October 22, 2012

Jets just drop the ball

This time it's the Patriots who capitalize on errors and move atop the AFC East.

By HOWARD ULMAN The Associated Press

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Rob Ninkovich, Mark Sanchez
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Rob Ninkovich separates Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez from the ball to preserve the Patriots’ 29-26 overtime victory over New York Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

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LaRon Landry, Antonio Cromartie, Stevan Ridley
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Stevan Ridley heads to the ground after the Patriots running back is hit by Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) and safety LaRon Landry (30) in the third quarter of Sunday’s AFC East showdown.

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But Brady marched the Patriots downfield after starting at his 21-yard line to put Gostkowski in position to force overtime.

Brady completed 26 of 42 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski. Sanchez was 28 for 41 for 328 yards and one touchdown.

The Patriots led 16-10 at halftime, scoring on offense, defense and special teams.

Trailing 7-0 after Shonn Greene's 1-yard touchdown run, the Patriots scored on the next play when McCourty returned a kickoff 104 yards, second in team history only to Ellis Hobbs' 108-yard return. Both came against the Jets.

Then, the offense came through on Brady's 17-yard scoring pass to Gronkowski. And the defense followed with a safety two minutes into the second quarter when Sanchez deliberately kicked a loose ball beyond the back of the end zone after Greene's fumble.

The Jets nearly reached the other end zone midway through the second quarter when Hill got open in front of the right corner of the end zone, but Sanchez's long pass came up short and rookie Alfonzo Dennard intercepted at the Patriots 2.

Folk kicked a 54-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in the first half and a 21-yarder on the first series of the third quarter.

Brady then threw a 2-yard scoring pass to Gronkowski for a 23-13 lead late in the third quarter.

 

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Wes Welker turns upfield after a third-quarter reception from Tom Brady, who completed 26 of 42 passes.

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