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Live Blog: Patriots 45, Jets 3 - FINAL

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes celebrates after scoring

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes celebrates after scoring a touchdown. Credit: AP

Analysis: I don't if a team could've fallen on its face any harder than the Jets did tonight. The Jets were terrible on offense, defense and special teams. Ex-Jet Danny Woodhead made his former team pay, catching four passes for 104 yards. Tom Brady sliced up the middle of the Jets defense. Woodhead, Hernandez and Branch tore up the middle of the Jets defense. 

Brady threw four TD passes, while Sanchez tossed three interceptions. Nick Folk provided the only offense with a 39-yard field goal.

Can the Jets (9-3) recover? Of course they can. But this will be a hard pill to swallow for their pride. The Patriots (10-2), now sitting atop the AFC East, have a leg up in the race for home field advantage. But they play at Chicago next Sunday, while the Jets are home agianst the Dolphins. A win by the Jets and a loss by the Pats will have both teams right back where they started. So nothing has been decided. That said, the Jets need to do some soul searching.  The Patriots took it to them early and never let up. 

Stats: Passing - Sanchez 17-33 164 3 INT; Brady 21-29 326 4 TDs. Rushing - Greene 13-64, Tomlinson 10-47; Ellis 18-72 2 TDs. Receiving - Holmes 7-72, Keller 3-27; Welker 7-80 1 TD; Woodhead 4-104, Branch 3-64 1 TD, Hernandez 3-51 1 TD, Tate 1-4 1 TD.

Fourth quarter: The Jets just can't get anything right. They had the ball on the Pats 5, but couldn't convert on a 4th and goal from the 5 as Sanchez' pass to Tomlinson fell incomplete with just under five minutes left.

Adding insult to injury, the Patriots went for it on a 4th and 1 from the Jets 19. Ellis ran 10 yards to easily pick up the first down. The Patriots made it worth the gamble as Ellis scored from five yards to extend the lead to 45-3 with 9:20 to go in the game. Drive: 6 plays, 28 yards, 3:26. Ellis 5-yard TD run. Patriots 45, Jets 3.

The Jets may already be on the bus. Sanchez tossed his third interception of the game. The Patriots take over, 1st and 10 on the Jets 28 with just under 13 minutes to go in the game.

The Pats are making a statement they are the team to beat in the NFL. After taking over on their own 6 following a Sanchez INT, Brady directed the Pats on a 94 yard drive. The big play was by -you guessed it- Danny Woodhead. The ex-Jet had a 50-yard pass play that set the Patriots up with a 1st and 10 on the Jets 12. Hernandez scored ona  1-yard catch with 14:57 left in the fourth. Drive: 8 plays, 94 yards, 3:53. Hernandez 1-yd TD run. Patriots 38, Jets 3.

Third Quarter: The Jets tried to make some head way, but were denied again as Sanchez, looking deep for Edwards, tossed his second pick of the game. The Pats took over on their own 6 and drove to the Jets 12 to end the third quarter.

The Pats are starting to embarrass the Jets now. Brady just sliced and diced the Jets defense. Starting from their own 7, the Pats marched 93 yards for another score to extend their lead to 30-3. Woodhead had a 14-yard catch, Gronkowski added a 12-yard grab and tight end Aaron Hernandez made the big play with a 35-yard grab that set the Pats up with a 1st and 10 on the Jets 24. Wes Welker capped the drive with an 18-yard TD catch with 4:40 left in the third. It was Brady's 251st career TD pass. Drive: 8 plays, 93 yards, 4:35. Welker 18-yard TD pass. Patriots 31, Jets 3.

The Jets were making some progress. The Jets drove from their own 32 to the Patriots 9, but Sanchez tossed an interception into the hands of LB Brandon Spikes. Pats still lead, 24-3.

Halftime stats: Passing - Sanchez 8-18, 77; Brady 10-16, 152 2 TDs; Rushing - Greene 8-37, Tomlinson 5-27; Green-Ellis 9-37 1 TD, Woodhead 2-11. Receiving - Holmes 4-52, Keller 2-12; Welker 4-45, Branch 3-64 1TD.

Second Quarter: Three more drives and nothing for the Jets offense. The Jets had the ball 3rd-and-1 from their own 46 with under 7 minutes left and called a roll out pass for Sanchez. Edwards was covered and the throw was too low. The Jets got the ball again with 3:56 left in the second, but went 3-and-out again. They made one last crack at it toward the end of the half, but the drive flamed out at the Pats 37. Pats lead, 24-3, at the half.

