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Benjarvus Green-Ellis carried the ball 27 times for 136 yards including 10 big carries on his teams clock bleeding final drive, and the New England Patriots gained a measure of revenge over the New York Jets today at Gillette Stadium, 30-21.
The Jets beat the Patriots in their divisional playoff game back in January on the same field after the Pats had gone 14-2 during the regular season. The win today moves the Pats to 4-1 on the season, while the Jets drop below .500 for the first time this season at 2-3.
The game had an odd ebb and flow where both teams went through simultaneous periods of offensive ineptitude and brilliance.
After a pair of three and outs to start the game, the Patriots found their groove on offense with an impressive quick-strike drive down the field that saw Tom Brady hook up with Wes Welker 32 yards down the field. Green-Ellis did the rest, toting the ball four straight plays in the redzone before punching it in from 3 yards out to give give the Pats a 7-0 lead.
On their next possession, the Patriots were spotted good field position, but were unable to move the ball and settled for a 44 yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski.
Finally, the Jets offense began to show some signs of life after being largely stifled through most of the first half. Jets running back Shonn Greene demonstrated the kind of power that made him a star at Iowa, leading a 78 yard drive and dragging Pats defenders with him on almost every carry. He slammed the ball into the endzone on the 13th play of the drive and the Jets were on the board.
The score marked the first offensive touchdown for the Jets in six quarters.
Right before the half though, the Patriots had an opportunity to extend the lead, after they drove down to the redzone against the Jets prevent defense. On third down with nine seconds remaining, Brady threw to Aaron Hernandez in the endzone, but Hernandez bobbled a sure catch into the hands of Antonio Cromartie. It was the first redzone interception for Brady in his career at Gillette Stadium.
In the second half, the Patriots came out looking to make up for their mistake, as Brady hit Welker down the seam for 73 yards on the opening play of the half. Only the blazing speed of Darrelle Revis saved a touchdown. It was short lived though, as Tom Brady hit Deion Branch in the corner of the endzone for his first touchdown pass of the game.
The 73 yard reception by Welker alowed him to become the NFL’s all-time leading receiver through the first 5 weeks of the season. Welker also went over 100 yards receiving for the third time this year.
With the Patriots ahead 17-7 and the momentum fully in their favor, Jets return man Joe McKnight returned the ensuing kick-off 88 yards to the Patriots 20 yard line. 3 plays later, Mark Sanchez found Jeremy Kerley in the corner of the endzone for a 10 yard touchdown pass, the first of Kerley’s career, to make it a 17-14 game.
The defenses then took over, with the Jets and Patriots each forcing a pair of three and outs . The Jets defense was in Brady’s face most of the afternoon, picking up 4 sacks and 5 hits on the future hall of famer, but never were they more ferocious than during this stretch.
Finally though, after having to start the drive at their own 23 yard line, Brady put together one of his most impressive drives of the season, marching the team 77 yards in 11 plays, capped by a Green-Ellis TD run, that helped the Pats match their largest lead of the game at 24-14.
The fourth quarter began when the Jets were backed up in their own end of the field and forced to punt out of their endzone. Wes Welker took the punt at mid-field and returned it 25 yards to the Jet 25 yard line. The Pats were unable to move the ball, but Gostkowski connected on his second field goal to give the team a 27-14 lead.
With the game getting away from them, the Jets responded with a critical drive that saw Shonn Greene continue to bowl over defenders and Mark Sanchez find his first sustained rhythm of the game. The team moved 85 yards in 11 methodical plays, before Sanchexz hooked up with receiver Santonio Holmes on a 21 yard TD pass to bring the Jets to within six at 27-21.
Needing a long drive to both, give their defense a rest and bleed time from the clock, the Patriots turned to Benjarvus Green-Ellis again. The bruising back carried the ball 10 times for 58 yards on the drive and drove the Patriots down to the Jets nine yard line before being stopped on a 3rd and short. A 28 yard field goal by Gostkowski sealed the 30-21 win for the Patriots.
Tom Brady’s lone touchdown pass ends a streak of 13 consecutive games with multiple TD passes. That tied an NFL record held by Peyton Manning.
