For Tom Brady and the New England Patriots it was yet another dominant win. For the New York Jets it was the humiliating end to another season under coach Rex Ryan. (It’s true that the Jets still have 5 games to play, but their season is basically over.) The final score was 49-19. It was knotted at zero apiece at the end of quarter one. By halfway, the game was over and so were any hopes that the Jets would make the postseason.
It Was NOT Pretty
Fans booed Jets QB Mark Sanchez, called for Tebow to enter the game and had nothing to look forward to in the second half except maybe some leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner.
In the second quarter, in less than 12 minutes, the Patriots scored 35 unanswered points with two TDs coming on fumble returns of 22 and 32 yards. Those fumble returns were 9 seconds apart. Brady also threw 3 touchdowns. Julian Edelman had 2 TDs—one on a 32-yard fumble return and another on a 56-yard Tom Brady bomb. With 2 seconds left in the half, the Jets got on the board with a field goal.
A safety, a rushing TD and a late fourth quarter touchdown pass from Sanchez would be all that the Jets could do in the second half, as the Pats scored two more touchdowns. Both came on runs.
The outcome was no surprise. I had noted in an earlier Pats/Jets blog that I thought New England would win by at least 10 points.
How About Them Pats?
The Patriots are now 8-3 and with the loss the Jets sit in last place in the AFC East at 4-7. In PF/PA New England is +163. They are the only AFC East team with a plus differential in PF/PA. They have scored 407 points, which is the most of any NFL team. Houston is closest to their total with 327. The Taxans are also closest in PF/PA at +116.
The Pats dismantled the Jets without Rob Gronkowski and with Aaron Hernandez returning to action for the first time in weeks. Brady tossed three scores and ran for another. New England special teams had 2 TDs and notched 1 INT and caused 4 fumbles. The Pats’ defense had 2 sacks, 5 TFL, 5 pass deflections and 3 QB hits.
The End of an Era
Thanksgiving Day 2012 will be known as the end of an era for the NY Jets. Actually it marks the end of two eras—the End of the Mark Sanchez Era and the End of the Rex Ryan Era. I expect to see neither with the Jets next season.
Next week the Patriots take their 5-game winning streak to Miami where they play the Dolphins for the first time this season. This is a must win for the Fish. Then again, every game is a must win for both Miami and Buffalo if they want to keep their hopes alive for a postseason Wild Card berth. Go Pats!