FINAL: Patriots 27, Jets 13
The Patriots get the job done on the road, putting together one of their better efforts away from Gillette Stadium. The penalties and inconsistency on offense hurt them in the first half, but the Pats pulled away late in the third and into the fourth with 17 second-half points to just three for the Jets. Sony Michel survived another injury scare and had perhaps his best game as a Patriot, gaining 133 yards on 21 carries and scoring a third-quarter touchdown to break the tie and give the Patriots a seven-point lead.
-- Q4, 1:56: Kearse can't make the catch in the end zone on fourth-and-2, and the Patriots take over on downs with a 14-point lead. White picks up a huge first down with a 24-yard run as the Patriots look to ice the game.
-- Q4, 2:00: The Jets are driving with a chance to cut the Patriots' lead to one touchdown. The game isn't quite in hand for the Pats just yet. If the Jets can make it 27-20, the Patriots will be forced to make a first down on their next drive in order to ice the game. Both teams still have all three timeouts.
-- Q4, 5:23: New England fails to capitalize on the defense getting a stop, but they manage to run a couple of minutes off the clock as they go three-and-out themselves. Three straight plays of two yards or less, including a one-yard loss on a catch by Patterson, force Ryan Allen to kick it away. But it's still a two-possession lead for the Patriots.
-- Q4, 7:38: The Jets answer the Patriots' touchdown with a three-and-out. Patrick Chung makes a big tackle to stop Trenton Cannon for a three-yard loss, and McCown can't find Robby Anderson on third down.
-- Q4, 8:21: Michel returns to the game after an injury scare, and immediately breaks off a 33-yard run after cutting around a block to the left and bursting into the open field. Brady heaves it up on first down to Patterson near the end zone, but the ball falls short of the goal line as Patterson is boxed out by Trumaine Johnson. Brady has to get rid of the ball under pressure on second down for an incompletion. Third down is good, though, as Brady finds Gordon on a comeback route to the right.
Michel picks up a first down on the next series, shifting through the openings on second-and-4 up the middle. Brady fires it over the middle to Edelman and he holds on, picking up yet another first down, and a roughing the passer moves the Patriots half the distance to the goal line from there. Patterson gets stood up on an attempted leap into the end zone, as he jumps a little too early. Michel dives and gets the ball over the plane for the touchdown on the next snap, but the call is overturned after the replay reveals that Michel was just short of the goal line when his left knee hit the ground. Michel powers his way in on the very next play, just punching it in for the score.
It's now 27-13 Patriots, as Michel gets rewarded for a huge day on the ground. He's up to 131 rushing yards and a touchdown.
-- Q4, 13:23: Wise makes a play for the first time, trying to atone for his first-quarter penalty to make a third-down sack on McCown to force fourth down. So, the Patriots get the good start to the fourth they were looking for. It's 20-13 with Brady getting the ball back and a chance to break it open.
-- END THIRD: 20-13 Patriots. One of the better quarters the Patriots have played on the road this season. It still wasn't perfect, as the Patriots allowed the Jets to get into field goal range on their one drive in the quarter. But the blitzes started working more against McCown, and it led to some errant throws. More importantly, the Patriots offense looks like it could finally be settling in as the fourth quarter kicks off. The Jets are driving to start the fourth, so it's on the defense to get the final frame off to a good start.
-- Q3, 1:52: Brady and White have a nice play-action fake, which helps Hogan get open for his second catch of the day. White breaks off a big run down the sideline on the next play, and the Patriots are in business. Then, finally, the Pats find the end zone as Brady pump-fakes to help get Edelman open, and No. 11 rumbles all the way into the end zone. It's 20-13 Patriots with the offense finding a groove and avoiding penalties to reach pay dirt.
Maybe that's the play the Patriots needed to ride their momentum into a strong fourth quarter. Let's see if the defense can respond to that with a big stop.
-- Q3, 4:00: Crowell catches a last second dump-off from McCown, who barely avoids the sack. Crowell picks up the first down on third-and-1 with a nice gain. Gilmore commits a holding penalty against Enunwa down by the end zone to give the Jets another first down. On third-and-10, McCown steps up and out of the pocket to run for it, pulling a John Elway as he leaps and gets helicoptered around but picks up the first down. The Patriots defense finally gets a third down stop at the 20-yard line, as McCown is off the mark and the Jets bring in Myers for a 38-yard field goal to tie the game back up, 13-13.
The Patriots defense has been up-and-down so far, just like the offense. They finally started to make plays, mainly thanks to Kyle Van Noy on the final series of the last drive. He hit McCown twice, and besides a third-down scramble for a first down the quarterback didn't look terribly comfortable. The Jets have continued to make their share of chunk plays both on the the ground and in the air, and have gone 5-for-10 on third down.
Brady needs to put together a big drive soon, because for now it looks like the Jets are going to hang around.
-- Q3, 8:34: Michel finally gets a big gain that's not called back due to a penalty, shifting through an opening and making a tackler miss at his feet to break off a 31-yard run. Michel is just one yard short on second down, but Patterson converts on third-and-1 with a jet sweep. Sony Michel nearly gets another first down but looked to injure his back after getting tackled awkwardly. Patterson gets the handoff and converts on fourth down.
