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Patriots Take Close Game at Home Over Jets

Although it wasn't the prettiest game New England has ever played, Vince Wilfork and the Patriots were happy to escape with a win against the Jets.  Photo: Keith Allison - Wikipedia CC

Although it wasn’t the prettiest game New England has ever played, Vince Wilfork and the Patriots were happy to escape with a win against the Jets.
Photo: Keith Allison – Wikipedia CC

In a surprisingly tight game at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night, the Patriots came away with a 27-25 win over the New York Jets. The Jets were coming into the game losers of five straight, while the Patriots had won four of their last five.

On paper, and certainly to me, this game was expected to be a blowout. That idea was reinforced when it took the Pats under 2 minutes to score the game’s first touchdown on their opening drive. New York wouldn’t go down without a fight, marching down the field before a penalty and the Patriots defense held them to a field goal. Not doing much over their next few drives, New England punted away frequently to a Jets offense that moved the ball all night.

Really feeling the loss of Jerod Mayo in the middle of the defense, the Pats had a very hard time stopping the run regardless of who was carrying it. The rain might have played a small factor, as you could see people on both teams slipping, but that did not change the fact that the Patriots had a hard time tackling all night. Bad angles and arm tackles helped New York gain a lot of first downs on third-and-short situations. Only the fact that the defense held up in the red zone is the reason that the score was not 35-17 at half. The defense held the Jets to four field goals in the first half, while having New York on their side of the field for more than half the time.

On offense, Tom Brady and company had a mediocre day. Save for a few decent runs, the run game never got going between Shane Vereen and Jonas Gray. Vereen got two of his touchdowns through the air, where the Patriots had moderate success. Receivers came through when they needed to, though drops did plague the team over the course of the night. Danny Amendola finally showed up to have a huge touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, which became the game-winning score. Neither Rob Gronkowski nor Julian Edelman were that impactful in this game, but secondary receivers stepped up somewhat. Still, putting up 27 points against a Rex Ryan-led defense is good news for Patriots fans, and it was enough for the win.

The game ended in heart-pounding fashion, as the Jets got the ball with around a minute left to play and needing just a field goal to win. They marched down the field with some good play calling, and prepared for a 58-yard field goal to win the game with five seconds left. HOWEVER, Chris Jones, the same lineman who had a penalty last year on a Jets field goal that they used to win, blocked the kick. The Patriots held on for the exciting 27-25 win, and will host the Chicago Bears next Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Posted by on October 18, 2014. Filed under Around Campus. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.