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Chris Price breaks down what this Patriots romp means in the AFC East

11.23.12 at 1:14 am ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD —’s Chris Price breaks down the Patriots’ 49-19 rout of the Jets on Thanksgiving night at MetLife Stadium. With the win, Price says the AFC East is all but in the possession of the Patriots.

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Mike Petraglia breaks down the Patriots Thanksgiving Day massacre of the Jets

11.23.12 at 1:03 am ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD — writer Mike Petraglia breaks down the 21-point scoring binge in 52 seconds that sparked the Patriots’ 49-19 rout of the Jets on Thanksgiving night at MetLife Stadium.

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Key Moment: Patriots score 21 points in 52 seconds against Jets

11.22.12 at 11:35 pm ET
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The key moment in the Patriots’ blowout win over the Jets Thursday was a 52-second moment in which New England scored 21 points. Excluding the extra points, it was a span of five plays in the second quarter that got them touchdowns from Shane Vereen, Steve Gregory and Julian Edelman, and helped them build the lead to 35-0.

The Pats began their rapid-fire scoring after Gregory recovered a Shonn Greene fumble to give New England the ball at their own 17 yard line. The offense took it from their, with Tom Brady dumping a swing pass to Vereen that the speedy back took to the house for an 83-yard touchdown. Bart Scott gave chase as Vereen took off, but it was clear early in the play that he was gone.

After a touchback on the kickoff and a Jets first done on a pass to Clyde Gates, Sanchez ran into Jets guard Brandon Moore, whom Vince Wilfork had pushed back into the quarterback, causing a fumble that Gregory scooped up and ran into the endzone.

The kickoff from Stephen Gostkowski yielded yet another fumble, as Devin McCourty forced Joe McKnight to commit the Jets’ third fumble in as many possessions. Edelman recovered it at the Jets’ 22 yard line and ran it back to give the Pats three touchdowns in 52 seconds.

The fumbles from Sanchez and McKnight made for just two of New York’s five fumbles (four of which were lost) on the day.

All of this came as part of a 35-point second quarter, as the teams concluded the first quarter scoreless. The teams hit the half with the Pats leading, 35-3, and the closest the game would get was when the Jets made it 35-12 in the third quarter.

Snap Judgments: Patriots crush Jets behind second-quarter explosion

11.22.12 at 11:34 pm ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD — The Patriots were in control of this one from start to finish, as they crushed the Jets, 49-19 , on Thursday night. New England used a 21-point explosion in the second quarter — where it scored an offensive, defensive and special teams touchdown — to come away with the thunderous win. The Patriots move to 8-3 on the season and 4-0 in the division, while the Jets are now 4-7 and 2-3 in the division.


‘€¢Pretty much everything. New England depantsed it’s traditional divisional rival on a national stage, and fundamentally ended the division race. (At the end of this weekend, the worst the Patriots can do is be up by three games with five to play.)

‘€¢After a slow start — which ended with a scoreless first quarter — the Patriots were again able to control all three facets of the game, posting some impressive drives on offense, forcing five takeaways on defense and limiting the Jets when it came to special teams. Tom Brady played midway into the fourth quarter, and ended with an impressive 18-for-28 night, complete with 323 passing yards and three touchdowns before being replaced by Ryan Mallett. Overall, it was a sharp, efficient and impressive night for the quarterback

‘€¢The craziness began In the second quarter with just under 10 minutes until the end of the first half. With the Patriots up 7-0, Brady hit Shane Vereen for an 83-yard touchdown pass with 9:56 left in the quarter. On New York’s second play from scrimmage after the kickoff, New York quarterback Mark Sanchez fumbled the football after running into one of his offensive linemen, and Steve Gregory ran it back for a touchdown. And on the ensuing kickoff, New York’s Joe McKnight fumbled the ball away to Julian Edelman, who ran it back for a touchdown. Twenty-one points in 52 seconds, which effectively ended the game.

‘€¢Gregory had a terrific first half. He picked off one pass (his second of the season) and came away with a pair of fumbles (one of which he returned for a touchdown). Despite the fact that Patrick Chung was active for the first time since Oct. 14, the Patriots went with the combination of Devin McCourty and Gregory at safety, and the two appeared to work quite well together. While Chung got some reps over the course of the evening, it will be interesting to see how the snaps are doled out going forward.


‘€¢The Patriots lost wide receiver Julian Edelman to a head injury after he collided with New York defensive back LaRon Landry in the third quarter. Edelman was clearly wobbly after the hit and left for the rest of the evening after the play. For someone who has been dogged by injury for much of the season, his situation certainly bears watching going forward.

‘€¢This is relatively minor given the final score, but Stephen Gostkowski missed a 39-yard field goal in the first half when he hooked the kick wide left.