The Patriots win is their 30th straight regular season victory at Gillette Stadium.
The 136 yards by Green-Ellis is the most by a Patriots RB since 2008.
Tom Brady: 24/33 321 yards, 1 TD 1 INT
Benjarvus Green-Ellis: 27 carries 136 yards, 2 TD
Wes Welker: 5 catches 124 yards, 0 TD
Deion Branch: 7 catches 74 yards, 1 TD
Mark Sanchez: 16/26 166 yards, 2 TD 0 INT
Shonn Greene: 21 carries 83 yards, 1 TD
Santonio Holmes: 4 catches 60 yards, 1 TD
Jeremy Kerley: 3 catches 35 yards, 1 TD
After an 11 play, 85 yard by the Jets brought them back into the game, the Patriots responded with what appears to be the game clinching drive. Benjarvus Green-Ellis carried the ball 10 times in 13 plays that saw the Pats bleed all but one minute off the clock. Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 28 yard field goal after the drive stalled in the Jets’ red zone.
13 plays, 69 yards, 6:12
The Patriots had multiple opportunities to stop the Jets on third down, but instead allowed a 21 yard touchdown pass on 3rd and 7 from Mark Sanchez to Santonio Holmes. The Patriots now lead 27-21 with just over seven minutes to play.
11 plays, 85 yards, 5:43
After backing the Jets up deep in their own end of the field, the Patriots were able to force a punt that Wes Welker returned 25 yards to the Jets 25. The Pats drive stalled inside the 10 though, and they were forced to settle for a short FG from Stephen Gostkowski.
6 plays, 19 yards, 2:17
A wild start and finish to the 3rd quarter has helped the Patriots match their largest lead of the game at 24-14.
The opening play of the second half saw Tom Brady hit Wes Welker down the seam for 73 yards. The play would have gone for a touchdown if not for the blazing speed of Darrelle Revis to chase him down at the Jets seven yard line.
3 plays later, after a booth review allowed the Patriots to keep the ball after a Deion Branch fumble, Tom Brady found Deion Branch in the corner of the end zone for his first touchdown pass of the day.
Not to be outdone, Joe McKnight returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to the Pats 20 yard line and set the Jets up to answer quickly. After a pair of Shonn Greene runs got the Jets to the 10, Mark Sanchez found Jeremy Kerley for a 10 yard touchdown pass and cut the Pats lead to 17-14.
Then the defenses stepped up again and forced four consecutive three and outs. But the Patriots finally found their offensive groove when they went to a spread offense and were able to dink and dunk their way down the field on an 11 play drive that was capped by the second Green-Ellis TD run of the day to give the Pats a 24-14 lead.
Benjarvus Green-Ellis capped off an impressive drive for the Patriots with his 2nd three yard touchdown run to give the Patriots a 24-14 lead. Rob Gronkowski had his first big impact on the game, catching two passes and drawing a pass interference penalty.
11 plays, 77 yards, 4:12
After Wes Welker’s 73 yard reception in the third quarter he captured the league record for most receiving yards through five games in NFL history.
Tom Brady’s touchdown pass three plays later to Deion Branch was his 275th all time, tying him with Vinny Testaverde for 8th all time.
The touchdown pass also marked the 21st straight game that Brady had thrown a TD pass.
After a game changing review that set-up the Patriots second touchdown of the game, Jets kick off specialist Joe McKnight returned the enesuing kick-off back to the Patriots 20 yard line. That set up a quick three play, 20 yard drive that saw Mark Sanchez complete his first touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley.
3 plays, 20 yards, 1:43
The opening play of the second half saw Tom Brady hit Wes Welker for 73 yards down the seam to the Jets’ six yard line. Two plays later, the Patriots nearly had their second turnover in the red zone after Deion Branch appeared to fumble the ball on a catch he made from his knees.
Upon review, the play was ruled down by contact, and Branch got a Brady touchdown pass on the next play to give the Pats a 17-7 lead.
4 plays, 80 yards, 2:15
The New England Patriots began this season with an almost mind boggling offensive outburst that saw them put up at least 30 points in all four of their early season games. Now, they find themselves in a different type of game against AFC East rival, the New York Jets.
