Met Life Stadium: East Rutherford, New Jersey-
Once the biggest rival of the Jets, a five game losing streak is over against them. The sea of green created by Jets fans created the energy on the way to a win. It went to overtime and a generous penalty led to the game-winning field goal. Jets 30, Patriots 27.
Geno Smith threw his thirteenth interception and Patriots Logan Ryan took it 81 yards for a touchdown. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got his favorite weapon back Rob Gonkowski. They established a chemistry quickly during the game. Because of this, the Jets had to overcome a 21-10 lead that the Patriots held at halftime.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan examined the game at halftime. His adjustments energized the Jets defense and it took just two plays to reduce the Patriots lead. Jets safety Antonio Allen got his first career inception and made it a pick six. Allen’s touchdown recharged the crowd.
On the Jets first series of the second half, QB Geno Smith orchestrated a touchdown drive using his running skills.That launched a tremendous cheer from the Jets Fans at Met Life and by the time the drive had ended, the crowd was yelling, “Geno, Geno!”
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Jets WR Jeremy Kerley had 9 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. Kerley’s catches were superb, as six of them came on third down situations. He was the most effective when the Jets needed it.
The first half special teams play was a factor for field position. The Patriots’ valuable punt returns help build a 21-10 halftime lead. Kick returner Jullian Edelman’s finesse style got him a 38-yard punt return.
Jets punter Ryan Quigley helped the Patriots on field position on one punt. Quigley punted a 34-yarder giving the Patriots a generous short field.
Jets KR Josh Cribbs helped contribute to a field goal with 21 yards on a punt return.
In a time when the Jets needed a big punt, Quigley delivered. He had a remarkable punt and pinned the Patriots down at their own 8-yard line with 2:10 left in the game.
There was a sensational game winning field goal by Nick Folk. Rex Ryan nicknamed him “Folk Hero” weeks ago and he’s living up to it.
First and foremost, it was a risky call, attempting a 56 yard field goal. A failed kick wou;d give Tom Brady and Patriots a short field in overtime. Folk misses and the Patriots are flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
After the 15 yard penalty, the Jets ran a few plays. Folk attempted a 42 yard field goal and the vital kick was good.
The Jets opening drive was intense and productive. The first play set the tone as Geno Smith threw a 25-yard completion to Jeff Cumberland. Jeremy Kerley was clutch and caught three third downs. They finalized the drive with a touchdown, a great way to start the game. Smith was under pressure and stepped up in the pocket, delivering a bullet pass to Kerley for the 12-yard score.
The offensive line maintained a dominance all game in the trenches. They protected Geno Smith all game. They establish the running attack and at the most meaningful times. In overtime, the Jets ran 11 runs out of 13 plays.
Geno Smith is learning and growing into the quarterback position. On Smith’s second series he was moving the ball, but the rookie threw his first career pick-six. He responded with a pass to Stephen Hill, a 17-yard completion. The rookie shook it off and wasn’t rattled.
At halftime, Smith’s numbers were out playing the Patriots’ Tom Brady. Smith was 10/18, 159 yards, 1 TD, and 1 Int. Brady was 11/18, 102 yards.
Early in the second half, the Jets defense came out and were playing lights out. The offense has to carry their own weight. Smith engineered a great drive to take the lead. He rushed for 14 yards to get a first down to extend the drive. Following that, he scrambled for 8 yards and got a touchdown. That gave the Jets a 24-21 lead with 4:33 left in the 3rd quarter.
Smith had a deep pass in double coverage in the end zone and delivered a touchdown. It was a small window, but he got it right to Stephen Hill. There was a flag on the play as Hill was caught for offensive pass interference in the end zone. This would have increased the lead to ten points late in the 4th quarter.
Chris Ivory runs hard and he took the bulk of the carries in the game. Ivory slashed for 19 yards on one carry. He looked recharged with a 30 carries-for-105-yard performance. In overtime, the Jets leaned on Ivory to drive the ball into field goal range.
Jets offensive coordinator Marty Morningwig was mixing formations with a nice run and pass balance. He had the Patriots defense distressed. He adjusted the wildcat package with calling snaps for Josh Cribbs as the quarterback. Cribbs is reminding Jets fans of former Jet Brad Smith. Cribbs energizes and is most dangerous once the ball is in his hands.
New wide receiver David Nelson strengthens the depth on the team. Nelson caught big passes for big gains: 25, 27, and 16 yards. In overtime, he had a 12 yard pass that started off the winning drive.
Jeremy Kerley is cooking and showing great chemistry with Geno Smith. He helped the Jets start the game 6-for-6 on third downs. He has stepped up and is becoming the most consistent wide receiver.
The Jets offense owned the time of possession, controlling the ball for 46:13. On third down, they were 11-for-21, a 52% success rate.
The Patriots defense made a big play to stop the Jets and forced three-and-outs early. Cornerback Logan Ryan had a pick-six for 81 yards. The play silenced the crowd at Met Life.
Chandler Jones and Chris Jones had two sacks each and provided a pass rush. Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower, and Brandon Spikes led the Patriots in tackles with 11.
The Jets defense came out flat and the Patriots scored on the first series. They struggled with the no huddle. LB Demario Davis covering Rob Gronkowski was not working. Gronkowski got 42 yards on the opening drive. The Jets had make adjustments on Gronkowski or he was going to make them pay.
Safety Antonio Allen took the task to cover Gronkowski. He began by breaking up a 3rd down pass to him. He was disrupting and covering the big tight well. It was not easy, as the Patriots targeted him 17 times. Allen helped with reducing the Patriots 3rd down efficiency, as they were 1-for-12 for an 8% success rate.
The Jets defense is known for stopping the run. They gave up 2 rushing touchdowns in the first half. Patriots RB Stevan Ridley kick his run outside and scored a 17-yard touchdown. Jets LB Calvin Pace couldn’t get off his block to seal the outside. It was a rare hiccup by the Jets run defense.
The Jets coaches made halftime adjustments and fired up the defense. They came out of the tunnel, trailing the Patriots 21-10. It only took 2 plays to change the intensity and flow of the game.
On the first play of second half LB Quinton Coples had a strip-sack, although the Patriots recovered the fumble. Immediately, the defense was pouring on the pressure with the pass rush. On the second play, the pressure instituted a pick 6. Antonio Allen’s interception return went 23 yards for a touchdown. The Jets took 33 seconds to close the gap and make it a 4 point game.
The Jets defense distinguished the Patriots offensive production. They held the run game to 90 yards and the passing game to 228 yards. Antonio Allen and Demario Davis led the Jets in tackles with nine. They had four sacks on Brady and it was a collective effort by Muhammad Wilkerson, Calvin Pace, Damon Harrison, and Quinton Coples.
The Patriots took the opening drive down the field. Tom Brady has a revamped offense with a new target to work with on Sunday. His favorite target TE Rob Gronkowski played his first game of the year and Brady connected with Gronkowski for 42 yards on the opening drive.
Brady was spreading the ball around to all his receivers.He used his hurry-up and drove the ball on the Jets stout defense. Gronkowski caught a 30 yard pass to set up a rushing touchdown. Patriots RB Brandon Bolden scored a 1-yard run.
The Patriots took advantage of a short field in first half. Stevan Ridley ran 17-yard touchdown.
The Patriots offense was 8% 3rd down efficiency. They couldn’t get key first downs and had a lot of incomplete passes.
Next Game: Jets at Bengals, 4pm Sunday