Patriots roll past Jets 49-19 with big 2nd quarter
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)
Tom Brady couldn't believe what happened. Neither could Bill Belichick, nor
the rest of the New England Patriots, for that matter.
They were up 7-0 on the New York Jets one minute, and 28-0 the next.
touchdowns in 52 seconds. That was all it took to send the high-scoring
Patriots to a 49-19 victory Thursday night - and put the bumbling Jets
on the verge of seeing their season slip away.
''It all happened
so fast,'' Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo said. ''I've never been part
of anything like that, but I'm glad that we were on the right side of
Brady threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score as
the Patriots (8-3) took advantage of five turnovers and used a 35-point
second quarter - including the three TDs in less than a minute - to
cruise past the Jets (4-7).
''That was quick,'' Patriots
defensive end Rob Ninkovich said. ''They were some of the quickest
scores I've ever seen on any level.''
New England's 35
second-quarter points tied for the fourth-most in a quarter in NFL
history. After a scoreless opening period, the Patriots then went on a
touchdown spree despite holding the ball for only 2:14 as the Jets kept
giving the ball away.
''I was unfortunately on the other side of
that in a Pro Bowl where they scored on a fumble, then an
interception,'' Belichick said. ''It doesn't take a lot to score like
that - defensive touchdowns, special teams, they can add up in a hurry.
''Nothing surprises me in the NFL.''
Patriots jumped on a poor decision by Mark Sanchez, who ruined a nice
drive by keying in on Jeremy Kerley on second-and-6 from the 23. Steve Gregory read the play the whole way for an easy interception.
then led the Patriots on a 15-play, 84-yard drive that was capped by
Wes Welker's 3-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the second
Things got out of hand in a hurry a few minutes later.
New England recovered a fumble by Shonn Greene, Brady threw a swing
pass on first down to Shane Vereen, who zipped down the left sideline
untouched for an 83-yard touchdown that made it 14-0 with 9:43
remaining in The Opening half.
The Patriots were back in the end
zone moments later after Sanchez fumbled on second down as he fell when
he slammed into right guard Brandon Moore's backside. Gregory picked up
the ball and ran it 32 yards for a score to put New England up 21-0
with 9 minutes left.
And, the Patriots weren't done.
Joe McKnight, one of the league's top returners, fumbled the ensuing
kickoff on a hit by Devin McCourty. Julian Edelman grabbed the ball out
of the air and scooted 22 yards for yet another score, making it 28-0
with 8:51 remaining in the half.
''That was crazy,'' Sanchez
said. ''I've never seen anything like that. This is a team you can't
turn the ball over against because they make you pay. That was a great
display of that today.''
Disgusted Jets fans were chanting for
Tim Tebow to play before the second quarter of this Thanksgiving
showdown was over, and booing as the team left the MetLife Stadium
field at halftime.
''Shoot, I don't blame them for booing,'' Jets coach Rex Ryan said.
England, which beat Indianapolis 59-24 on Sunday, scored four
touchdowns in just over 6 minutes, helping Belichick become the eighth
coach in NFL history with 200 career victories, including the playoffs.
''There's no coach I'd ever want to play for than him,'' Brady said.
also caught a 56-yard pass for a score before leaving with a head
injury, and Stevan Ridley ran for a touchdown as New England set a
franchise record with 108 points in a two-game stretch.
Patriots improved to 19-0 in the second half of the season since 2010.
They were 8-0 that year and last year, and are 3-0 this season after
the midway point.
Meanwhile, the Jets allowed their most points
since giving up 52 to Miami in the 1995 season opener, and will likely
have to win their remaining five games to even have an outside chance
at the postseason.
''Discouraged? Of course,'' Ryan said. ''I'll
put it to you this way: We're about as wounded as you possibly can be,
but we're not dead.''
New England was without star tight end Rob Gronkowski, out a few weeks after breaking his left forearm against
Indianapolis. It didn't need him - not with the Jets fumbling and
Brady finished 18 of 28 for 323 yards before
leaving with 2 minutes left in the game. He reached 3,000 yards passing
for the 10th time, becoming one of six players to accomplish the feat.
He also passed Dan Fouts for 10th place on the career passing list.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez returned after missing three games with a
sprained ankle and had two catches for 36 yards.
was 26 of 36 for 301 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Tebow
didn't play at all - revealing after the game that he has two broken
ribs - and stood on the sideline with a cap on throughout despite the
occasional chants for him to get some snaps.
It looked as though
this one might be a close as both teams missed opportunities to score
in the opening quarter, including Stephen Gostkowski going wide left on
a 39-yard field goal attempt for New England. The Jets were hoping to
boost their playoff hopes and keep some momentum going after a 27-13
victory at St. Louis on Sunday that snapped a three-game skid.
The Patriots had other plans, sweeping their AFC East rivals for the
second straight season.
''We did a good job,'' Vereen said, ''of putting the hammer down when
they were down.''
Edelman left the game early in the third quarter on a
hit by LaRon Landry on an end-around during which he fumbled. Belichick
would say only ''we'll see,'' when asked about the injury. ... Jets WR
Clyde Gates also left with a head injury in the second quarter after a
hard hit from Kyle Arrington. ... Jets WR Chaz Schilens didn't speak to
the media after the game, saying he had also suffered a head injury.
... Ridley was called for a chop block in the end zone midway through
the third quarter, giving the Jets a safety.
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