The Pats have a 10-7 lead after a good start to the game that saw them force a pair of three and outs on defense, get good pressure on Mark Sanchez, and slow down the Jets vaunted running game.
After a Stephen Gostkowski field goal made it 10-0, the Jets began to assert themselves on both sides of the ball. They began to hit Tom Brady with regularity, dialing up the pressure from their front seven, and Darrelle Revis became a more consistent presence on Welker.
Offensively, the Jets got their running game going behind Shonn Greene, who began bowling over Patriots defenders and picking up big chunks of yards. A 78 yard, 7 minute drive culminated in a 3 yard Greene TD run to get the Jets on the board with three minutes left in the half.
On the ensuing drive, with a chance to reclaim the momentum that had gotten away from them, the Patriots drove deep into Jets territory in the closing moments of the half before Aaron Herandez bobbled a sure touchdown pass from Tom Brady into the hands of Antonio Cromartie.
Tom Brady: 13/17 157 yards 0 TD 1 INT
Benjarvus Green-Ellis: 8 carries, 51 yards 1 TD
Deion Branch: 4 catches, 57 yards
Mark Sanchez: 7/10 57 yards 0 TD 0 INT
Shonn Greene: 11 carries, 49 yards 1 TD
Plaxico Burress: 2 catches, 28 yards
After appearing to have re-injured his knee on a deep pass route, Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez is back on the field with a noticeable limp and a new tape job.
Shonn Greene accounted for 38 of the teams 78 yards as the Jets got on the board for the first time today. It was the first offensive touchdown for the Jets in 6 quarters. The Patriots still lead 10-7.
13 plays, 78 yards, 7:54
After limping off the field earlier with an undisclosed leg injury, Patriots DE Shaun Ellis has returned to the field.
Aaron Hernandez was a surprise addition to the active roster today after spraining his MCL back in Week 2. Unfortunately, he appeared to have re-injured it on a deep route moments ago and is back in the locker room receiving treatment.
Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has extended the Patriots lead to 10-0 after nailing a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter. The Pats were able to move into field goal range thanks to an illegal contact penalty against Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson.
6 plays, 18 yards, 3:06
These two teams have seen each other so often now that they can almost finish each others sentences. The Patriots have a 7-0 lead thanks to a three yard Benjarvus Green-Ellis touchdown run, but the defenses have been the story in the first quarter.
The Patriots deferred after winning the toss and promptly forced a three and out. The Patriots turned around and were forced to punt after just four plays. It was the first time that they had failed to score on their opening possession this season.
After another three and out for the Jets, deep in their own end, the Patriots broke through on offense. Tom Brady found Wes Welker deep over the middle for 32 yards, to put the ball on the Jets 27.
From their it was the Benjarvus Green-Ellis show. He covered the final 27 yards on just four carries including a three yard TD run where he dragged two Jets players into the end zone.
Since then, it’s been all defense from both sides. The Jets are getting consistent pressure on Tom Brady, while the Pats defense is consistently stuffing the Jets running attack.
Shaun Ellis limped off the field on the Jets previous drive, he was replaced by Jermaine Cunningham.
Tom Brady hit Wes Welker over the middle for 32 yards, narrowly avoiding Jets safety Jim Leonard. Then it was the Benjarvus Green-Ellis show as he pounded out the final 20 yards of the drive on three carries for the touchdown.
5 plays, 64 yards, 2:34.
Today, the New England Patriots will battle the New York Jets in a crucial early season AFC East clash. The game is a re-match of last years divisional playoff game that saw the Jets take down the Pats at Gillette Stadium 27-21.
If you’re unable to see or hear the game today, we’ve got you covered! We’ll have in-game scoring, news and injury updates for you as they happen! So make sure to follow along with us for all the action today.
Also, make sure to check out our associate editor @DShookSBN on twitter for live game analysis throughout today’s action!
Kick-off is set for 4:15 p.m. and can be seen on CBS or heard on the radio at 98.5 “The Sports Hub”. The Patriots come into today’s game with a record of 3-1, while the Jets are at 2-2 and have suffered back to back losses to the Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders.
