The Patriots-Jets score was expected to be many things. However, if someone picked the Patriots-Jets score to be 45-3 New England, they would have been run out of town. Fans and experts could debate on which 9-2 team was better, but no one thought that one was 42 points better than the other. Although New York beat New England before, they couldn’t win by 42 in Foxboro, while New England’s days of 40+ point blowouts seemed to be over. Yet the score of the mega showdown proved that not all 9-2 teams are created equal.
New England marched the ball down on their first drive, but were held to a field goal. New York then drove as well, but missed their field goal chance. From then on in, the game soon got out of hand, as the much-lauded Jets defense had no answers.
The score became lopsided in the blink of an eye, as New England got a field goal and three touchdowns in their first four drives. All New York could muster was a field goal, as Mark Sanchez and company were shut down. Meanwhile, Tom Brady and company never got close to being stopped.
Up 24-3 at halftime, the Patriots didn’t let up in the second half. They mustered three more touchdowns, while New York couldn’t get any points of their own. By then, a viewing audience that expected the game of the year had tuned out.
Most thought the Patriots-Jets game would serve as a referendum on the AFC pecking order – but not like this. The vaunted New York defense was torn apart, while Tom Brady shredded the opposition like his 2007 self. Brady’s 21-for-29, 326-yard and four-touchdown night – complete with no interceptions again – may have been his MVP moment.
For the Jets, their last-second wins to beat Denver, Detroit, Cleveland and Houston are now seen in a new light. Despite being 9-2 coming in, they could have easily been at .500 or worse, and now that has become even clearer. After struggling to beat poor teams, and losing three games to contenders like the Ravens, Packers and Patriots – all after a long rest – New York’s Super Bowl hopes look more clouded.
While everyone will now call New York frauds and pretenders, they will be just as eager to hand New England their fourth Super Bowl title. Since the Patriots-Jets score was so one-sided, and since they have also beaten Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and San Diego this year, New England now has the best resume in football.
After shredding an acclaimed defense, the Patriots get to face another one in Chicago next week, while the Jets must recover against Miami.
Yahoo Sports- “Brady, Patriots rout Jets 45-3”