Unfortunately, the Pats just miss out on a touchdown after Brady again can't connect with Gronkowski in the end zone. Gostkowski is good again, though, and the Patriots take a 13-10 lead.
-- HALFTIME: Patriots 10, Jets 10. Jets kicker Jason Myers is good from 55 yards to tie the game 10-10.
-- Q2, 2:00: McCown hits Quincy Enunwa for a big gain down the right sideline after the receiver gets separation on Jason McCourty. But it's undone as McCown targets Robby Anderson deep near the end zone, where Stephon Gilmore leaps up as if he's the intended receiver to make the interception.
-- Q2, 2:30: Another nice gain by Michel is brought back on a penalty, this time an illegal motion on Patterson. Brady and Edelman get the bounce-back for the Patriots with an 11-yard catch to get a first down. Edelman looks shaken up after the next play, landing right on his elbow after failing to hold on to a throw from Brady, but stays in the game. Gordon makes a nice snag on a slightly tipped pass by Brady to get another first. Michel gets yet another first with a solid run around some tight blocking.
It gets interesting on the next series. Brady lofts it to the corner of the end zone for Gronkowski, but the throw is a little low and could've been picked off by Jamal Adams - but Gronk prevents the interception by tipping the ball to the ground. They try the same play on the next snap, but this time it's incomplete out of bounds. Stephen Gostkowski is good from 35 yards and the Patriots take their first lead, 10-7.
Inconsistency on offense for the Patriots, who continue to rack up the penalties. But they're still able to make some explosive plays as they have all half, and they have looked close to clicking for most of the game so far.
-- Q1, 8:57: Left tackle Trent Brown sets a poor tone for the Patriots' next drive, committing a holding penalty to negate what would've been a 25-yard gain for Sony Michel. It only gets worse for Brown, who gets another holding call on third-and-7. But the Jets accept a chop block call on David Andrews on the same play, which forces third-and-18. Brady's throw to White is a little high and the Patriots are forced to punt.
White may have been tackled well before the line to gain, anyway. A tough day for flags continues for the Patriots, who have seen a lot of yellow on both sides of the ball in the first half. The offense still looks better than other recent road games, though, and could get rolling if they clean up their discipline going forward.
-- Q1, 1:11: Josh Gordon sparks the Patriots on their next offensive drive with a 23-yard catch on the first play. Next snap, the Patriots fake a double-reverse and Chris Hogan is left wide open on a deep in-cut to make an easy 20-yard catch. After a four-yard run by Michel and short run by Cordarrelle Patterson on a reverse pitch, the Jets draw an offensive pass interference penalty on third down. Instead of declining the penalty to force fourth down, they accept it and the Patriots get another third-down opportunity. Brady makes them pay, lofting it to Gronkowski down the middle and into the end zone for the touchdown. Game is tied 7-7.
-- Q1, 4:02: Isaiah Crowell makes Elandon Roberts miss and curls around the right corner to pick up 19 yards on second-and-12. McCown follows that up with a short run on play-action, then an incompletion deep down the field intended for Kearse. Deatrich Wise goes too low as he tries to tackle McCown at the ankles, resulting in a roughing the passer penalty on third-and-7. The penalty proves costly, as McCown hits Kearse and he extends the football over the plane of the goal line for a touchdown. Extra point is good and it's 7-0 Jets.
Just an unacceptable penalty for Wise, whose roughing the passer flag wiped out what would've been a third-down stop for the Patriots defense. McCown is 8-for-10 for 82 yards and a touchdown so far, taking simple plays that are there and benefiting from the Patriots' subpar tackling to start the game. It looks like the Pats are in the midst of yet another slow start on the road.
-- Q1, 8:07: Sony Michel gets the ball three times in a row to start the Patriots' first drive of the game, and grinds out a first down. On the next play, Tom Brady hits an open Julian Edelman on a crossing route over the middle and he gallops for a 36-yard gain. But unfortunately, the drive stalls out from there. On third-and-10, Rob Gronkowski gets open at the sticks but Tom Brady is a hair too late with the throw and safety Jamal Adams has enough time to close on the tight end and break the pass up.
Both offenses have uneven starts. Brady is going to have to be a little quicker getting the ball to Gronk in situations like that last third down play, but on the bright side Gronk was able to get wide open. The Pats also managed to break off an explosive catch-and-run with Edelman. Third downs tough on both teams early.
-- Q1, 11:36: After the Patriots defense stuffs Isaiah Crowell for two short runs, Josh McCown converts the first down on third-and-7 with 17 yards to Jermaine Kearse. Elijah McGuire converts another first down, but it's called back due to a holding penalty. McCown airs it out on third-and-10 but it's out of bounds and no one's open.
Solid start for the Patriots defense. Hopefully third down (1-for-2 on first drive) won't be as much of an issue for this unit as it's been in other games.
-- Patriots win the opening coin toss and defer to the second half.