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Patriots 29, Jets 26: Stephen Gostkowski comes through late, Pats squeak out OT win

Stephen Gostkowski tied the game with a late field goal and won it in overtime with another as the New England Patriots outlasted the New York Jets, 29-26, on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

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Pats' injured players play through pain in Week 7

The Patriots had many key players injured this weekend, but most of them were able to play anyway.

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Pats beat Jets 29-26 with late comeback

Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to a victory over the New York Jets in an AFC East clash.

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Patriots escape with 29-26 overtime victory

The New England Patriots held a 23-13 advantage over the New York Jets through the first three quarters of play on Sunday afternoon, but began the fourth frame with a couple of negative offensive plays, leading to another Zoltan Mesko punt.

Despite starting with the ball inside their own 10-yard-line, the Jets proceeded up-field with ease, often exposing the Patriots' struggling secondary with big gains in the passing game. A short pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez to tight end Dustin Keller would conclude this drive with New York's second touchdown of the evening.

In the midst of this drive, Jets' running back Shonn Greene was pummeled by Patriots' linebacker Brandon Spikes after catching a Sanchez pass for a minimal gain. Greene would leave the game and make an early appearance in the New York locker room.

With a three-point lead in tow and just 5:39 left on the clock, Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense was given the chance to close out an opponent and seal a New England victory. However, they were once again unable to get the job done, giving the ball back to New York after a miserable three-and-out.

The Jets would take the ball back into Patriots territory and settle for a game-tying field goal with just 2:06 left on the clock.

As if blowing a ten-point fourth quarter lead wasn't enough, the Patriots would fumble the ball on the ensuing kick-off, setting up the Jets' offense just outside the red-zone. The man who inexplicably fumbled the football? None other than oft-criticized defensive back Devin McCourty.

The Jets couldn't get into the endzone, but were able to take the lead, 26-23, on another 43-yard field goal off the foot of kicker Nick Folk.

Fortunately for the Patriots, the offense was able to work its way inside Jets' territory and set up Stephen Gostkowski for a 43-yard field goal attempt. Gostkowski's kick would split the uprights as time expired, sending the game to overtime with a 26-26 tie.

The Patriots would begin overtime with the ball after winning the opening coin toss. After their drive stalled just outside the New York 30-yard-line, the Patriots were forced to bring their kicker back on to the field. Gostkowski once again came through with a clutch kick, this time from 48-yards, to give New England a 29-26 lead.

When the Jets took over, Patriots fans everywhere looked on with tremendous nervousness and anxiety, as the game was not left in the hands of the much-maligned New England defense. However, defensive end/linebacker hybrid Rob Ninkovich would put an end to what was an excellent effort from the New York Jets, when he stripped Mark Sanchez and recovered the fumble, immediately ending the game and securing a 29-26 win for the Patriots.

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New England leads, 23-13, after three quarters

After taking a 16-10 lead into the locker rooms for halftime, the Patriots were forced to start the third quarter on defense.

A beautifully orchestrated opening drive would position the Jets inside of the Patriots 5-yard-line. However, a tremendous effort to break up a Mark Sanchez pass intended for Chaz Schilens in the endzone made by cornerback Ras-I Dowling would force the Jets into a field goal attempt from Nick Folk. The kick would split the uprights, cutting the New England lead in half, to 16-13.

Tom Brady would then lead his offense down the field and into the red-zone on a drive displaying a great balance of run and pass. On third down and goal from the 2-yard-line, number 12 would find a wide open Rob Gronkowski for his second touchdown of the afternoon. The drive by the Patriots lasted nearly half the quarter and featured a whopping total of 15 plays ran from scrimmage.

When the quarter came to a close, the Patriots had a 23-13 lead and possession of the ball right around the 50-yard-line.

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New England Patriots take 16-10 lead into halftime

After taking a 14-7 lead through one quarter of play, the New England Patriots began the second frame around midfield. However, a holding penalty against lineman Donald Thomas would set them back and force the Pats into a punt.

On the Jets' first offensive play of the second quarter, a mishandling of the football by quarterback Mark Sanchez and running back Shonn Greene would end with a safety and two points awarded to the Patriots. When the ball squirted out and was rolling around in the endzone, Sanchez kicked it out of bounds to avoid a complete disaster and a Patriots' touchdown.

Midway through the quarter, the Jets had a wide open Stephen Hill in the corner of the endzone for what should have been a 40-plus yard touchdown pass. However, Sanchez would throw one of the worst passes that I've seen in quite some time, right into the hands of rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who was standing a solid 5-10 yards in front of Hill, for an interception.

Unfortunately for the 67,000-plus fans in attendance, the Patriots were unable to get any offense going for the remainder of the quarter, despite multiple opportunities with the ball. The Jets would make it a one-score game with just two seconds left in the half, thanks to an impressive 54-yard field goal from Nick Folk. After thirty minutes of play, the Patriots lead the Jets, 16-10.

