to figure out the plan. The Jets (4-2) are still very much in contention for a playoff spot, or perhaps even a division title. They remain a legit team with lots of weapons to get them to the next level.
The Patriots outplayed the Jets in Sunday’s most critical situations. The moments that separate good teams from great teams, seemed to all go in favor of the Patriots.
Tom Brady willed the Patriots to victory playing behind a patchwork offensive line, finishing 34-of- 55 for 355 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with four carries for 15 yards and a touchdown.
Brady talked about the incredible comeback, via the PatsFan website. He also mentioned the play of the Jets’ defense.
“We made the plays when we needed to make them. I think that was the most important thing,” Brady said. “They had a lot of confidence with the things they were doing, as they should because they’ve been, I think, the top ranked defense all year giving up 15 points a game. So they’re just tough.”
The Jets may have had the topped ranked defense, but the Patriots had Tom Brady. That’s an unfair advantage for any team to have.
The game wasn’t pretty, but it was the outcome the Patriots wanted. After the hard fought contest, New England coach Bill Belichick wasn’t pleased. But he never really is.
“Definitely wasn’t our best performance. There were a lot of things we left on the field,” Belichick said. “But in the end we were able to make the plays we needed to make when we needed to make them.”
Tom Brady and Belichick sound like the same person. Are they?
The Patriots met the challenge, as they so often do in these tight battles against the Jets. New England retained first place in the AFC East against this latest competitive, upstart Jets squad. The Patriots move on to a short week and get ready for the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football, in Foxborough.
It was hard fought and sluggish at times. It wasn’t the typical beautifully orchestrated game that the Patriots are known for. But it was a win. The Jets seemed to have found a gunslinger in Ryan Fitzpatrick. That may mean some interesting games down the pipe for the Pats. But as long as the Patriots come out on the winning end, Patriots Nation will truly love it.
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