Santonio Holmes was the lone bright spot for New York making good on seven receptions for 72 yards. New York's offense seemed gun shy as they were reluctant to throw the ball down the field, averaging a season low of five yards per completion. The Jets were down 17-0 in the blink of an eye by the end of the first quarter and were forced to abandon their ground and pound game. Holmes got open over the middle and Sanchez still managed to miss him several times with poor throws.
Trailing 3-0, Curiously Rex Ryan opted for a 53 yard field goal, (estimated at 58 with the windy conditions) as the ball went begging seemingly twenty yards wide left. The Jets could have gone for it or directionally punted to pin the Patriots deep. Folk missed and New England got great field position.
On the fifth play of the ensuing drive, Tom Brady spotted tight end Bruce Gronkowski on a wheel route, slinging the ball 37 yards into the end zone. The ball seemed like it'd fall short but New York safety Eric Smith, who was filling in for injured signal caller Jim Leonhard, blatantly ran over and interfered with Gronkowski. Smith drew the pass interference call as he had his back turned to Brady and he failed to make a play on the ball, with his momentum having carried him into Gronkowski. The Patriots were awarded an automatic first down from the one yard line. Two plays later, tailback BenJarvus Green-Ellis punched it in for a double digit Patriots edge at 10-0. The Jets were never able to recover as both the offense and defense were shell-shocked with the flood gates officially busted open.
New England extended their regular season home win streak to 26 games, while the Jets regular season road win streak was snapped at eight games.
"I thought we had a great week of preparation," quarterback Sanchez said. "It didn't look like it tonight."
Out-coached, out-played and over-matched, Rex's squad did not look ready to play and certainly did not look the part of the 9-2 conference leading team. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick silenced the chatty Jets with their 45-3 romping; adding credence to the Patriot's reputation as the best team in football. In what many experts deemed a statement game, the Jets came out flat and didn't look worthy of being on the same field as New England. Gang Green can toss this game film out the window; as the whole team was a no-show, getting the doors blown off their squad. New York will have a heightened sense of urgency in their remaining four games as they will likely need to win out to keep their division title hopes alive.