Originally posted on Musket Fire  |  Last updated 11/22/11

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 20: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on September 20, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Julian Edelman had a big 72-yard punt return for a touchdown. The New England Patriots started off slow on offense and were down 3-0 in the first quarter. After the first quarter, it was all Patriots as they scored 34 unanswered points, the majority coming after halftime. The offense showed balance but tipped towards the running game, running 33 called run plays (subtracting two Brady scrambles) and 29 called pass plays (adding two Brady scrambles that were supposed to be passes). BenJarvus Green-Ellis had the bulk of the carries, running 20 times for 81 yards. Danny Woodhead and rookie Shane Vereen, seeing his first NFL carries, also chipped in. TE Rob Gronkowski was the star of the show, catching 4 passes for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns, including one where he was upended and landed awkwardly on his neck. He got up slowly before making his signature ball spike TD celebration. He didn’t miss any time due to the fall.As the score suggests, the defense also had its hand in the victory....
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