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GAME UPDATE: Jets-Patriots

Eric Allen Gives His Reaction to the AFC East Matchup


Nearly a Two-Possession Game: The Jets had to settle for Folk's second field goal – a 30-yarder – after Fitzpatrick's back shoulder attempt to Marshall went off the receiver's hands in the corner of the end zone. That made it a 20-16 contest, but Brady immediately responded and led the Pats on a scoring drive. And the visitors found themselves in a 23-20 hole when Brady hit Danny Amendola for an eight-yard score. There is 7:16 remaining in the fourth quarter.

No Surprise: Another tight one between these two AFC East rivals. After surrendering 13 consecutive points, the Green & White responded with a critical third quarter march. After converting on a trio of third down conversions to Devin Smith, Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker respectively, Fitzpatrick ended a 13-play, 80-yard march with a nine-yard scoring toss to Chris Ivory.

Tight One at Gillette:The Patriots hold a 13-10 lead at halftime. Both teams have converted one of their two opportunities in the Red Zone as the Patriots responded with a 10-point run to end the half. Eric Decker was targeted seven times in the first 30 minutes, hauling in four passes for 59 yards.

Photos from the Divisional Matchup in New England

Ivory Slowed: Chris Ivory was held to 12 yards on his first nine carries as Zac Stacy was frequently inserted into the lineup. Ivory, who entered this contest averaging an NFL-best 115 yards per game on the ground, also rode the bike on the sideline and received treatment on his leg from the medical staff. Cornerback Buster Skrine went out with a shoulder injury and his return was listed as questionable.

Long Scoring Drives: It seemed like the Green & White had the ball forever early, scoring on consecutive 15-play and 14-play possessions. Fitzpatrick, who got the Jets in the end zone with a five-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Kerley, completed nine of 19 in the first half for 128 yards. Chan Gailey used a lot of misdirection with Fitzpatrick and a few of his attempts were batted down. After being sacked twice in the Jets' first five games, the veteran QB was sacked two times before intermission.

3 Sacks of Brady: Muhammad Wilkerson and Calvin Pace forced Gostkowski field goals with sacks of Brady and Sheldon Richardson added another QB takedown on the first half's final play.

Pats' Short Fields:The first two Pats' scores came after they started possessions inside Jets' territory. Steven Gostkowski's 38-year field goal followed a Fitzpatrick fumble and a Tom Brady 4th and goal sneak was set up by Steve Weathterford's 31-yard punt.

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