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New England Patriots
New York Jets
For the fourth time in just seven games, the Patriots nearly blew another fourth-quarter lead.
And for the first time all season, the team found a way to close in crunch time.
As ugly as it could have been, Tom Brady made sure the Pats avoided their fourth loss of the season and their place atop the AFC East.
After struggling to get anything going in the fourth quarter, Brady engineered two signature drives, one coming with less 1:37 left and the other in overtime.
Although they had to settle for field goals in both situations, the defense ended up pulling through when it mattered most, as linebacker Rob Ninkovich and Jermaine Cunningham teamed up for a game-ending strip-sack of Mark Sanchez.
Though there are still plenty of areas of concern—namely the pass defense and the Brady-Brandon Lloyd connection—the Patriots have to be happy about escaping with a 29-29 victory over their most bitter rival.
Let’s take a look at this week’s risers and fallers.
BEST OF MAXIM
ESPNBoston, Mike ReissIn a celebratory postgame locker room, Bill Belichick referred to defensive end/linebacker Rob Ninkovich as the "Jet Killer" because he once again came up big against the Jets. Ninkovich had two interceptions in a game against the Jets last season, and one thing that stood out from watching him Sunday -- when he came up big on the final play of overtime...
Rob Ninkovich made arguably the defensive play of the season, when he and fellow New England Patriot defender Jemaine Cunningham combined to bring down NY Jets QB Mark Sanchez, forcing a game ending overtime fumble in the process. Today, head coach Bill Belichick spoke about the game clinching play.Belichick and Ninkovich celebrate"It’s something that we talk about and work...
Jim Nantz had a "senior moment" in the booth in the waning moments of the Patriots win over the Jets.
CBS's lead play-by-play man was convinced that the Jets had beat the Patriots on Sunday night after Rob Ninkovich strip sacked Mark Sanchez to clinch the game for New England.
The usually flawless Nantz declared that it was a "stunner" and...
Rob Ninkovich knocked the ball out of Mark Sanchez's hand in overtime and lifted the New England Patriots into sole possession of first place in the AFC East.
The undersized defensive end got around right tackle Austin Howard and hit Sanchez high while Jermaine Cunningham got him low for a sack, sealing a 29-26 overtime victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
If you check Tom Brady's stat line from Sunday, you may be wondering what was wrong with the Patriots' future Hall of Fame quarterback, but to quote Bill Belichick, "stats are for losers." Well, some stats.
The Patriots' receivers dropped a season-high five passes against New York, which didn't do Brady's numbers any favors, nor did...
The Jets and Patriots duke it out like a couple of past-their-prime, journeyman boxers. The Bills avoid OT by giving up a game winning TD in the 4th.
Tom Brady and his New England teammates escaped Week 7 with an overtime victory over the Jets .. but that doesn't tell the whole story. Plus, Cam Newton is lame.
While it hurts to fathom, especially from the eyes of a New England native, Eli Manning is undoubtedly the best clutch quarterback going right now in the NFL.
Yes, Tom Brady led the Patriots to a comeback victory on Sunday over the hated Jets, but it marked the first time he had done so since the AFC title game last year against Baltimore. Most importantly, in...
WHAT DID HE SAY?
Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III has proved to be a very mature, highly savvy young man that belies his age and experience, both on the field and off of it. But if he’s anything like most people — which is arguable — RG3 probably cringed after recently taking part in an interview with [...]
The Patriots gained at least 350 yards for the 16th straight regular-season game, tying the St. Louis Rams of 1999-2000 for the most in NFL history. (Bottom of article)
A.B. Everyone in New England seems to be down on the Patriots right now. The local radio stations are filled with calls about Tom Brady being too old, Belichick losing touch, the horrible secondary and even...
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Devin
McCourty nearly fumbled away a win on Sunday night, literally. But without
McCourty in the lineup, the Patriots would have never been in a position to win
McCourty had as eventful a
day as you could expect from nearly any player in the NFL on Sunday, both good
and bad. But in the end, it was the good that outweighed all else...
In most professional sports leagues, and specifically the NFL, a term is often thrown around as follows: “A win is a win.” However, contrary to popular belief, that’s not all a win can be. Today’s 29-26 over time victory over the New York Jets can be filed under any or all of these categories: Scary. Alarming. Sobering. While any kind of win is better than a loss, this marks...
Joe Caporoso - 12 Pack
Chris Gross - Patriots 27, Jets 20- The Jets head into Foxboro coming off of a dominating performance against the young Indianapolis Colts at home. They face a New England team ranked 5th against the run with a very young and talented front 7, accompanied by an extremely explosive offensive unit. New York has been vastly improved over the past couple weeks...
People are starting to catch on to this game that the NFC West is playing with everybody. As soon as the talk arises of this division being the best in football, they combine to go 2-6 in two weeks.There are still three teams above .500, but after a couple of rough weeks, three teams are heading into this weekend as underdogs. All four squads are at their best with their backs against...