NFL Playoffs, Jets Vs. Patriots: Mark Sanchez Picks Up Second Touchdown, Puts Jets Up 11

It’s been all downhill in the second quarter for New England.

The Patriots once again gave the Jets great field position when a punt fake went awry. Patrick Chung fumbled the trick snap, and was taken down well short of the first by a swarming Jets defense.

With just 40 yards to go, the Jets gave the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson for one big gain, then found Braylon Edwards, who shrugged off tackles from both Devin McCourty and Brandon Meriweather, striding into the end zone for the score.

The Patriots have played their worst first half of the season, picking up only three points en route to a 14-3 deficit. In general, everything seems to be out of synch. The offensive line is allowing a great deal of pressure to reach Brady, who is in turn throwing the ball into Rob Gronkowski’s back. Even the play calling is suspect, with the Pats going for too much in the Red Zone and telegraphing pass plays when there’s no need.

The Patriots will have the ball to start the second half.

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