FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There was no game-saving interception, and no game-winning touchdown catch, either. Nothing spectacular for cornerback Darrelle Revis in his first game against the Jets as a member of the Patriots team he once loathed.
Just a good, solid game and a big-time pass breakup when the Patriots needed it most in crunch time of the fourth quarter. And, of course, a hard-fought 27-25 win over the Jets at Gillette Stadium.
"The only thing to focus about is us getting the win today," said Revis, who signed a two-year, $32-million deal with the Patriots in the offseason after being rebuffed by the Jets on a short-term megabucks deal. "It was a tough game for us, and it came down to the end. Good teams win these tough games like this. We stuck in there as a team and we fought strong today."
Revis played almost exclusively against the Jets' No. 1 receiver, Eric Decker, and did a good job of keeping him in check. Decker finished with four catches for 65 yards and no touchdowns.
Revis was at his best in the fourth quarter, when he broke up a pass intended for Decker on third-and-4 from the Jets' 16. The Jets were forced to punt, and Ryan Quigley's 30-yard kick gave the Patriots excellent field position at the Jets' 46. Tom Brady then threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola to give the Patriots a 27-19 lead.
Geno Smith threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland with 2:31 remaining to bring the Jets within 27-25, but his two-point conversion pass to Jace Amaro fell incomplete. The Patriots sealed the win when they blocked Nick Folk's 58-yard field-goal attempt with no time left on the clock.
"This is a historical rivalry," said Revis, who once called Bill Belichick a "jerk" when the cornerback played for the Jets. "It's been going on for years and years, and it will probably continue to keep on being a rivalry. You just never know what you're going to get in these types of games, and they're always tough."
Revis said he didn't take any extra motivation from playing the Jets. It wasn't personal.
"No, a win is a win," he said. "I'm excited for this team. We're 5-2. The main goal for us was to win this game and be first in the [division], and we accomplished that as a team."
There was talk that Revis was anxious to be involved in the offense and possibly line up in the red zone. But with the outcome in doubt until the very end, Revis didn't make any appearances on offense.
No problem. All that mattered was the final score.
"It's just football to me," he said. "It doesn't make any difference. An away game is an away game and a home game is a home game with a rivalry. It doesn't matter where you play. Same thing."