Jets safety LaRon Landry says: 'We blew it'
FOXBORO, Mass. -- In the aftermath of the Jets' 29-26 overtime loss to the Patriots, LaRon Landry had a message for Tom Brady and the rest of his team.
"We blew it. They didn't do anything special," the Jets safety said. "They didn't create anything. We let them have it. We didn't execute. We could have created the win, but we gave it away in the final seconds. It hurts, but they didn't do anything special . . . at all."
Landry was part of a Jets defense that generally did an exceptional job of shutting down Brady's high-powered offense. At least until the end. But after the Jets took a 26-23 lead on Nick Folk's 43-yard field goal with 1:37 to play, Brady marched the Patriots for the tying field goal with no time left in regulation. And on his first drive in overtime, Brady led a 54-yard drive that resulted in Stephen Gostkowski's 48-yard field goal, which became the game-winner when the Jets couldn't match it.
"It hurts," said Landry, whose defense allowed just two touchdowns to the Patriots before Brady's late-game heroics. "All the work we put in throughout the whole game, and it's coming down to the last seconds, and we blew it. All we had to do was get off the field and not let them march down the field. We shouldn't have given them the opportunity at the end [of regulation] and in overtime. We could have stopped that."
Instead, Brady was able to pick apart the Jets at the end, taking over at the Patriots' 21 with 1:32 to play and getting to the Jets' 25 on short passes, mostly down the middle of the field, to tight end Rob Gronkowski and running back Danny Woodhead. Gostkowski tied it with a 43-yard field goal with no time left on the clock.
In overtime, Brady drove New England from its 16 with a 12-play, 54-yard drive, spraying the ball around to Wes Welker, Woodhead and tight end Aaron Hernandez before Gostkowski kicked his 48-yarder to put the Patriots ahead 29-26. The Jets then were stopped on the ensuing drive as Mark Sanchez was sacked and fumbled at his 28.
"We definitely had a chance, but you have to play everything out to the end and it just wasn't our day today," said cornerback Kyle Wilson, who was assessed a pass-interference penalty on Hernandez on a third-and-7 from the Patriots' 44 that kept the winning drive alive.
Wilson said he didn't think he committed the penalty. "Obviously, I didn't think I fouled him. I've fouled people before, but I didn't think I fouled him."
The Jets were able to frustrate Brady and his no-huddle offense, which churned out 381 yards but couldn't come up big on the scoreboard. Antonio Cromartie was used primarily on the left side, covering whichever receiver or tight end came his way, and Wilson was on the right, usually defending wide receiver Brandon Lloyd or Deion Branch. Nickel back Isaiah Trufant took the job of defending Welker, usually the responsibility of Darrelle Revis, who is out for the season with a knee injury. Trufant did a solid job, holding Welker to 66 yards on six catches.
"We had great flashes throughout the game, but we didn't finish," Landry said. "That's what it's all about, playing four quarters and overtime. We just have to finish it and we didn't."