To say the New York Jets were not celebrating the holiday last night is an understatement. For one quarter they were neck and neck with the New England Patriots but after that it was all downhill.
On the first play of the second quarter Tom Brady connected with Wes Welker for the first score of the game. Then it got bad. In under a minute of game time Shane Vereen scored on an 83-yard catch and run, Mark Sanchez fumbled a ball which was returned for a touchdown, and then Joe McKnight coughed up the ball on the ensuing kickoff and Julian Edelman easily ran into the end zone.
The Patriots added another touchdown when Brady tossed it to Edelman for 56 yards and just like that it was 35-0.
The Jets along with every person in the stadium was stunned. What had just happened was baffling. The Jets dug themselves into a hole that was unimaginable.
A five touchdown deficit is pretty demoralizing, but the way in which it happened, especially against their rivals, was just too much to handle for New York. The teams exchanged a couple of touchdowns each in the second half finishing with a score of 49-19, but the Jets and what fans were left in the stands were just not into it.
Turnovers can kill a team and that was proven once again last night. The Jets turned the ball over five times, including an interception and fumble by Sanchez. This is a tough one to swallow not only because it was against the Patriots but because New York came into the game feeling they could get a win. This was not the Jets best Thanksgiving.
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Written by Matt Brody