New England Patriots

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots passes the ball against the New York Jets in the first quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots got back in the win column in convincing fashion on Sunday, blowing out the New York Jets by a 54-13 final. Scroll down for a recap of the highlights of the game.

  • Q4, 2:00: Myles Bryant forces the fumble

    The Patriots quickly got the ball back after Myles Bryant forced a fumble. The fill-in cornerback had a bit of a shaky start, but has settled in and just put the cherry on top of a blowout win.

    The Patriots will kneel it out from here.

  • Q4, 3:02: Patriots cross the 50-point mark

    The Jets can’t even stop Brian Hoyer. A long completion down the field to N’Keal Harry helped set up the team’s seventh touchdown of the day, their fourth pounded in from the goal line. Taylor scored this one for his second of the game. It’s 54-13 Patriots and it’s been time to warm up the buses.

  • Q4, 9:10: Patriots threatening to serve up a 50-burger

    The Patriots are a field goal away from hitting 50 points on the afternoon. They’ve scored their sixth touchdown of the game, their third of the day pounded in from the goal line. This time, it’s J.J. Taylor picking up his first career TD.

    On the drive, Mac Jones completed a 46-yard pass to Kendrick Bourne, which put him over 300 passing yards on the day.

  • Q4, 13:29: Patriots pile on

    The Pats are up three touchdowns in the fourth quarter … and just keep coming. Another touchdown, the second of the game for Damien Harris, to give them a 41-13 lead. The Jets are toast today, as long as the Pats keep moving the ball the way they are today.

  • Q3, 1:08: Another INT for the Patriots

    J.C. Jackson just joined in on the fun. The cornerback picked off Miek White’s pass attempt intended for Elijah Moore to get the Patriots the ball back with solid field position.

  • Q3, 2:11: Patriots forced to punt

    The Patriots have finally punted for the first time in the game. Mac Jones has to escape the pocket on third down, but can’t hit Hunter Henry accurately on the run, so Jake Bailey has to come out. Jets get the ball back and will start their next drive at their own 33, after the Patriots’ Brandon King was hit with a flag for unnecessary roughness.

  • Q3, 4:16: Dugger makes the interception

    Safety Kyle Dugger has an interception in two straight games, barely picking off Mike White on a throw over the head of tight end Ryan Griffin. Dugger barely picked the ball off before hitting the turf. The play has a chance to make up for his pass interference penalty earlier in the game that set up a Jets touchdown.

  • Q3, 7:03: Patriots get three more points

    The Patriots had another promising drive, but this one stalls out. They tried another trick play out of the Wildcat, but Jones bailed on it and threw the ball away. Two plays later, Jones takes a sack against an unblocked Del’Shawn Phillips. So the Pats have to settle for another Nick Folk field goal. They’re back up three touchdowns after the drive, 34-13.

  • Q3: Jets start second half with touchdown

    Another pass interference flag against the Patriots has helped set up another New York touchdown.

    The Jets picked up gains of 17 and 25 yards on consecutive plays to get into field goal range. New England was able to get them into a third-down situation, but a pass interference flag against Jalen Mills gave them a fresh set of downs. On the next play, Jets rookie wideout Elijah Moore takes the reverse for a 19-yard touchdown.

    Down four scores, the Jets decided to go for two, but Lawrence Guy was there to make the tackle. So it’s still 31-13 Patriots.

  • Injury Updates: Wilson, Smith, Langi all out

    The Jets officially have to play the rest of the game without quarterback Zach Wilson. It’s Mike White’s game from here on out.

    The Patriots, meanwhile, have also ruled two players out: tight end Jonnu Smith (shoulder) and linebacker Harvey Langi (knee).

  • Q2, 0:27: Patriots grab late touchdown

    After kneeling out the clock in the first half last week against the Cowboys, the Patriots go 72 yards in 11 plays and score another touchdown with just 27 seconds left in the half. Mac Jones lofted a touch-pass to Hunter Henry, who made a nifty grab to hold onto the ball as he went to the turf. It’s now 31-7 Patriots with halftime coming up.

  • Q2, 5:24: Another touchdown for the Patriots

    The Patriots went 73 yards in 12 plays to retake a 17-point lead. It’s now 24-7.