The Pats just continue to carve up the Jets defense. Former Jet Danny Woodhead burned Jets DT for a 35-yard catch and run. BenJarvus Ellis-Green added a 13-yard run and Wes Welker a 14-yard catch. Brady capped the drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Brandon Tate with 8:15 to go in the second quarter. Drive: 7 plays, 67 yards, 3:59. Tate 4-yard TD catch. Patriots 24, Jets 3.

Injury note: David Harris left the game with 11:03 to go in the second quarter.

The Jets finally got on the board. But it was only 3 points. The Jets seemed to have come back to the ground and pound. The big plays were three straight runs by Shonn Greene, which picked up 18 yards. The Jets couldn't convert on a 3rd-and-3 from the Pats 21 as a covered Braylon Edwards dropped a pass. Nick Folk kicked a 39-yard FG with 12:14 to go in the second quarter. Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, 3:47. Folk 39-yard FG. Patriots 17, Jets 3.

First quarter: The Pats look like they are trying to run the Jets out of the building. After a 12-yard punt by Charlie Weatherford set the Pats up with a 1st and 10 on the Jets 32, Brady marched his team right down the field. The big plays were a 19-yard catch by Branch, which set the Pats up with a 4th-and-3 on the Jets 25. The Pats went for it and scored big as Branch broke free on a slant and dashed 25 yards for the score. Drive: 4 plays, 32 yards, 1:30. Branch 25-yard TD catch. Patriots 17, Jets 0. 

The Pats are finding their way. Facing a 3rd-and-7 on their 46, Brady hit Wes Welker for a 14-yard play. The Jets aided the Pats two plays later as Eric Smith, starting in place of Jim Leonhard, commited a Pass Interference penalty, setting up the Pats with a 1st and goal from the 1. BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored two plays later. Drive: 6 plays, 57 yards, 2:48. Ellis 1-yard run. Patriots 10, Jets 0: 

The Jets commited a couple of head-scratching moves on their first drive. Facing a 3rd-and-1 on their 46, Sanchez attempted a sneak. It was a ruled a no gain. Rex Ryan challenged the spot and lost. But the Jets went for it anyway and got it, wasting a timeout and a challenge. It turned out to be moot, because Nick Folk missed a 53-yard attempt later in the drive. Pats still lead, 3-0.

The Pats mixed it up a bit on their first drive, with to five pass attempts and three runs. The big play was a 20-yard completion from Brady to Deion Branch. The Pats had the ball 1st and 10 on the Jets 23, but the Jets defense held, forcing three incompletions. Shayne Graham kicked a 41-yard FG. Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 4:03. Graham 41-yard FG. Patriots 3, Jets 0. 

The Jets have won the toss, but have deferred. The Patriots will receive.

Welcome to another night on the Jets blog. Marcus Henry is here to take you through tonight’s Monday night tilt between the Jets (9-2) and the Patriots (9-2).

Jet Streams: Tom Brady has won 25 straight regular season home games. Can anyone guess the last team to beat the Pats at Gillette Stadium? The Jets. Then-coach Eric Mangini led the Jets to a 17-14 win in Foxboro. The Jets handled the Patriots, 38-14, back in Week 2, thanks to a big-time second half by Mark Sanchez and the Jets defense. The big difference today is Brady won’t have Randy Moss to throw to. But it may not matter, because Brady has made great use of weapons like former Jet Danny Woodhead, Deion Branch, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and tight end Aaron Hernandez.

How about the Jets, anything different? Try the emergence of Santonio Holmes. Holmes sat out the first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and missed the first game. There’s no doubt the Jets will try and make great use of him. There is also the play of Sanchez, who has improved by leaps and bounds. Sanchez tossed four interceptions in last season’s 41-14 debacle at Gillette. The Jets undoubtedly need him to forget about that. Four picks tonight would doom the Jets.

With Jim Leonhard out for the season, the Jets will need to find another punt returner. Jerricho Cotchery is likely to be the primary punt return man, with Holmes and possibly Antonio Cromartie getting a chance if the Jets go two-deep.

What’s a stake? First place in the AFC East. A win by the Jets would give them a full game lead over the Patriots and a leg up in the conference for home field advantage. A loss wouldn’t be devastating, because there will still be four games left in the regular season. But the Jets have come too far to let an opportunity like this slip away.

Note: No Laveranues Coles won't be playing tonight. But just having him on the sidline could give the team a little inspiration.
 

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