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Secondary guessing: Jets' mistake leads to key Pats completion

Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets warms

Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets warms up before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 25, 2015 in Foxborough, Mass. Credit: Getty Images / Jim Rogash

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Most of Darrelle Revis' Sunday afternoon was spent renewing his acquaintance with former Patriots teammate Julian Edelman. There were times in the third quarter when it seemed as if Revis was in Edelman's head as the slot receiver argued with the officials for an interference call and then dropped a pass at the goal line that was a sure touchdown.

As the game stretched into the fourth quarter with the Jets protecting a four-point lead, Revis thought they had the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady right where they wanted them, facing third-and-17 at their own 27. But that's where it all came unraveled for the Jets. Revis was stuck in zone coverage when Edelman found open space for a 27-yard reception on which he beat safety Dion Bailey, who was playing in place of injured starter Calvin Pryor.

The Patriots went on to a 30-23 victory, and Revis' only consolation was the Super Bowl ring he won with them last season.

"He makes plays, especially down the stretch," Revis said of Brady. "I felt like the key play was that third-and-17 where Edelman slipped into the middle of the field and made a big play.

"I thought that was the turning point. That's when the momentum changed."

First-year Jets coach Todd Bowles agreed with Revis, explaining he felt the Jets had to change it up on Brady in that situation. Bowles blamed himself for making an adjustment on the sideline and not going onto the field to communicate it clearly to Bailey.

The second-year safety said he'll find out Monday what his mistake was, but he counted it as a valuable learning experience in his first time facing Brady.

"Anybody can watch film and think they've got it down pat," Bailey said. "But you go out there and it's live bullets, and they're making adjustments and we're making adjustments. I'm not going to go out there and pick him off 30 times. He's Tom Brady. He's good at what he does. I'll get better with experience."

Explaining his view of the play, Bailey said: "I thought he was running another route. He disguised it well, and Tom anticipated it. It was a great throw and catch. It's thousands of reps with them and not enough reps with me going against it."

There was a lot more to the loss than that one play, but it was critical to a fourth quarter in which Brady completed 14 of 17 passes while leading touchdown drives of 80 and 68 yards. "Tom is great at dissecting any defense down the stretch, and that's what he did," Revis said. "He ended up finding the matchups he wanted to find and made the throws he needed to throw."

Naturally, the New England media wanted to know how Revis felt facing the team that rented him last season. He gave them nothing, saying, "It was a Week 7 game."

As for his brief exchange with Brady after the game, Revis said, "He just said, 'Good seeing you.' "

Just like old times.


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