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Patriots vs. Jets: New England leads, 14-7 after 1

After falling to 3-3 by way of a 24-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6, the New England Patriots were back in action at home against the AFC East division rival New York Jets this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Things, however, did not begin the way that the home team had hoped for. After failing to drive the ball past midfield, due in part by a costly drop from wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, the Patriots were forced to punt the ball over to the Jets.

As everyone with a working knowledge of the NFL would have expected, the New York Jets immediately went to the passing attack to gash the New England defense on their opening drive of the game. It was Jets' wide out Jeremy Kerley who would be the primary beneficiary of the Pats' defensive struggles, catching two passes for a total of fifty yards. Running back Shonn Greene would conclude the touchdown drive with a one-yard leap into the endzone to give the Jets an early 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing kick-off, the Patriots would receive perhaps the best play of the entire season (thus far) from cornerback Devin McCourty, as he would return Nick Folk's kick 104 yards for a game-tying touchdown. The score was sprung by an excellent block made by reserve tight end Daniel Fells. A KR touchdown is a rare sight against the New York Jets, who typically boast one of the league's strongest kick coverage teams.

After forcing a three-and-out of the Jets and setting themselves up with great field position, the Patriots offense would go to work. Tight end Rob Gronkowkski would conclude a successful drive by putting New England ahead, 14-7, on a beautiful catch in the corner of the endzone.

As the quarter came to a close, the Patriots were beset by another critical drop from Brandon Lloyd that would have set the team up, deep inside New York territory.

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Logan Mankins among Patriots inactives vs. Jets

Despite missing practice this week due to an ankle injury, New York Jets lineman Nick Mangold is active for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

Here is the full list of inactives for the Jets on Sunday:

Patriots lineman Logan Mankins is inactive for Sunday's game. He practiced Friday, but has been battling a calf/hip injury this week.

Here is the full list of inactives for the Patriots:

The Patriots are 10-point favorites heading into the game against the Jets. Both teams are 3-3 in the AFC East. The Dolphins and the Bills are also 3-3, creating a four-way tie going into the week for first place in the division.

Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET.

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Jets contact NFL about Patriots' offense

The New York Jets have contacted the NFL regarding the proper enforcement of the league's substitution rules during Sunday's game between the Jets and the New England Patriots, ESPN is reporting.

Per NFL rules, if an offense makes a substitution between plays, the defense is allowed to make a substitution as well. After reviewing film from the Patriots' 31-21 win over the Denver Broncos, the Jets coaching staff concluded that the rule was not regularly enforced during that game, which ultimately hurt Denver's chances at a victory.

Per a member of the Jets' coaching staff, "we have already talked to the league office and [New York head coach] Rex [Ryan] will be in the ref's ear about this all game." Additionally, the Jets staff will be certain to reinforce their position on the league's substitution rules before the game begins, when they are scheduled to meet with the game's officials.

The no-huddle offense that New England often runs, and the rules regarding defensive substitution, have gained significant attention leading up to this game, with the Jets publicly commenting on the issue on multiple occasions. Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said that if these rule are not enforced that the game could become "chaos", and linebacker Calvin Pace even told ESPN that he felt the no-huddle is "borderline illegal."

Sunday's game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots will begin at 4:25 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CBS.

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Pats vs. Jets: Game preview, TV schedule and more

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots look to bounce back from a loss last weekend when they face the rival New York Jets on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Event: New England Patriots (3-3) vs. New York Jets (3-3) - Week 7.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 4:25 p.m. ET

Location: Gillette Stadium (Capacity: 68,756), Foxboro, MA.

Broadcast Info: Sunday afternoon's game between the Patriots and Jets will be broadcast regionally on CBS/WBZ (Channel 4 in Boston) and on DirecTV 712. The game can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub and on Siruis 93.

Odds: New England is a 10.5-point favorite over New York on Sunday.

Patriots 53-Man Roster: View the New England Patriots' roster here.

Jets 53-Man Roster: View the New York Jets' roster here.

Injuries: Below is a list of injuries for both New England and New York.


