|First reaction: Jets 16, Pats 9 Postgame 9/20||09.20.09 at 5:03 pm ET|
Here are some of the early quotable comments following a 16-9 Jets win over the Patriots Sunday at the Meadowlands.
Bill Belichick: ”It’s a tough loss today, it always is in the division. Give the Jets credit. They just did a better job than we did today. I really don’t think there’s a whole lot more to say about it. They just outplayed us and out-coached us and just performed better than we did over the 60 minutes and I think that was pretty much the story of the game. We had our chances and we didn’t take advantage of them. They had their chances and they did. That’s why it ended up the way it did.”
“We didn’t do a good enough job.”
“I think we were ready to go. They just did a better job than we did.”
Tom Brady:”I don’t think the wristbands had anything to do with our execution.” Brady on receivers using wristbands to aid with no-huddle.
“I think Revis is a good player. I think Randy’s a great player. We’re not really firing on all cylinders right now.” Brady on offense.
“A lot of things are correctable. We had high expectations for this game.” Brady on the loss.
“We tried to go hurry-up the whole game. We had opportunities. That’s two weeks in a row that we weren’t very good in the red area.” Brady
Randy Moss: ”You’ve got to give credit when it’s due and they did a helluva job today.” Moss on the Jets win.
“At the end of the game, we kept going backwards.” Moss on the lack of a TD from the offense.
“They backed it up and you really have to commend those guys.” Moss on the Jets backing up their bravado this week. Read the rest of this entry »
|Snap judgments: Jets win, 16-9||09.20.09 at 4:08 pm ET|
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — On the strength of an excellent second-half effort, the Jets took a 16-9 win over the Patriots Sunday afternoon, stopping New England’s eight-game winning streak against New York at the Meadowlands.
After stumbling early, Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez finished 14-for-22 with 163 passing yards and one touchdown, while New York kicker Jay Feely had field goals from 33, 24 and 39 yards to account for most of the Jets’ scoring. Meanwhile, the New England offense was unable to find the end zone all day, setting for three Stephen Gostkowski field goals as its only offense. Tom Brady ended up 23-for-47 for 216 yards.
After a good first half — which resulted in a 9-3 lead — the Patriots defense had some serious breakdowns early in the second. The Jets connected for the first touchdown of the game in the first minute of the third quarter when Sanchez engineered a three-play, 56-yard drive that culminated with a9-yard pass to Dustin Keller to give New York its first lead of the day, 10-9, with 14:03 left in the third.
The Jets added to their lead with a third-quarter field goal and a fourth-quarter field goal to make it 16-9. The New York defense was able to make that stand up, as New England couldn’t produce a single sustainable sequence of football in the third or fourth quarter against the Jets. A final drive for New England with less than two minutes to go ended when a Brady pass for Joey Galloway fell incomplete on fourth down.
The Patriots looked to be in good shape early, as Sanchez struggled to go 3-for-5 for 15 yards in the first half. Meanwhile, Brady was able to go 15-for-27 for 150 yards over the fist two quarters.
But New England was unable to convert turnovers into touchdowns — including a Leon Washington fumble at the New York 15-yard line — settling for field goals instead of touchdowns. As a result, the Jets were able to hang around, and they made the Patriots pay in the second half.
|Jets go up 16-9||09.20.09 at 3:34 pm ET|
Jay Feely put the exclamation point on a 14-play, 63-yard drive by connecting on a 39-yard field goal to give New York a 16-7 lead with 9:48 left in the game.
|Jets go up 13-9||09.20.09 at 3:03 pm ET|
Jay Feely connects for a 24-yard field goal with 8:22 left in the third quarter to make it 13-9 Jets. The scoring drive? Glad you asked. Eleven plays, 49 yards, and it consumed 3:59.
|Jets take 10-9 lead||09.20.09 at 2:44 pm ET|
The Jets got the first touchdown of the afternoon with 13:57 left in the third when Mark Sanchez found Dustin Keller on a nine-yard scoring strike to make it 10-9, New York. It put the capper on a three-play, 56-yard scoring drive that consumed 1:03.
|Halftime analysis||09.20.09 at 2:42 pm ET|
The Patriots are offering multiple defensive looks throughout the first — they are shuttling guys on and off the field at the last possible second. They have done a good job keeping Mark Sanchez on his toes — New York has crossed the New England just once in the first half on a drive that ended with a 33-yard field goal from Jay Feely. Overall, Sanchez was 3-for-5 for 15 yards — the Jets’ passing game has been a non-factor.
The Patriots offense was able to move the ball fairly easily through the first half (they had scoring drives of nine and 14 plays), but were unable to convert on a couple of good opportunities, instead settling for a pair of field goals. (Two bad holding calls — one on Stephen Neal and one on Chris Baker — negated a pair of big gains in the first quarter drive that could have culminated with a touchdown, but ended up with a field goal.)
Offensive heroes for New England in the first half? Tom Brady was 15-for-27 for 150 yards and one interception. New York cornerback Darrelle Revis had the first-quarter pick on a ball for Randy Moss (3 catches, 16 yards) on a ball that was overthrown. Stephen Gostkowski connected easily on field goal attempts of 45, 25 and 29 yards.
Julian Edelman had his first reception of the regular season on a 10-yard bubble screen in the first quarter that looked an awful lot like the same play Wes Welker ran a half-million times over the last couple of seasons. Edelman also had a great catch and run on 29-yard reception over the middle early in the second quarter, and a 19-yard gain where he wriggled free from Jets defensive back Donald Strickland. He couldn’t come up with a Brady pass near the goal line with just over 11 minutes remaining in the half, but did end the first half with four catches for a game-high 60 yards.
Joey Galloway had good start with two early catches — his first two of the season – but it’s clear that there are still communication issues between the wide receiver and Brady. On a third-down pass attempt with just under nine minutes left in the first quarter, Brady delivered a pass, but Galloway was looking the other way. There was another miscommunication between the two on a second-quarter pass play, but a defensive penalty call took Galloway off the hook. (Galloway did end the half with really nice back-to-back receptions late, one a 12-yard gainer and the second an eight-yard reception. He ended the half with four receptions for 44 yards.)
|Pats make it 9-3||09.20.09 at 2:24 pm ET|
Stephen Gostkowski connected on his third field goal of the game — a 29-yarder — to make the score 9-3 with 17 seconds left in the first half.
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