Quarterack Kevin O’Connell
Wide receiver Logan Payne
Running back Bilal Powell
Tight end Josh Baker
Linebacker Garrett McIntyre
The Patriots list of inactive players for today’s AFC East battle with the New York Jets has been announced.
Quarterback Ryan Mallett
Linebacker Jerod Mayo
Wide receiver Julian Edelman
Running back Danny Woodhead
Offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer
Defensive end Mike Wright
Free safety Josh Barrett
Noticeably absent from this list are defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Hernandez was expected to miss potentially six weeks after spraining his MCL during the teams Week 2 win over the San Diego Chargers, but has healed much faster than originally planned. He’s active, but how much he’ll play is still a question.
Likewise, Albert Haynesworth was not expected to play this week thanks to continuing back problems, but he is active and will be available to play in today’s game against the Jets. He’ll be needed today to combat the Jets running game along with fellow tackle Vince Wilfork. The Jets ground game has been difficult for the Pats to slow in the past few meetings
On Sunday afternoon when the New England Patriots take on the New York Jets, the Pats will be wearing their throwback uniforms from 1985 (imprint of Refrigerator Perry not included).
The jerseys represent the year that the Patriots won their first AFC Championship, defeating the Dolphins in Miami. The Super Bowl didn’t go as well though as they were clobbered by Walter Payton and the Chicago Bears 46-10.
The uniforms will consist of the red jerseys, white pants, and the white helmet with the “Pat Patriot” logo on either side.
The Patriots are 7-3 all-time while wearing their throwback uniforms including 2-0 last season with wins over the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions.
Kickoff for the game between the two AFC rivals is set for 4:15 p.m. and the game can be seen on CBS. The Pats come into the game at 3-1 while the Jets have lost two straight games and are 2-2.
Antonio Cromartie and Tom Brady aren't exactly on speaking terms. Cromartie, a noted hater of the Pats legendary quarterback, kicked off the trash talking prior to Sunday's game between the Patriots and Jets at Gillette Stadium, saying that he wouldn't take back his comments regarding Brady from last season.
"What I said last year, I meant it," Cromartie told me. "I'm not going to take back anything. I'm definitely looking forward to this rivalry game. I still have the same feelings. Feelings don't change. Whatever I said last year is not going to change." (via Newsday)
During the Patriots' 45-3 rout of the Jets during the regular season last year, Brady pointed at the Jets sideline, which Cromartie took as showboating. Cromartie, who then called Brady a derogatory term, also said the following.
"If you want to be a professional, be a professional," Cromartie said at the time. "You've been there before scoring touchdowns, so go back to the sidelines . . . I hope he'll throw the ball 10 times my way . . . Let the scoreboard speak for itself, which it did the last game [45-3]. Let your play speak for itself. Don't look at our sideline. That's the biggest sign of disrespect." (via Newsday)
Cromartie and the Jets had the last laugh, edging the Patriots, 28-21, in the divisional round of the playoffs last year to advance to the AFC Championship Game, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Tom Brady is excited. Want to know why? Brady and his New England Patriots haven't played the New York Jets in quite some time, and this Sunday, they'll get the chance to do just that. The last meeting between these two teams didn't go as planned, as the Pats lost to the Jets, 28-21, in the divisional round of the playoffs last season.
Brady, speaking on The Dennis & Callahan Morning Show on the WEEI Sports Radio Network, shared his excitement on Tuesday morning, saying that he will be interested to see how Rex Ryan and the Jets play the Pats.
"It will be interesting to see how they play us," Brady said. "I'm glad we have a week to prepare for them. We're going to need it. We're going to be excited to play when we see them on Sunday. It's been a long time since we played them." Brady said that New York's defense keys in on what the opposing offense likes to do and tries to take that away. But New England has shown that they now run the ball in addition to its pass attack, as the Patriots racked up 183 yards on the ground against Oakland. (via WEEI)
It's the Patriots and the Jets. Translation? This is going to be good. Tom Brady and New England host Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan and trash-talking New York in the most important game of the season to date on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
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