The Patriots escaped another devastating loss by coming back and beating the New York Jets 29-26 in overtime. The Patriots blew a ten point lead with under 6 minutes left, and we’re down a field goal with only a minute and forty two seconds left after Devin McCourty’s lost fumble on a kick return.
If there is anything good to come away from this game it’s the fact that Tom Brady finally had some clutch drives, and the defense finally made a play when called upon. After Brady led the
Patriots down the field at the end of regulation to tie the game with a Stephen Gostkowski 43 yard field goal, the Patriots won the overtime toss and were led down the field once again by Brady. Gostkowski was then able to kick a 48 yard go ahead field goal, and Patriots fans were once again biting their nails as the defense was called on to make a play and end the game.
The Patriots defense was able to finish the game with a strip sack and fumble recovery by linebacker Rob Ninkovich. On second and ten deep on the Jets side of the field, Jermaine Cunningham was able to create pressure and grab Sanchez by his feet as Ninkovich came up high and knocked the ball out as he tackled Sanchez. Ninkovich then made an athletic play, rolling on his back and then diving on the loose ball, promptly ending the game. Not the prettiest win by any regards, by I’ll take it.
Although Tom Brady and the Patriots offense were able to tie the game and put us in position to win in overtime, they had many chances to end the game in regulation. The Patriots were up 10 with the ball in the 4th quarter, and were unable to finish the deed.
The Patriots had a season low 387 total yards on offense. Although Tom Brady had 16 incompletions, there were at least 6 or 7 dropped passes, three by wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who was relatively quiet all day, finishing with a mere 1 reception for 6 yards. Although the numbers weren’t there today, it is obvious Brady and Lloyd’s chemistry is there because Lloyd could have easily topped 100 yards receiving if he caught the ball today.
Another good sign was the sighting of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has been nursing a sore hip, and hasn’t had the production he had all year last season. Gronk had a huge game, capping it off with 6 catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Of the 6 receptions, 5 of them were on third down, and the 6th was a big catch to keep the Patriots last minute regulation drive alive. Hopefully Gronk’s hip is fully healed and he can go back to being his old dominating self.
The Patriots secondary once again showed that we can not trust them and we need to get better. Hopefully the Pats can use this win as motivation to get better. I will be looking for them to have a big game next week when they travel to London to face the Rams. As for now, well, I’ll take the W.