Four Downs: Jets Beat Pats

Four Downs looks at the Jets razor sharp win at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

1: Big Talk: There were multiple heroes in the Jets' 28-21 AFC Divisional Round win over the Patriots. The two that stand out were Rex Ryan and Antonio Cromartie. Their game-week verbiage clearly irritated the Patriots, who uncharacteristically responded to the talk by offering their opinions of the Jets to New England media.

2: Brady Uncomfortable: It is obvious that Tom Brady is a Hall-of-Fame quarterback and he is still in his prime. But he was frustrated all afternoon Sunday by the Jets' defense. The front three created constant pressure and the secondary did not allow his receivers releases in the secondary.

3: Puzzling Bill: Of all the ridiculous labels in sports, genius tops the list. Supposed football genius Bill Belichick's play-calling and clock management rivaled the worst of Herm Edwards and Eric Mangini. The Patriots went for—and converted—a two points following a third quarter touchdown that cut the Jets' lead to 14-11. That drive saw New England in the no-huddle, hurry-up offense. But trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Patriots ran the ball which took time off the clock.

4: Sorta Special: The special teams had an up-and-down game. Punter Steve Weatherford averaged 36 yards a punt but kicked two into the end zone. Nick Folk missed a chip-shot field goal attempt in the first quarter. That was the negative. The positives were the work Antonio Cromartie did in the return game and the job the on-sides kick team did. Cromartie returned four kickoffs for 103 yards. He also had one punt return for -1 yard. One of Cromartie's kickoff returns was a recovery of the first of two New England on-sides kicks that he brought back to the 20-yard line. Two plays later, Shonn Green sprinted 16 yards into the end zone and the Jets were able to officially book their tickets to Pittsburgh.

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