The Jets-Patriots game score in December was 45-3. Therefore, the Jets-Patriots game score yesterday was expected to be half as lopsided at best. New York needed a last second comeback to beat Indianapolis, so they didn’t appear ready to beat New England yet. In addition, they had baited the AFC top seed so much last week, it appeared inevitable that they would pay for it. After all, New England has a history of destroying loud mouth teams, as they did to New York weeks ago. Yet, this time, the score wasn’t 45-3 New England, but rather 28-21 New York.
Things looked ready to go as expected, as the hosts drove down the field on their first drive. However, Tom Brady then did something he hadn’t done in months – throw an interception. On their next drive, they had to settle for a field goal, after Alge Crumpler dropped a touchdown in the end zone.
The Jets-Patriots game could have easily gotten out of hand early. Yet, thanks to those breaks, the visitors were inspired to rise back up. Brady didn’t threaten them again in the first half, as the New York offense got going themselves.
LaDainian Tomlinson got the first touchdown on a 7-yard reception in the second. Then, after a fake punt failed, the Jets got a late strike on a Braylon Edwards catch and run. Once the second half started, Brady still couldn’t get going, unlike in early December.
However, the game looked set to finally go New England’s way late in the third. Brady finally put a drive together, as Crumpler finally got a touchdown, and Sammy Morris then ran for a two-point conversion. Going into the fourth, it appeared that the sleeping giant had woken up, and that they would roll through as always.
Yet for all of New England’s experience, their recent playoff resume has been ugly. Meanwhile, New York actually knows how to win in January lately. Therefore, Mark Sanchez responded with his own big drive, complete with Santonio Holmes’ latest outstretched playoff TD catch.
After the score went up to 21-11 New York, the impossible now looked probable. New England could only get a field goal, and a failed onside kick was returned by Antonio Cromartie into field goal range. But Shonn Greene went for the touchdown with under two minutes left, and a garbage time touchdown from Brady came too late.
The 28-21 win sent shockwaves through the NFL playoffs, and through all those who didn’t believe in Rex Ryan. His talk, and that of his team, was expected to get them slaughtered, yet the heavy favorites looked outmatched instead.
The Jets-Patriots game was another blow to New England’s recent playoff reputation – and another case for New York’s clutch play in January. Yet they are only missing a Super Bowl berth, which they can claim in Pittsburgh next Sunday.
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