New England Improves To 3-5 After Close Win vs. the Winless Jets

New England Improves To 3-5 After Close Win vs. the Winless Jets

After losing the last four games to Kansas City, Denver, San Francisco, and Buffalo, the New England Patriots were looking to get back on the right track against the winless New York Jets. In the end, it was not pretty, but New England claimed the victory over the New York Jets 30-27.

On the first drive of the game, the New York Jets went on a 12 play six-minute drive resulting in a 35-yard field goal from Sergio Castillo to take a 3-0 lead. Even though New York got off to a quick lead, it did not last long. Just after the field goal, New England found their way on the board with an 8 play four-minute drive resulting in a rushing touchdown for Cam Newton. After the first quarter, New England led the game 7-3.

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In the second quarter, both teams started the quarter punting the ball. After a New England punt, New York took advantage of it on a 5 play 2-minute drive ending with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Breshad Perriman to take a 10-7 lead. After New England failed to get anything offensively, New York extended the lead to 13-7 on a Sergio Castillo 50 yard field goal. With a minute left in the second quarter, New England made it a 13-10 lead on a Nick Folk 45 yard field goal. Just before halftime, the New York Jets had one last drive and the team made it count with a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jamison Crowder to take a 20-10 lead After the first half, New York led the game 20-10.

New England started the second half with the football and wasted no time going on a 7-minute drive resulting in a touchdown from Rex Burkhead to make it a 20-17 lead. On the very next drive, New York extended the lead to 27-17 on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Breshad Perriman. After the 3rd, New York led the game 27-17.

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In the 4th quarter, it was all New England, the team went on a 9-minute drive to start the quarter resulting in a 29-yard field goal from Nick Folk to make it a 27-20 lead. The defense stepped up and created an opportunity for the offense to tie up the game forcing Joe Flacco to throw an interception to J.C. Jackson. After the interception, the offense took advantage of the opportunity and made it a 27-27 game on a touchdown run by Cam Newton. Even though New England tied up the game, New York had a chance to win the game on a game-winning touchdown or field goal. The team failed to capitalize on the opportunity to end the game and punted the ball to New England. Unlike New York, New England capitalized in a short time driving down the field ending with Nick Folk kicking a 51-yard field goal with no time left to win the game for New England 30-27.

For New England, Cam Newton threw for 274 yards while completing 27 out of his 35 passes. On the ground, Newton ran for 16 yards, 2 touchdowns on 10 carries.

On the New York side of things, Joe Flacco threw for 262 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception while completing 18 out of his 25 passes on the day.

After winning against New York, New England is hosting the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on Sunday Night Football. Baltimore is coming off a 24-10 win against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

After losing against New England, New York is heading towards a bye week. After the bye, the team will be hosting the Los Angeles Chargers at Metlife Stadium. Los Angeles is coming off a heartbreaking 31-26 loss on Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders due to a game-winning touchdown on the final play of the game getting overturned.

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