New England Patriots Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kyle Love knee 10/19/2012

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Julian Edelman hand 10/19/2012
Dont'a Hightower hamstring 10/19/2012
Logan Mankins calf 10/19/2012
Sebastian Vollmer knee 10/19/2012
Pat Chung shoulder 10/19/2012
Rob Gronkowski hip 10/19/2012
Aaron Hernandez ankle 10/19/2012
Sterling Moore knee 10/19/2012
Wes Welker ankle 10/19/2012
Ron Brace back 10/19/2012
Nick McDonald shoulder 10/19/2012

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brad Herman achilles-tendon 06/12/2012
Jamey Richard concussion 08/02/2012
Dane Fletcher knee 08/15/2012
Will Allen undisclosed 08/27/2012
Josh Barrett undisclosed 08/27/2012
Spencer Larsen undisclosed 08/27/2012
Jeff Demps leg 08/31/2012
Visanthe Shiancoe hamstring 09/05/2012


New York Jets Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Dustin Keller hamstring 10/19/2012
Stephen Hill hamstring 10/19/2012
Bart Scott toe 10/19/2012
Bryan Thomas hamstring 10/19/2012
Jeremy Kerley hand 10/19/2012
Brandon Moore hip 10/19/2012
Calvin Pace shoulder 10/19/2012
Mark Sanchez back 10/19/2012
Matt Slauson knee 10/19/2012
LaRon Landry heel 10/19/2012

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Clyde Gates shoulder 10/19/2012
Nick Mangold ankle 10/19/2012

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Eric Smith knee 10/19/2012
Bilal Powell shoulder 10/19/2012

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Darrelle Revis knee 10/12/2012
Santonio Holmes foot 10/03/2012
Josh Mauga pectoral 10/10/2012

Last Time Out: New England was shocked by a scrappy Seattle Seahawks team, losing 24-23 in Seattle, WA. Tom Brady threw for 395 yards and Wes Welker had 138 receiving yards, but the New England defense was torched by first-year quarterback Russell Wilson, who had 293 yards and three touchdowns. New York routed the new look Indianapolis Colts, 35-9, behind a 161-yard, three score game from Shonn Greene. Mark Sanchez was held to 82 passing yards and two scores and Tim Tebow completed a pass for 23 yards.

Last Meeting: New England and New York last met on November 13, 2011, when Brady threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns to carry the Pats to a 37-16 win. Rob Gronkowski grabbed eight passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns and Chad Ochocinco grabbed two passes for 65 yards. Mark Sanchez had 306 passing yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted. Santonio Holmes had six catches for 93 yards. Prior to that meeting, the Patriots and Jets played on October 9, 2011, with New England capturing a 30-21 victory.

Game Preview: The baseball version of the Boston-New York rivalry took a year off (in other words, the Red Sox were terrible), but don't expect the gridiron version to do the same. The Pats and Jets will meet for the first time this season, and whenever those two teams get together, it's always exciting. There's Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez (and now Tim Tebow), Bill Belichick and Rex Ryan and so many more lovable (or hatable) players. Both teams enter the game at 3-3, tied atop the AFC East. There's no question that both sides want to win, badly, but recent history suggests that New England has a hand up in these types of match ups, specifically against the Jets. Sure, New York made back-to-back AFC Championship Games not too long ago, but they have always seemed to lack that elite gene. More often than not, they tend to fold when playing the Pats, and given that this is the first meeting of the year between them and that the Pats are at home, signs are pointing to another New England win.

Prediction: Playing at home, New England breaks the tie with New York and takes over first place in the AFC East. Final score: Patriots 24, Jets 20.



For more New England Patriots coverage, visit our team blog, Pats Pulpit.

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Patriots vs. Jets: Five things to watch Sunday

It will be a good old fashion rivalry game for Tom Brady and the Patriots this weekend as Mark Sanchez and the Jets come to town Sunday afternoon in Foxboro.

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Gronk, Hernandez questionable for Pats vs. Jets

The Pats face a big AFC East battle on Sunday, and their top two tight ends are still recovering from injuries.

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Mankins, Hernandez out on Thursday

The Patriots injury report for Thursday is out, with Logan Mankins, Aaron Hernandez and Steve Gregory all unable to practice.

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NE's Lloyd: 'We're not playing against Joe Namath'

The New England Patriots are battling the New York Jets on Sunday, and the winner will be on top of the AFC East. It's a rivalry that has intensified in recent years, but if you asked Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd about its significance, he wouldn't be able to offer much. According to Boston.com, Lloyd was asked if he knew much about the rivalry between the two teams, and he replied, "No, I don't. Do you want to enlighten me?"

Lloyd followed it up by saying that the team is just approaching the game like it was any other. He also made it clear that the history doesn't matter in the here and now, referencing former Jets quarterback Joe Namath:

"I think the best thing is just approach it like a normal game," Lloyd said. "As a player, I think the build-up is more so for the fans and the history, but these are current teams, current rosters. We're not playing against Joe Namath or anything like that.

Lloyd followed it up by saying that it's an important game, but that the team is preparing for it just like any other game. It's probably a good mindset to have, though some players do thrive on the whole rivalry aspect. Lloyd clearly is not one of those players, and doesn't need things like rivalries to be totally prepared for a game.

Still, the bit about Namath is true on more than the basic level, as the Jets don't boast a strong quarterback in Mark Sanchez.

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Hernandez and Gronkowski limited at practice

New England Patriots tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski were both limited in practice on Wednesday with lingering injuries as was wide receiver Wes Welker.

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