Third-quarter notes: Patriots 35, Jets 12

11.22.12 at 10:52 pm ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD — The third quarter is complete here at MetLife Stadium, and the Patriots remain in control, holding a 35-12 edge.

‘€¢The Jets were unable to do anything with their first possession of the second half. Meanwhile, the Patriots crossed into New York territory on their first drive of the quarter, but Julian Edelman coughed it up on a nasty hit from New York safety LaRon Landry. (The tunrnover sparked more “Te-bow” chants, but Rex Ryan and the Jets did not oblige.) The hit was severe enough for New England to remove Edelman from the game — the team later announced that he had a head injury, and his return was questionable.

‘€¢Following the Patriots turnover, New York sent more fans for the parking lots when they got all the way down to the New England 1-yard line, but couldn’t punch it in midway through the third quarter. The Jets got their first real break of the night after the Patriots took over when running back Stevan Ridley was called for a chop block on a pass play where Brady was dropping back to pass while he was in the end zone, drawing a safety and cutting New England’s lead to 35-5.

‘€¢The Jets got their first touchdown of the night after the Patriots punted to them following the safety. Bilal Powell had a 4-yard touchdown run at the end of a relatively uneventful four-play, 71-yard drive that made the score 35-12 with 4:41 remaining in the third quarter.

Mark Sanchez gives new meaning to butt-end

11.22.12 at 10:24 pm ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD — Midway through the second quarter, with the Jets already down 14-0, Mark Sanchez tried to slide on a scramble near the line of scrimmage.

What happened next will go into NFL lore as one of the most humorous gaffes ever committed by a quarterback.

As he was going to the ground, he ran face-first into the rear end of his own lineman – Brandon Moore – and fumbled the ball. Steve Gregory scooped up the fumbled and ran 32 yards for the touchdown.

“I was thinking a different play in my head, just a mental error there,” Sanchez said of his aborted handoff. “So, as soon as I realized there was nobody to hand it to, I started to run to toward the line and tried to cover it up and just get down, and I slid right into Brandon Moore. That was kind of an unfortunate deal there. I’m not a big believer in luck but that was pretty unlucky. It was really too bad.”

On the ensuing kickoff, Joe McKnight fumbled the kickoff when Devin McCourty delivered a crushing hit. The ball popped up in the air and was hauled down by Julian Edelman, who returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. 

But the head-into-butt moment will be the defining moment of a disastrous season for the Jets and perhaps Sanchez’ career.

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Second-quarter notes: Patriots 35, Jets 3

11.22.12 at 9:56 pm ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD — The Patriots have taken command of this one with 35 second-quarter points — including 21 in 52 seconds — on the way to a 35-3 halftime lead on their division rivals. Here are a few quick halftime notes:

‘€¢It was a big quarter for safety Steve Gregory. The Patriots got on the board first with 14:54 left in the second quarter when Tom Brady found Wes Welker for a three-yard touchdown pass. That put the capper on a 15-play, 84-yard drive that started after New England’s first takeaway of the game, an interception by Gregory late in the first quarter.

‘€¢Gregory accounted for another takeaway on New York’s first drive of the second quarter. Again, the Jets had driven into New England territory — this time, they were at the Patriots’ 31-yard line — but fumbled the ball away after going for it on 4th and less than a yard. The ball was knocked away, and Gregory came away with it again at the New England 17.

‘€¢Following that turnover, the Patriots took an immediate shot at the end zone when Brady connected with Shane Vereen on an 83-yard touchdown pass, their best-executed play of the first half. Vereen accounted for the bulk of the yardage, as the quarterback found him with a swing pass and he darted down the New England sideline for the score to make it 14-0 with 9:43 left in the first half.

‘€¢That’s when the nuttiness began: On the first play from scrimmage on the following drive, Mark Sanchez botched a handoff, and then ran directly into the backside of offensive linemen Brandon Moore. Flattened, he dropped to the ground and dropped the ball. Gregory picked up up again and dashed 32 yards to the end zone for the score, making it 21-0 with 9:00 left in the second quarter.

‘€¢It only got worst for the Jets — on the ensuing kickoff, Joe McKnight was popped by Devin McCourty and coughed up the football. Julian Edelman plucked it out of midair and ran it back 22 yards for ANOTHER touchdown to make it 28-0. That prompted the MetLife crowd to start chanting for backup quarterback Tim Tebow.

‘€¢There was no Tebow, but following a Jets punt, the Patriots put the capper on the half with a four-play, 73-yard drive that ended with a 56-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Edelman where wide receiver was able to sneak neatly behind the Jets defense and safety LaRon Landry and haul in the deep ball to make it an unfathomable 35-0 late in the second quarter.

‘€¢The Jets got their first points of the game at the end of the second quarter when Nick Folk connected on a 32-yard field goal that brought Bronx cheers from the Jets’ faithful.

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