Four Downs: Patriots Got Game

Four Downs explores the four primary themes from the New York Jets and their 45-3 loss to the Patriots on Monday night.

1: The Heartbreaker: Last night's much hyped game ended, for all intents and purposes, with 9:15 left in the third quarter when Brandon Spikes picked off Mark Sanchez at the Patriots seven-yard line. The Jets were driving, their best string of offensive play of the game, and looked certain to cut into New England's 24-3 lead. The pick concluded what had been a 10-play, 59-yard drive, and the Jets first and only trip into the red zone.

2: Missing Leonhard: It is obvious but it bears noting. The Jets defense badly missed strong safety and Green And White Report blogger Jim Leonhard last night. Tom Brady shredded the Jets defense for 326 yards and four touchdowns on 21 completions. Leonhard's replacement, Eric Smith, was flagged for a 33-yard pass interference call midway through the first quarter. The Patriots would score two plays later for a 10-0 lead and the game was over by that point.

3: The Dirt On Sanchez: There was much debate in the 11 days leading to the game regarding whether the Jets needed Mark Sanchez to outplay Brady in order to win. The consensus was that if Sanchez played mistake-free quarterbacking, the Jets would be in good shape. What they received was something far different: 17-of-33 for 164 yards, three interceptions and one sack for a 15 yard loss. His quarterback rating was 28.7. Sigh.

4: Don't Read All About It: The Jets defense has generated headlines for its play during the Rex Ryan era. They will do so for their horrendous effort Monday night. The Patriots scored 45 points on seven-of-10 possessions and did not turn the ball over.

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