Number one defense?
No problem for Patriots QB Tom Brady in the Patriots 30-23 win over the New York Jets and their top rated defense.
Tom Brady overcame 11 drop passes by his receivers, 3 sacks in the first half and plenty of hits, and no run game to throw for 355 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was also the lead rusher on the team, adding 15 yards on the ground and one rushing touchdown. Basically, Brady had a hand in all of the Patriots yards on offense except for four yards. Wow, what a day, and this was against the number one rank defense.
The game couldn’t have started better for the Patriots defense when they forced a strip sack of Ryan Fitzpatrick and recovered it. Chandler Jones got to Fitzpatrick and stripped him of the ball and Hightower recovered it. The turnover would only lead to 3 points, though, after the protection breakdown for the Pats.
The Jets would recover and go on a long, time consuming drive, ending in a field goal, after the bending but don’t break Pats forced a few incompletions. Fitzpatrick picked on Malcolm Butler throughout the drive, a theme that continued the entire game.
The 2nd quarter would begin and after a Pats five and out, the Jets would drive the field by throwing the ball and score a touchdown. Fitzpatrick would find Kerely on a 5 yard score.
After exchanging punts, Tom Brady would put the team on his shoulder and use his legs to rush for a first down, setting up first and goal at the two yard line. The Pats would try three times to score, but only gain one yard, so on fourth down, Brady would go up and over the defense for the first Pats touchdown of the game, tying it up.
The Pats would score another field goal before the half ended, giving them the halftime lead, 13-10.
The Patriots would begin the 3rd quarter with a nice drive where Brady would hit Chandler twice, Dobson, and White twice to get up the field. On 3rd down, Brady threw what should have been an easy touchdown to Edelman, who dropped it. He had a few drops throughout the game. The Pats settled for another field goal, extending their lead to 16-10.
Fitzpatrick and the Jets would answer right back, marching up the field via the pass, and score another touchdown to take the lead, 17-16 midway through the 3rd. Fitzpatrick’s touchdown would go to RB Chris Ivory, who took it 9 yards for the score.
The Jets would tack on a field goal to begin the fourth quarter after the Patriots offense did nothing, resulting in a punt.
A little over 12 minutes left in the game and down by four, Tom Brady took over the game. He led his team on a long, time consuming drive, that he ended with him throwing a strike to Danny Amendola over the middle for the 8 yard touchdown and the lead. The window he threw the ball in was so small, not even a fly could fit through it. Amendola gets credit for an amazing catch too. Amendola was the guy all day for Brady, stepping up for Edelman and LaFell. He caught 8 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.
The Patriots defense began to clamp down after the score, forcing a a quick four and out.
Brady had 5 minutes to waste and to score to put the game away, and he did just that. He only left 1:13 seconds left on the clock, and the Jets made it easy by not using any of their time-outs on the drive. Brady hit Amendola 3 times on the drive along with Edelman and Dobson. He connected twice with Gronk, one for a touchdown. The Jets sent the blitz and left Gronk wide out, who snuck out behind the blitzing Jets. Brady threw the easy pass to Gronk, who took it 15 yards untouched for the score, putting the game on ice, 30-20.
The Jets would tack on a field goal with 23 seconds left. They would recover the onside kick after it went through the arms and legs of Jamie Collins, but Brandon Marshall couldn’t get lined up quickly enough before Fitzpatrick spiked the ball after a completion over the middle to Eric Decker. They would’ve had 1 second left to throw a Hail Mary, but Marshall wasn’t lined up, resulting in a penalty and a 10 second run-off, ending the game.
The Pats run defense was lights out, but their passing defense left much to be desired, still they held strong, especially when they needed to, and only allowed two touchdowns in the entire game. The Pats game plan was clear, stop the run, and let them pass. They did good passing, but not good enough.
Brandon LaFell made his return, but he was rusty. He dropped 6 passes today.
WR Danny Amendola continues his great play, helping Tom Brady out big time today. He made several great catches.
TE Rob Gronkowski continues to dominate and adding to his collection of highlight plays. He carried a Jets defender several yards after the defender tried to tackle him. He literally took him for a ride.
The Patriots had no run game, but didn’t need it, as Tom Brady threw all over the Jets defense.
QB Tom Brady: 34/54 for 355 yards and 2 touchdowns. 4 rushing attempts for 15 yards and 1 touchdown.
WR Danny Amendola: 8 receptions for 86 yards and 1 touchdown.
TE Rob Gronkowski: 11 receptions for 108 yards and 1 touchdown.
LB Dont’a Hightower: 10 tackles, 1 fumble recovery.
LB Jamie Collins: 6 tackles and 1 sack.
DE Chandler Jones: 3 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble.
DE Rob Ninkovich: 1 tackle and 4 batted passes.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski: 3/3 field goals made. Longest made from 46 yards. 3/3 extra points made.
Game MVP: QB Tom Brady.
Danny Amendola could get this award for sure, but how can I give it to anybody else but the guy who had a hand in all of the Patriots offensive yards except for four? I just can’t. Brady was plagued by drops, but overcame it, felt pressure but overcame. That was awesome. Brady was too good for the Jets to handle and the Pats won the game.