The Patriots needed a fourth quarter comeback, but they were able to get another classic Tom Brady outing as they topped the New York Jets 30-23 to stay unbeaten Sunday.
Brady overcame the Pats rather ugly first three quarters by throwing for a pair of touchdowns in the fourth.
The Super Bowl MVP completed 13 of 16 passes for 135 yards in the final quarter to overcome a 20-16 deficit and give New England (6-0) a two-game lead over the Jets in the AFC East.
”I thought we played better as the game went on,” said Brady.
The QB was 34 of 54 for 355 yards overall, including a late TD to tight end Rob Gronkowski which put the lead back to 10.
The Jets closed it to 7 in a 55-yard Nick Folk field goal and recovered an onside kick, but the Pats closed it out for the win.
”We made the plays when we needed to make them,” Brady added. ”I think that was the important thing.”
Jets QB Fitzpatrick completed 22 of 39 passes for 295 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Chris Ivory, who entered as the AFC’s leading rusher, was held to 41 yards on 17 carries while dealing with a sore hamstring; he also had two catches for 12 yards and a touchdown. Decker caught six passes for 94 yards.
Gronkowski had a monster day for the Pats, as he had a career-high 11 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown, Danny Amendola had eight for 86 and a TD and Brady also scored on a keeper from the 1.
The win is the 9th straight for the Pats going back to the postseason from a year ago.
For now, the Jets may be closer to being in the class of the Pats, but Brady remains the man, and that’s the reason they are 6-0 as compared to 5-1.