    Mac Jones dropped one in the bucket, with pressure in his face, to Brandon Bolden for a 15-yard touchdown.

  • Q2, 10:39: Jets are on the board

    The Jets looked to be in trouble after a false start backed them up five yards on second down at the goal line. But Mike White was able to find Corey Davis in the back of the end zone for the touchdown on third-and-6, and so the Patriots’ lead is now cut to 17-7.

    Davis made a nice catch over the Patriots’ Jalen Mills on the play. Meanwhile, it looks like White could be in the game for a while, because Wilson is heading to the locker room. He is questionable to return with a knee injury.

  • Q2, 12:31: Zach Wilson, Devin McCourty hurt on same play

    Zach Wilson was slow to get up and walk off the field on a play in which he took a hard hit from the Patriots’ Matt Judon, and Patriots safety Devin McCourty appeared to be shaken up on the play as well after running to the end zone and nearly making an interception. Kyle Dugger committed a pass interference penalty on the play to set up the Jets at the 1, with Mike White coming in to replace Wilson.

  • Q2, 14:10: Patriots extend lead

    Nick Folk is good from 39 yards to give the Patriots a 17-0 lead. Unfortunately, Mac Jones’ third-down pass attempt for Hunter Henry sailed wide. But the Patriots’ kicker was able to accomplish what the Jets’ could not.

    Earlier on this drive, diminutive running back J.J. Taylor scampered for a nice gain after sneaking under a defender.

  • END Q1: Patriots 14, Jets 0.

    Overall, an excellent start for the Patriots in all three phases. The Jets threatened for a moment on their second offensive drive, as they took advantage of the Pats’ depth issues at cornerback. But that’s really the only nitpick for New England, who have played fine complementary football to start this thing off.

  • Q1, 1:48: Jets come up empty after promising drive

    Zach Wilson and the Jets threatened to make their first counter-punch against the Patriots, but kicker Matt Ammendola’s 48-yard attempt is no good. The Patriots still lead 14-0 after bending without breaking.

  • Q1, 7:21: Patriots take 14-0 lead behind Harris

    Damien Harris got the ball on five out of seven plays, and finished off the Patriots’ second offensive drive with a rushing touchdown from inside the 1. It’s 14-0 Patriots and they are playing good complementary football to start this game.

  • Q1, 10:47: Patriots force early three-and-out

    Zach Wilson’s first drive did not go well. On third-and-7, cornerback Myles Bryant brings him down on the delayed corner blitz. A strong start for the Patriots in all three phases, as they’ve also gotten two solid returns out of Gunner Olszewski.

  • Q1, 12:43: Patriots score first with some trickery

    The Patriots just drew first blood, and they did it with yet another trick play. This time it was Kendrick Bourne executing the double-pass to Nelson Agholor for a 25-yard touchdown. The Jets deferred their choice to the second half after winning the coin toss, so it was good for the Patriots to cash in on getting the ball first. Now they can make Zach Wilson play from behind.

  • Starting Offensive Line Set

    Here’s the Patriots’ starting offensive line to begin the game, based on warmups:

    LT Isaiah Wynn
    LG Ted Karras
    C David Andrews
    RG Shaq Mason
    RT Mike Onwenu

    Mason returns after missing two games, which slides Karras, who’s been a fine fill-in, over to left guard. Onwenu takes over at right tackle, where he played for much of his rookie season. Yodny Cajuste and Justin Herron are relegated to backup duties after starting for two weeks.

  • Dont'a Hightower out for Patriots

    The Patriots will be without Dont’a Hightower (elbow/ankle), who missed practice on Wednesday and Friday. At running back, J.J. Taylor steps into the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the past two weeks, while rookie Rhamondre Stevenson is inactive. Guard Shaq Mason (abdomen) is active for the first time since Week 4.

    As for the Jets, they’ll be without linebacker C.J. Mosley (hamstring). Mosley didn’t practice all week, and was listed as ‘doubtful’ on Friday, despite his status being described as a ‘game-time decision.’ The Alabama product was one of the Jets’ best defenders in the Week 2 matchup, especially against the run.

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