Monday Night Football, Jets Vs. Patriots: Patriots Rout Jets 45-3, Claim Division Lead

It was all Patriots from start to finish, as New England put up 45 on a Jets team that just didn't show up. Read more at SB Nation New York and our team blogs, Gang Green Nation and Pats Pulpit.

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Monday Night Football, Jets Vs. Patriots: Patriots Rout Jets In Dominant Win

Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - The New England Patriots made a statement Monday night, pummeling the New York Jets, 45-3, to seize control of the AFC East in impressive fashion.

Both teams entered the highly anticipated tilt with identical records but left Gillette Stadium in decidedly different fashion, as the Patriots (10-2) outgained their division rival, 405-301, and appeared to score at will.

Tom Brady sliced up the Jets' secondary to the tune of 326 yards and four touchdowns and became the first starting quarterback to win 26 consecutive regular season games at home.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for two scores, while Danny Woodhead, who failed to make New York's roster out of training camp, amassed 104 yards on four catches against his former team.

The versatile Woodhead has become more of a focal point for New England since the trade of star wide receiver Randy Moss. The Pats signed him as a free agent a day before losing in New York back on September 19.

That's just one of the many glaring differences between the meetings with another being the performance of Mark Sanchez, who struggled considerably with three interceptions. He had a season-high 124.3 quarterback in the first matchup but completed a mere 17-of-33 attempts for 164 yards in the setback, New York's (9-3) first in five games.

Both teams drove into field goal range on their opening drives. New England's Shayne Graham had enough leg for a 41-yarder through a bitter wind 4:03 in, while Nick Folk missed wildly on a 53-yard try a little later.

Jets safety Eric Smith, filling in for the injured Jim Leonhard, was called for pass interference in the end zone on the next New England possession. The 36-yard penalty put the ball on the goal line, and Green-Ellis took it in off left tackle for a 10-0 lead near the four-minute mark.

Steve Weatherford's 12-yard punt following a three-and-out gave the Patriots a short field. On 4th-and-3 from the 25, Deion Branch caught a short slant, broke a tackle and went in for a TD with a minute to play in first.

Folk scored the visitors' only points early in the second on a 39-yard field goal, capping an eight-play, 46-yard drive.

Woodhead took a screen pass on the first play of ensuing series 35 yards to the New York 32. The big gain set up a touchdown from the four, as Brandon Tate got his left knee and wrist inbounds while bringing down a pass along the left sideline with 8:15 remaining in the half.

It stayed 24-3 at the break, and the Jets had a promising march thwarted when Brandon Spikes picked off Sanchez in the red zone early in the third.

New England proceeded to go 93 yards in eight plays, culminated in Wes Welker's 18-yard score. The diminutive receiver caught an out route at the 14 then carried Jets cornerback Drew Coleman into the end zone with 4:40 remaining in the third.

Devin McCourty hauled in Sanchez's underthrown ball intended for Braylon Edwards less than a minute later, the sixth interception of the year for the rookie. On the first play of the final stanza, Brady found Aaron Hernandez for a one-yard score off a play-action fake.

Green-Ellis capped the route -- and the Patriots' fourth straight win -- with a five-yard romp to paydirt following another Sanchez interception.

The temperature at kickoff was 27-degrees Fahrenheit with wind gusts up to 24 m.p.h....Brady completed 21-of-29 passes and found eight different receivers. Welker caught seven balls for 80 yards, Branch had three for 64 and Hernandez finished with three for 51...Green-Ellis carried the ball 18 times for 72 yards...The Patriots honored former linebacker Tedy Bruschi during a halftime ceremony...The Jets had won a franchise-record eight straight road games coming in...The Patriots have won 17 straight games at home in December... Sanchez had a 27.8 quarterback rating, compared to Brady's 148.9...Santonio Holmes led the Jets' receiving corps with seven receptions for 72 yards, while Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson logged 64 and 47 rushing yards, respectively...Leonhard suffered a broken leg in practice during the week and will miss the remainder of the season.

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Monday Night Football, Patriots vs. Jets: Now Officially Running Up The Score

OK, so it’s 45-3 after the Patriots extended a drive by going for it on 4th-and-inches and BenJarvus Green-Ellis plowed into the end zone for yet another touchdown.

Now, I’m sure you’re all going to hear about this for the next week, or at the very least tomorrow, but here goes:

I don’t care that the Patriots are piling it on. Now, to start with the idea that one team should just give up when the other team can’t stop them is a contentious one to begin with, but these are the Jets. The loud-mouth, trash-talking, Hard Knocks, paper-Super Bowl champion football villains of the new decade. They’ve spent a lot of the last week talking, and the Patriots haven’t. This is how they do their trash talking: on the field, even if they’re up 38.

At some point, it’s got to become about protecting the starters, yes. But it shouldn’t ever be about protecting the Jets’ feelings.

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Monday Night Football, Patriots Vs. Jets: Another Drive, Another Touchdown For Brady

The scoring is coming faster than I can update at this point. Tom Brady was given another long field, Danny Woodhead picked up 50 yards, and Aaron Hernandez caught a short pass for the fifth touchdown of the night.

The Patriots have had statement game after statement game, it seems. But it’s hard to imagine a bigger statement than this one. 38-3, dominating on offense, defense, and special teams. All that’s left is…oh, there it is! Third pick for Sanchez.

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Monday Night Football, Patriots Vs. Jets: The Offense Returns, Sanchez Throws Another

And it’s 31-3.

The Patriots were given their longest field of the night after the red zone interception, but that wasn’t going to deter them. Big plays from Danny Woodhead, Rob Gronkowski, and especially Aaron Hernandez (from, of course, the extra-sharp Tom Brady) brought the Patriots all the way downfield before Wes Welker was tackled into the end zone for the fourth touchdown of the night.

