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The New England Patriots held the New York Jets to just three points in their dominating win Monday night. But more than that, the Patriots were able to do whatever they wanted on offense. Against a Rex Ryan defense that allows on average just 19 points per game, the Pats put up 45 with over 405 yards of offense. Tom Brady was near perfect, finishing 21-for-29 with 326 yards and four touchdowns.
After the game, Ryan did not hold back describing just much his team was dominated.
"They made some huge plays in the game," said Ryan. "All I can say is give [Patriots coach Bill Belichick] credit. I came in to kick his butt and he kicked mine. Obviously we got outcoached, outplayed, got our butts kicked. I don't know what else you can say about it."
"I mean, humiliating? For one night. Shoot, I'll fight tomorrow. I'll guarantee you that. Humiliating? You know, it's the biggest butt-whipping I've taken as a coach in my career."
Meanwhile, his counterpart, Bill Belichick, while even keeled in his post-game press conference, certainly recognized the "butt-whopping" they put on the Jets. In some of the highest praise he can give, Belichick said, "I thought that this was the best 60 minutes of football we've played all year."
It's a loss Ryan and the Jets won't soon forget.
"I don't think he was necessarily trying to rub it in, but this is the same team that took a bunch of shots on us and they had paybacks," said Ryan. "I mean, let's face it, we kicked their butt at our place. So you know they are trying to come back. So trust me, we will remember this. There is no question about that."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Monday night marks the end of 10 days of hype that began as soon as the Jets beat the Bengals Thanksgiving night. New England and New York, the AFC's two best teams (both with 9-2 records), meet in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, with the winner taking a one-game lead in the AFC East and putting themselves in great position for the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
It will be cold Monday night, with temperatures in the upper 20s and winds at 15-20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph, that will make it feel brutally frigid.
In addition to the Jets-Patriots matchup, it's Tedy Bruschi Night at Gillette. At halftime, the Patriots will honor the former linebacker.
"I'm very excited about it...I'm not sure what emotions I'm going to experience (that night); it's a whole new setting for me having my family on field with me, and not having a helmet and shoulder pads on," Bruschi said. "I'm very appreciative of Mr. Kraft setting this up for me. I'm very proud to say that I only played for one team...I look forward to the opportunity to thank the fans for all of the support they gave me throughout my career.
The New England Patriots have listed a pair of defensive lineman and a cornerback on their injury report for Monday's game with the new York Jets: DL Mike Wright, DL Myron Pryor and CB Jonathan Wilhite. None of the trioparticipated in Saturday's practice.
Tom Brady, who has made a recent habit of entering games "questionable" just only listed as "probable" now, with his right shoulder and foot injuries.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Stephen Neal, G (Placed on IR)
Did Not Participate
Myron Pryor, DE - Back
Jonathan Wilhite, CB - Hip
Mike Wright, DE - Neck/Concussion
Tom Brady, QB - Right Shoulder/Foot
NEW YORK JETS
Jim Leonhard, S (Placed on IR)
Dwight Lowery, CB - Concussion
Damien Woody, OT - Knee
Marquice Cole CB Hamstring
Drew Coleman CB Groin
Jerricho Cotchery WR Groin
Shaun Ellis DE Knee
David Harris LB Calf
Wayne Hunter T Back
Nick Mangold C Shoulder
Calvin Pace LB Foot
Sione Pouha DT Ankle
Mark Sanchez QB Calf
Matt Slauson G Knee
Brad Smith WR Back
After opening the week as three-point favorites, the New England Patriots are now laying four points (according to bodog.com, via Odds Shark) against the New York Jets for their huge Week 13 showdown Monday night.
This will be the second meeting between these two teams, with the Jets winning in Week 2 with a big second half, 28-14.
The rest of the AFC East schedule for Week 13 (both games at 1 P.M.):
Cleveland at Miami (-4.5)
Buffalo at Minnesota (-6)
After a day off Wednesday, the Patriots returned to practice Thursday. And so too did Tom Brady.
The quarterback, who has routinely been sitting out Wednesday's practices the past few weeks, was on the field Thursday in full pads. He was held out of Tuesday's practice. Brady had been dealing with a foot sprain for a while now.
Elsewhere around the team, cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, guard Stephen Neal, Myron Pryor and Mike Wright were not spotted at the beginning of practice.
And rightfully so. Both teams are 9-2 after Week 12 wins (the Patriots over the Lions and the Jets over the Bengals). New York sits atop the AFC East because they own the tie-breaker after downing New England in Week 2, 28-14.
The Patriots will be looking to exact some revenge on their home turf, where Tom Brady hasn't lost a game since 2006. But the Jets are confident, too. With the scoreboard still blowing Thanksgiving night after his team beat the Bengals, Jets head coach Rex Ryan proclaimed that New york was up for the challenge.
"I don't care what people believe. I know what I believe," Ryan said. "Our football team believes that we can beat anybody. They've won 25 straight at home, we've won eight straight on the road, so we plan on making it nine. I know it's gonna be tough, but we're just the men for the job."
Naturally, since he is a professional athlete, Tom Brady has also expressed confidence in advance of Monday's game.
"I'm pretty confident we'll be ready to play this week," Brady told Dennis & Callahan. "We've played some big night games. At Miami against a damn good team, and I'm really proud of the way we responded. Then at Pittsburgh, a night game on the road and I thought we responded pretty well. I think we've shown we can respond well in big games. Against Indy, the Thanksgiving Day game... So, I don't think the event is too big for us. We'll be ready to go."
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