Key Moment: Green-Ellis takes command down the stretch
|10.09.11 at 8:39 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The key moment in Sunday’s game came when the Patriots were able to put together an 11-play, 77-yard drive toward the end of the third quarter that allowed them to put some distance between themselves and the Jets in the second half, stretching the New England lead to 24-14.
On that sequence, the Patriots got 23 of the 77 yards from running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who finished the afternoon with 136 yards, his first 100-yard game of the season. They also got a 17-yard pickup from Rob Gronkowski, but it was Green-Ellis who carried the Patriots down the stretch. He had 85 yards in the second half, and allowed New England to engineer 11-play and 13-play drives to keep the clock moving and close out the game.
“When you get in those situations, you have to play situational football, and obviously, you don’t want to give them the ball back and give them a chance to go down and score, and we were kind of able to do that tonight,” Green-Ellis said. “That’s always a plus — we had a game where we weren’t able to finish with the ball in our hands. … We pride ourselves on being able to do that.
“You always want to be able to step up to the plate and knock it out of the park, and we were able to do those things,” he added. “But it’s not just an individual effort. It was all 11 guys out there. Nothing happens without those guys up front, and I think they did an extremely good job of allowing me to make reads and get cuts off those guys.”
“Benny, he’s a great guy to block for,” said offensive lineman Logan Mankins. “He’s going to read the play, he’s going to find the right hole, he’s not going to fumble. He’s going to do the right thing. He’s going to give you everything he’s got. He’s a great guy to block for.”
“The first thing you notice about him is that he works so hard,” said offensive lineman Brian Waters of Green-Ellis. “He tries to get every yard. He definitely has always run the ball the right way, and he always makes sure to give full effort to get every yard, and you can count on him finishing every run.”