The Jets may not have won the game, but they sure fought till the end.
Down 23-13 in the fourth quarter Mark Sanchez led a comeback and New York even took the lead.
Nick Folk connected on a 43-yard field goal to tie it with two minutes remaining. On the ensuing kickoff Devin McCourty fumbled the ball and the Jets recovered it. They had all the momentum in the world on their side, but were unable to get in the end zone. Folk booted another 43-yard field goal and the Jets were up 26-23.
Then Tom Brady went to work. He did exactly what we’ve seen him do time and time again and put the Patriots in a position to kick a game-tying field goal. Stephen Gostkowski knocked down a 43-yarder and sent the game to overtime.
New England received the opening kickoff, drove down the field and took back the lead on Gostkowski’s 48-yard field goal to make it 29-26. The Jets needed a field goal to extend the game or a touchdown to win it, but on second and ten from their own 40-yard line Sanchez dropped back and was hit hard by Rob Ninkovich and Jermaine Cunningham. He fumbled the ball, the Patriots recovered and the game was over.
The Jets went punch for punch with the Patriots, but in the end it came down to who made more mistakes. Sanchez turned the ball over twice while Brady finished with zero turnovers.
The Jets’ quarterback still had a great game throwing for 328 yards on 28 of 41 attempts. Jeremy Kerley was his go-to guy catching seven balls for 120 yards and Dustin Keller added 93 yards on seven catches and a touchdown.
This one is tough to swallow. They never like losing to the Patriots, especially when they have a lead late in the game. Now one game under .500 they’ll have to rebound quickly for another division game against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.
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Written by Matt Brody