The Jets completely embarrassed themselves in the first half of their Thanksgiving contest against the New England Patriots with four turn-overs helping create a more than disappointing first half. This is a complete and utter nightmare for Rex Ryan as the Jets’ coach seemingly ranks his games against the Pats right up there with the Super Bowl.
Both teams had to settle for goose eggs on the scoreboard after a quarter of play but New England capitalized on New York’s blunders and the Patriots scored five touchdowns in the second half; three of them were within 52 seconds of playing time.
The first score of the game came just after the start of the second quarter when Brady connected with Wes Welker for a three yard pass into the end zone. Tom Brady found Shane Vereen for an 83 yard pass good for six points. This was the beginning of a scoring spree for the Pats.
Mark Sanchez literally ran into an offensive lineman which caused a fumble and ultimately led to a touchdown by defensive back Steve Gregory. The very next play for the Jets went sour when Devin McCourty forced a fumble on the kickoff which also led to a TD thanks to Julian Edelman.
Adding injury to insult, Tom Brady then connected with Edelman with just over three minutes to go in the second half of the game for the wide receiver’s second touchdown of the game.
The Jets used up the remaining time on the clock for the half but came up a little short with just a field goal.
The Patriots took a 35-3 lead into the locker room and you can bet the Jets players got an earful from Ryan during their break.
Where is Tim Tebow? Even the NBC commentators thought that it was time to pull the trigger and give him a chance. Mark Sanchez has certainly had plenty of opportunity to kick it into high gear and the first half of this game did not exactly exemplify a confident leader.
The Jets were determined to show some heart and come back and fight while the Patriots were not planning on letting up. Coach Belichick is a strong believer in pushing forward and never underestimating a comeback on any level.
Edelmen was on a good run for the Pats when he took a nasty helmet to helmet hit by safety LaRon Landry. The collision led to a fumble and a Jets recovery.
Gregory forced a Jets fumble but New York was fortunate enough to land on the ball.
The next play was a pass from Sanchez to Chaz Schilens in the end zone but the officials ruled it an incomplete pass. After review the officials concluded that Schilens used the ground to control the ball so the call was confirmed.
First and goal at the three yard line and the Pats would not allow the Jets to run the ball in. Second and goal and Sanchez’s pass was spoiled by Harrington. Third and goal and Sanchez attempted to run the ball into the end zone himself just to get knocked down inside the one yard line. Fourth down and goal and the Jets could not get the job done. The Patriots stuffed them inside the one yard line. Come on … isn’t it Tebow time yet?
The Patriots gave a couple of points to New York on the next play thanks to a chop block by the New England offensive linemen. The safety brought the score to 35-5; hardly a comeback in the making at this point.
No Tebow in sight and Sanchez worked his way down the field connecting for thirty-nine yards with Jeff Cumberland and then a decent run by Powell. A quick pass to Kerley brought the Jets within nine yards of the goal line. A holding call against the Pats pushed the Jets even closer which led to a run by Powell into the end zone for six points.
So with just over four and a half minutes left in the third quarter, the Jets have scored twelve consecutive points against New England and just may pose a viable threat in this game after all.
Just when things were becoming uneventful, a completed pass for a touchdown was spoiled by Hernandez pushing off and prompting a pass interference call. A couple of quick passes, a short run complimented by a quarterback sneak and the Patriots increased their lead once again.
The Jets facing a thirty point deficit at this point handed the ball back over to the Patriots when Alfonzo Dennard stripped the ball from Schilens. Brady completed a pass on the next play and then Ridley ran the ball in for another touchdown. No mercy? The answer is no.
The Jets eventually put up more numbers on the scoreboard when Sanchez connected with Keller for a touchdown just before the two minute warning. After a successful extra point attempt, the score graduated to 49-19 which turned out to be the final tally for the night.
Sanchez finished the game out and the announcers shared that Tim Tebow may not have been called upon due to sore ribs.
This marks the fifth straight win for the Patriots who certainly have a lot to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving evening. There were three players of the game as Tom Brady, Steve Gregory and Vince Wilfork shared the honor Thursday night.
For the Jets, it’s back to the drawing board apparently.