Week 13 Game Recap: New York Jets 3, New England Patriots 16
What you need to know
The Jets came up on the short end of every major statistical category in this game. The two categories they did win were kickoff return yardage – due largely to the fact they had five returns compared to two for the Patriots. – and penalty yardage, both teams were penalized seven times, but the Patriots were penalized for eight more yards. New York lost the total yardage battle 397 to 164, first downs 12 to 24, and time of possession 21:50 to 38:10.
However, the Jets did battle. The game was tied at three until Adam Vinatieri kicked a 34 yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the first half. And, despite the one-sided statistics, the Jets drove to the New England 19 midway through the fourth quarter. The Jets failed to convert a first down after a third and four pass to Laveranues Coles was incomplete (though Coles was clearly interfered with by rookie defensive back, Ellis Hobbs, the Jets did not get the call.) Had the Jets been able to convert the first down and reach the end zone on that pivotal drive, they would have trailed by only six points (assuming the extra point would have been successful). Instead, Brooks Bollinger incurred heavy pressure on fourth down and his desperate attempt to Coles fell incomplete, effectively sealing New York’s fate.
The Jets have now lost seven straight games and failed to score a touchdown in their fourth consecutive road game.
The Patriots started this contest having allowed at least 394 total yards in their previous eight games and possessing the second worst NFL ranking in both total defense and passing defense. Those rankings will improve as the Patriots held the Jets to 164 total yards and three points, dominating them in every important category: The Patriots doubled the Jets in first downs, outgained them by more than 200 yards, and won the time of possession battle by more than 16 minutes.
Tom Brady was his usual efficient self, finishing 27 of 37 with 271 passing yards. Brady spread the ball around to seven different receivers and led the offense on four straight scoring drives. The Patriots offense was bolstered by the return of three players from injury. Corey Dillon played for the first time in nearly three games. He finished with 65 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Kevin Faulk returned from a foot injury after missing eight games and added 35 rushing yards and 46 receiving yards on four catches. Three of Faulk’s catches converted third downs on scoring drives. Receiver David Givens also contributed five receptions for 27 yards after missing three games.
Heath Evans and Patrick Pass both missed this game with injuries.
The Patriots have now won ten consecutive games following a loss.
What you ought to know
Bollinger has led the Jets to exactly one touchdown in his last 44 possessions as a starter. That is an alarming statistic, but in his defense, it is not like the Jets were scoring many points with Vinny Testaverde and his zero touchdown passes at quarterback either. Bollinger who had a career best 251 passing yards (and that one touchdown) last week was under nearly constant pressure from the Patriot defense in this game. As a result, he was forced to rush many of his throws and his completion rate suffered.
Bollinger who had a career best 251 passing yards (and that one touchdown) last week was under nearly constant pressure from the Patriot defense in this game. As a result, he was forced to rush many of his throws and his completion rate suffered.
Bollinger’s fifteen completions were spread among seven different receivers. He almost hit pay dirt when he just barely overthrew Justin McCareins on a deep route into the end zone. Bollinger threw one interception on New York’s’ final possession; he tried to hit Laveranues Coles on a third and nine pass and the ball fluttered with hangtime reminiscent of a punt. Bollinger was not helped by the New York ground game, which totaled a paltry 41 yards rushing. Bollinger’s one rushing attempt was a 12 yard scramble for a first down and was New York’s longest run of the day.
Curtis Martin found few holes to run through and gained less than two yards per carry on his fifteen attempts. His long run went for five yards. Martin may be slowing down, but he is definitely a victim of the Jets’ offensive line play, which has suffered from injuries. Martin did contribute four receptions for the Jets. He also dropped a short pass.
Rookie Cedric Houston had an eleven yard reception on a third down and nine.
Sowell was targeted once unsuccessfully. He contributed both a tackle and an assist on special teams.
Coles was the Jets’ most targeted receiver and led them in receiving yards, though he totaled only 35 receiving yards. All of Coles’ receptions came after halftime.
Cotchery was coming off a career high 72 receiving yards in his sophomore season. His catches went for seven and nine yards. The seven yard reception moved the chains on a third and six play. His six targets indicate his involvement in the offense may be increasing down the stretch.
McCareins had only one four yard reception. He dropped a pass that was high and behind him; had he caught it, it would have been a great catch. McCareins was targeted deep down the sideline in the end zone, but the pass went just past his outstretched fingertips.
Jolley had receptions of 15 and eleven yards.
Dreessen, a rookie, had his career long reception on a catch and nifty run. The reception came on a play where Dreessen chip blocked a defensive lineman and then continued his route into the flat. The Jets ran the same play for Dreessen a few times: The first time, he was wide open, but he slipped and fell down as he was trying to get to the pass. Dreessen later dropped a pass that was high, but catchable.
Nugent had a 38 yard field goal on his only attempt. He did not have any extra point tries.