If the rout weren’t already on enough, Mark Sanchez just tried to go deep, and found the waiting arms of Devin McCourty. Good feelings all around in New England tonight.

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Monday Night Football, Patriots Vs. Jets: The Jinx Is In

Mark Sanchez hasn’t thrown a pick tonight…” was the call.

A few seconds later, and the ball was in Brandon Spikes’ hands, just yards from the end zone. Those who believe in the jinx would have a harder time writing a more convincing scenario.

The pick comes at the end of by far the most promising drive of New York’s night. The Jets had carved up the field on the ground and in the air, breaking tackles and beating coverages.

And then the pick.

The clock keeps winding down, and even though the Patriots offense has slowed down, it’s hard to imagine that’ll stay the same the way they’ve looked so far.

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Monday Night Football, Jets Vs. Patriots: OK, So The Offense Is A Little Stoppable

A questionable spot and a stuffed run play hurt the Patriots, resulting in the first scoreless drive of the night.

But when that happens, the Pats can still rely on Zoltan Mesko. A booming punt and a block-in-the-back pinned the Jets around their 10 yard line. They didn’t move any further thanks to some great defense by Jermaine Cunningham, Jarrad Page, and Pat Chung (who was specifically called out by ESPN pre-game for not being able to cover receivers).

And then Jets punter Steve Weatherford couldn’t even boot it 40 after a big favorable bounce. I know it’s windy out, but geeze.

Patriots still lead 24-3, but this time with great field position.

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Monday Night Football, Jets Vs. Patriots: New England Offense Looking Unstoppable

20 yards to a first? That’s nothing to the Patriots.

For the second time tonight, the Patriots have picked up a 1st or 2nd-and-long, and converted the series for a touchdown. The Jets picked up a field goal, but that lead just keeps on growing. 24-3 is pretty nice.

Four big plays stand out on this drive. The first was a little dump to Danny Woodhead, who found himself in wide open field, good for 35 yards. The second was on a play Brady changed at the line. The Jets came offsides, but it made no difference, as BenJarvus found yet another wide-open side for another big gain.

Then came the penalty, when a pick play gave Deion Branch an offensive pass interference flag.

But the Patriots were not deterred. Brady found Welker to get in close, and a quick toss to Brandon Tate, who just barely got his forearm down in bounds, was good for the score.

The Jets offense seems to be finding a little bit of life, but if the Patriots don’t slow down, it won’t even matter.

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Monday Night Football, Jets Vs. Patriots: A First And More! Patriots Turn 4th Down Into 7!

This game couldn’t have started much better for the Patriots, who’ve taken a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.

This latest drive started with a 12-yard punt from the Jets.

No, you’re not reading that wrong. 12 (twelve) yards.

But the Patriots almost threw it all away, as they gave the Jets another 12 yards on a sack on the first play. They couldn’t pick anything up on 2nd down either, but on 3rd down Brady found Branch for 20 yards, setting up a dreaded 4th-and-2.

Then he found Branch again, and a broken tackle later, Branch found the end zone. Shayne Graham added one more, and here we are: 17-0.

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Monday Night Football, Jets Vs. Patriots: Dramatics And A Penalty Puts Pats In End Zone

The Patriots are up 10-0 early on the Jets after a big pass interference call put them one yard away from paydirt.

Twice Tom Brady decided to launch it deep. The first time, it sailed over the head of Deion Branch, who may well have had a case when he asked for a pass interference call he didn’t receive.

Facing a 3rd-and-6 situation, Brady scrambled away from pressure, and falling forward, threw a rocket to Welker for the first.

Then, on the second attempt at a longball, it landed incomplete as Rob Gronkowski was being knocked to the ground in the end zone.

No denying that call.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis needed two touches within one, but the Pats picked up their first touchdown of the game.

10-0 early, but the Patriots can’t let up against this team. Not for one second.

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Monday Night Football, Jets Vs. Patriots: Just A Bit Outside

I know it’s from 53 yards (with the wind, mind you), but man, Nick Folk just sent one just a bit outside. Of the net.

Here’s to you, Bob Uecker!

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Monday Night Football, Jets Vs. Patriots: Mistake Stalls Drive, But Patriots Strike First

The Patriots have their first three points of the game, though they might have left four on the board.

A strong opening drive, highlighted by a 12-yard run from BenJarvus Green-Ellis and a 23-yard reception from Deion Branch stalled at the Jets’ 23 yard line when a first down play was ruined by miscommunication, leaving Brady no choice but to launch one out of bounds. Two incompletions later, and the Pats were forced to kick it.

A pretty impressive job on that, though, by Shayne Graham, who booted one right down the middle from 41 yards into strong winds that hooked it hard to the left at the end.

Pats are up 3-0. It’s Mark Sanchez and the Jets’ turn.

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Monday Night Football, Jets Vs. Patriots: The Big One

The Colts are down, and the Dolphins are mediocre. That leaves the Jets as the Patriots’ main rival of the season, and they’ve been up to the task so far.

While the teams already met in a heated game in Week 2, let’s be frank, that’s not on the same level as this one. Both teams are now 9-2 and battling for control of the AFC East. Yeah, it seems like every week has been a statement week for the Patriots of late, but let’s be honest: this is the big one.

Bigger than the Colts, bigger than the Steelers, bigger than the Ravens, bigger than the Saints last year, and certainly bigger than any game in 2008. This is the biggest regular season game this team has had since Super Bowl 41.5 against the 7-0 Colts in 2007.

The Patriots got beat in Week 2. They’re looking to even the score.

Jets – Pats starts now!

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