Originally posted on Patriots Extra  |  Last updated 11/24/12
If there's one person New England Patriots fans should be thankful for, it's Mark Sanchez.  The Jets' inept quarterback had a holiday that he'd like to forget, as the former fifth overall pick bumbled his way around in a laughably bad performance that had Jets fans clamoring for Tebow Time.  Unfortunately (or fortunately) for Jets fans, Tebow never saw the field, and Sanchez and the pathetic Jets offense mustered just 19 points, including a garbage-time touchdown with just 2:21 left on the clock.  While the Jets' own mistakes did them in, the Patriots operated like a well-oiled machine in Bill Belichick's 200th career win.  Tom Brady completed 66 percent of his passes, including three touchdowns, in the team's first game without Rob Gronkowski.  The running game churned out 152 yards and got big plays from its two sophomore backs—Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley—as the offense executed an efficient performance.  And in another encouraging sign, the Patriots for...
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