The Patriots ran for 146 yards on 35 carries, which is a 4.2 yards per carry average. Though those are not ideal statistics, the Jets did play frequently with five and six defensive backs in an effort to limit New England’s league leading passing attack. New York did hold the Patriots to one touchdown (a Corey Dillon one yard run) and did their best to keep the Jets in the game. Jonathan Vilma, the NFL’s leading tackler, had seven tackles and four assists.
The Jets gave up 170 passing yards in the first half and 271 overall. Tom Brady completed 27 of 37 attempts. New York avoided the big play, but the Patriots were successful in the short to intermediate passing game. The Jets were able to sack Brady twice, once by Bryan Thomas and Dewayne Robertson and once by John Abraham, who is now fifth on the Jets’ all-time sack list. However, the Jets did not sack Brady after the first quarter. Erik Coleman contributed eight tackles and five assists.
|QB Tom Brady, Pass: 27 - 37 - 271 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 19 - 0|
Brady started the game leading the NFL in passing yardage. He added 271 to that total while completing 73 percent of his passes to seven different receivers. Brady did not complete any touchdown passes, but led the Patriots on four scoring drives. He did not have any turnovers. He also added 19 yards rushing on four scrambles. Brady threw a pass behind an open Troy Brown in the end zone forcing the Patriots to kick their first field goal. That pass was an aberration, however, as Brady was sharp throughout the game.
|RB Corey Dillon, Rush: 16 - 65 - 1, Rec: 4 - 19 - 0 (5 targets)|
Dillon returned after sitting out nearly three games with a calf injury. He was rusty and looked slow in the first half, when he gained only 15 yards on six carries. After halftime Dillon was sharper and had 50 yards on ten attempts with a long gain of 14. Dillon had a one yard touchdown to cap the Patriots’ opening drive of the second half. He also contributed four receptions.
|RB Kevin Faulk, Rush: 10 - 35 - 0, Rec: 4 - 46 - 0 (4 targets)|
Faulk saw his first action in two months after suffering a foot injury. He contributed 35 yards on ten carries, though his long run of 13 yards came on a third and 36 play. Faulk did have a nine yard run negated by a holding penalty. Three of Faulk’s four receptions extended scoring drives on third downs. One of them was a particularly pretty catch at the sideline on a bullet from Brady; Faulk did a nice job of grabbing the pass and getting both feet inbounds. Faulk was credited with a fumble and a recovery on a six yard reception, but it appeared he never had control of the pass. Tom Brady quickly ran a sneak to prevent the Jets from challenging the play, however.
Cloud had an eventful week. He was released and then resigned a few days later, when Heath Evans and Patrick Pass were injured. Cloud had five consecutive carries at the end of the game. The majority of his yards came on a key 15 yard run on a third down and four carry that effectively allowed the Patriots to run out the clock.
Givens returned after missing three games with a knee injury and was the Patriots most targeted receiver. He had five short gains, the longest going for nine yards. Givens dropped one pass.
Branch had receptions of 12, 3, 13, 6, and 10 yards. Three of them resulted in first downs.
The versatile Brown led the Patriots in receiving yardage. He had catches of 10, 18, 14, 16, and six yards. Brown was stopped at the one yard line after the six yard catch, which set up Dillon’s touchdown run on the next play. Each of his other receptions netted first downs. Brown was open in the end zone on a third down play, but Brady threw the ball behind him and Brown could not make a one-handed grab. The Patriots had to settle for their first field goal.
Davis had receptions of 21 and six yards. Both resulted in first downs.
Watson had a 25 yard reception down the middle of the Jet defense. He later added an 18 yard grab. Watson was targeted on a play that resulted in a 22 yard pass interference penalty on Kerry Rhodes. He also dropped a pass.
Fauria was targeted once unsuccessfully.
Graham was inactive due to a shoulder injury.
Vinatieri missed his first field goal attempt from 45 yards. He rebounded and made each of his next three attempts (from 21, 34, and 22 yards) and added an extra point. Vinatieri became the Patriots’ all-time leading scorer (passing Gino Cappelletti’s team mark) with his second field goal.
The Patriots kept the Jets from establishing any kind of consistent rushing attack. New York’s long run came on a 12 yards scramble by quarterback Brooks Bollinger. The Patriots held Curtis Martin to 29 yards on 15 carries. Mike Vrabel led a balanced defensive effort with five tackles.
The NFL’s 31st ranked passing defense held Brooks Bollinger to 15 of 37 for 135 yards. The Jets’ longest completion went for 17 yards to rookie tight end Joel Dreessen. New England’s front seven put near constant pressure on Bollinger and forced him to hurry throws. Rosevelt Colvin and Jarvis Green had sacks. Ellis Hobbs added an interception for the only turnover of the game.
The Patriots might have shutout the Jets if not for a personal foul facemask penalty on Richard Seymour that negated a sack and forced fumble by Colvin. Two plays later, Mike Nugent kicked a 38 yard field goal to briefly tie the game.