The Patriots marched down the field on their opening drive with 13 plays and 75 yards that culminated in a Dion Lewis rushing TD. They were quieted by the Jets defense until the middle of the second half when Tom Brady found Brandin Cooks wide open in the end zone for a 5 yard touchdown. New England's defense forced a three-and-out on the Jets and Brady executed a two-minute drill like you read about, this time ending with a Lewis rushing TD. I think Brady could've done it blindfolded like Peter Lafleur in Dodgeball. It's not as if anyone actually thought the Pats could lose to the Jets this week. The Steelers needed a win and a Patriots loss to claim the #1 seed in the East. They were so confident the Patriots had that game in the bag, they nearly threw in the towel on their own. Pittsburgh rested all their impact players and only barely managed to beat the worst-team-in-history Browns.
Despite several big plays in the first half, the Jets were unable to find the end zone. Petty had three pass plays of 20+ yards (22,24, and 35) in the first half and one for 46 yards in the second. Those big pass plays and the rest of their efforts on the day amounted to only 6 points on the board and no trips to the end zone for anyone on the Jets.
The second half was mostly game management by both teams. Brady didn't attempt anything too risky and the Jets gave up by the fourth quarter. While they were still four scores down, NY kicked a field goal on third down, which is the coaching staff saying they simply don't believe they can get into the end zone. The Jets called it a game, and a season, at that point. The Patriots defense was still hungry and added a safety to boot near the end of the game.
With a first-round bye for the 8th consecutive season and home field advantage secured, New England is in a good position to make a deep playoff run. Sometimes I wish I was a fan of a slightly worse football team so I'd get to watch them in an extra playoff game, alas, such is the deprived life of a Patriots fan.
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