"I just try to go out there and be consistent time and time again," Kerley said modestly after the game, "and it just happened to work out for me today."
And how. Even more impressive than those numbers were the facts that seven of JK's eight grabs produced first downs, seven of them came on third down, and six of those seven resulted in third-down conversions.
The six third-down receiving conversions are the most by a Jet since at least 1970, and the last time a Jet had more than six total third-down conversions in a game was RB Clark Gaines, who racked up seven 3DCs and a fourth-down rushing conversion against the Patriots in 1976. And Kerley's 22-yard reception from Smith on third-and-21 was the longest third-down conversion since 2009.
"The protection was great," Smith said of his and Kerley's connection today. "The offensive line did a great job at seeing the blitz and picking it up. Jeremy just was finding ways to get open. That's something he has a knack for. He's one of those guys you can depend on."
Smith also got dependability from
Then there was
Head coach Rex Ryan said Ivory's extended use — it was the most carries by an individual back in Ryan's five seasons as coach and the 52 team carries were the second-most under Ryan behind the 54 at Oakland in '09 — was only partially due to
"Initially, maybe during the week, we had to see where Bilal was," Ryan said. "But Ivory was running extremely hard. We thought it was a good matchup for us and that's why we rode him."
Cribbs Rolls Back into Action
Almost lost in the rousing victory was the fact that
"It just comes with the experience and these guys are busting their tail blocking for me all week," Cribbs said of his introduction to his new home side. "I've always admired the blocking scheme here and the coaches. I'm excited to be a part of this special teams unit because they bust their tail for me. That's why it's easy."
It's also a changeup from the first eight seasons of his NFL career.
"It was different than being in Cleveland, winning these games in tight situations," he said. "It feels good to be a Jet, it feels good to win."
Cribbs had 44 yards on three punt returns and made great decisions on the other four punts by Pats rookie Ryan Allen, added a 17-yard kickoff return and ran the ball three times for 14 yards out of the Wildcat.
Extra PointsThe four sacks of Brady were divided among our "haves" and "have-nots."