The Patriots were held scoreless in the third quarter, but remained in control of the football game as we entered the fourth and final frame of play at MetLife Stadium. With a 35-12 lead, New England began the fourth with possession of the ball in New York territory.
Quarterback Tom Brady would seal a 17-play scoring drive with a one-yard touchdown run that extended the New England lead to 30, at 42-12. On their next drive, the Jets would turn the ball over once again, as wide receiver Chaz Schilens put the football on the ground and it was covered by Rob Ninkovich of the Patriots. Just two plays later, tailback Stevan Ridley would take it in for a touchdown, extending the New England lead to 49-12.
With just more than two minutes to play, Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez found his tight end, Dustin Keller, open for a touchdown from just three yards out. The score cut the New England lead to 49-19.
Unfortunately for the New York crowd who continuously chanted for "Tebow" all evening, it was simply a case of way too little, way too late, as the Patriots held on for a convincing 49-19 win over their division rivals.
Following a tremendously impressive 35-point second quarter, the visiting New England Patriots took a commanding 35-3 lead into the second half at MetLife Stadium on Thursday evening.
In what was without a doubt the scariest play of the game thus far, Patriots' receiver Julian Edelman appeared to have sustained a concussion on a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit from Jets' safety LaRon Landry. Though it wasn't technically against any rules, nor did it result in a penalty, it was without a doubt an unnecessarily ruthless hit that was followed quickly by an exorbitant celebration. A sincere congratulations goes out to Mr. Landry on nearly knocking another man out cold in a 35-3 football game. You're all class, my friend. All class.
The Jets would then march the ball down inside the Patriots' 1-yard-line, where they would be halted by strong goal-line defense. On 4th-and-1 from the 3-inch-line, tailback Shonn Greene was stopped for a loss, turning the ball over to New England.
However, on the very next play, Patriots' tailback Stevan Ridley was called for a chop-block penalty in the endzone, resulting in a safety and two points awarded to the Jets. On the ensuing drive, Mark Sanchez was able to quickly lead his team back down the field for a score. Back-up running back Bilal Powell finished off the drive with a short touchdown run from just inside the 5-yard-line, cutting the Patriots lead to 23 at 35-12.
The Patriots began the game's second quarter with the ball deep inside the red-zone after driving the ball down the field following a Steve Gregory interception of New York quarterback Mark Sanchez.
On the first play of the second frame, Pats' quarterback Tom Brady found an open Wes Welker in the endzone for a 3-yard touchdown pass, putting New England ahead, 7-0.
After a New York punt, the Patriots would score easily on an 83-yard catch-and-run down the left sideline by reserve tailback Shane Vereen, making the score 14-0. Only a couple of plays later, beastly Patriots' defensive tackle Vince Wilfork would pick up and toss a New York offensive lineman into Sanchez, forcing a fumble. Gregory happened to be in the right place at the right time, picking up the ball and walking into the endzone for a touchdown, extending the lead to 21-0.
On the ensuing kick-off, return man Joe McKnight would fumble the football -- courtesy of a brutal hit from Devin McCourty -- right into the arms of Julian Edelman, who would scamper directly into the endzone for another New England touchdown. In a matter of just 52 seconds, the Patriots' scored 21 points.
With just a couple of minutes left on the clock, the Patriots would go in for another touchdown when Tom Brady found Edelman open for a 56-yard catch-and run. The New England lead was then 35-0.
In a stroke of brilliance, Jets' head coach Rex Ryan took the chance to cut his team's deficit to 32 when he sent out Nick Folk for a short field goal at the end of the half. At the end of two quarters, the Patriots are ahead, 35-3.
The home-standing Jets won the opening coin toss and chose to defer to the second half, leaving the Patriots to receive the ball first. An intentional grounding penalty against quarterback Tom Brady would set up a quick 3-and-out for the New England offense, and solid starting field position for the Jets. However, a sack from rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower would disrupt the Jets' first drive and force them into a 3-and-out of their own.
New England would put together a solid drive on their next possession, moving the ball deep into Jets' territory. However, yet another missed field goal attempt from Stephen Gostkowski would leave the Patriots' empty.
The Jets marched the ball right back down and into the red-zone, but an ill-advised pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez would be intercepted by safety Steve Gregory, turning the ball back over to New England.
As the quarter came to a close, the Patriots were knocking on the door for a score with the game tied, 0-0.
The New England Patriots lost their primary receiver and top tight end, Rob Gronkowski, but they will have the next best option -- Aaron Hernandez -- as he is officially active for New England's rivalry game against the New York Jets on Thanksgiving.
Hernandez has played in just four games for the Patriots this season, and he last saw action in New England's 29-26 win over the Jets in Week 7. Hernandez has 17 catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.
Dan Connolly will also return to the lineup for New England, as will Patrick Chung, but the team will be without starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who has back and knee injuries.
Chandler Jones, the Pats' rookie defensive end, will not play against the Jets.