Best Jet: Ivory, who ran for 104 yards, few of which came easily. He had two first-down runs in overtime.
Best Defensive Jet:
Best Line: “We thought about [5'8" Isaiah] Trufant, but maybe not,” said Rex Ryan about covering Gronk.
Most Reliable Jet:
When Push Came to Shove: Jets, teetering on the brink of falling out of the game at halftime, fought back.
When Push Came to Shove II: Pats’ Chris Jones launched a teammate into long snapper
Biggest Break: Jets had some serious pressure in the third quarter on two Pats possessions that followed Allen’s interception. Otherwise, Brady had time and didn’t do much with it (only 22-for-46, 1 INT, zero TDs). No insult intended, Rex, because the Jets’ secondary, returning rookie
Second Biggest Break: Danny Amendola, Brady’s favorite standing wideout, did not play.
Biggest Break of the Season: New rule against shoving teammates into defenseless snappers passed in the Nick of time to give Folk another shot. This is the winner by the narrowest of margins over that Tampa Bay hit out of bounds that enabled Folk to be the hero on opening day, too. Now just six more of these reprieves and the Jets will be in the playoffs almost for sure.
Best Reason for the Jets to Resent Any Suggestion They Got Lucky to Win (Even Though They Did): They had the ball 46 minutes to 23 for New England.
Good Geno I: Jets were 11-for-21 on third down, converting a mind-boggling 10 more times than Brady’s team.
Good Geno II: Even with the chains on the other sideline, he knew exactly how far he had to stretch for the big first down on the drive that put the Jets ahead by three.
Good Geno III: He gave Marquice Cole the ol’ outside-inside for the final yards on the quarterback’s 8-yard touchdown run. Heading into consecutive weeks against the Bengals and Saints, the Jets’ playoff hopes have legs because of the rookie QB’s legs.
Bad Geno: Logan Ryan jumped a route and took it 79 yards to the house.
Second Most Curious Decision: Needing 10 yards at most to give Folk a shot to extend the Jets' lead to six, Mornhinweg unsuccessfully went for consecutive bombs to
Third Most Curious Decision: Once the penalty put Folk in range, why did the Jets run three plays and not allow for a re-do off a potential bad snap?
Easy-to-Forget Play That Shouldn’t Be Forgotten: Smith hit Kerley for 22 yards on third-and-21, leading to a second-quarter field goal.
Another Easy-to-Forget Play That Shouldn’t be Forgotten:
Forgettable Sequence Best Left Forgotten: The Jets were at the Patriots 32 in the third quarter when they gave up consecutive sacks, the first to Chandler Jones, the second to Chris Jones, that took them out of field goal range.
Another Forgettable Sequence Best Left Forgotten: The Jets committed three penalties on the Patriots’ opening drive. Plus Brady saw they were not ready after a first-down snuff of Brandon Bolden at the goal line and quick-snapped to get Bolden in easily on the second try.
Biggest Reason to Think the Jets, Just One Game Behind the Patriots in the AFC East, Now Can Hang with Them into December: No Vince Wilfork, no Jerod Mayo, no Aqib Talib. And still no Welker.
Best Reason to Get Excited: Win over the Patriots, of course. Three years coming.
Best Reason to Remain Calm: “How do we respond to this?” asked