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Jets-Patriots 3 Takeaways: Offense Comes Alive, but Pats Rally on a Walk-Off Field Goal

Joe Flacco Throws 3 TDs; Cam Newton Rushes for 2 TDs


Cup of Joe
After back-to-back games with impressive first halves, the Jets put together more of a complete effort, but lost to Patriots on a walk off field goal, 30-27, falling to 0-9. Joe Flacco, starting his third game for the injured Sam Darnold (shoulder), completed 18 of his 25 passes (72%) for 262 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.

"He made a lot of really nice throws," Head Coach Adam Gase said. "I thought, for the majority of the game, he did exactly what we needed him to do. It's tough when you might have one or two errors and you don't feel good about it, but I feel like he played pretty good for the most part. He had a dropped touchdown pass that first series and then had some really good throws."

Flacco led the Jets to a 20-10 lead in the first half as he completed 70.6% of his passes (12 of 17) for 194 yards and 2 TDs posting, a 147.7 rating. He orchestrated a two-play, 77-yard drive before the end of the half that resulted in Jamison Crowder's third TD of the season. Flacco threw a perfect ball to Crowder, who did a great job keeping two feet in bounds in front of the sideline in the end zone.

"I thought that offensively we moved the football really well for three quarters," Crowder said. "We ran the ball, we made some explosive plays. To give it up right there at the end, it's a tough pill to swallow for sure."

After the Patriots cut the lead, 20-17, Flacco responded with an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive capped by Perriman's second TD of the night on a 15-yard pass. Flacco's only blemish was an interception on a deep pass intended for WR Denzel Mims, but J.C. Jackson made a nice play and set New England up at its own 28-yard line. The Pats tied the game, 27-27, later that drive.

"It's one of those that obviously in hindsight, I don't want to throw that pick," Flacco said. "The safety on that side of the field came down, cut the crosser. The corner was outside leverage and it was one of those looks with the Cover 2 safety on the backside of the field that I felt like I could throw down the hash and Denzel could beat the guy to the hash and catch that ball for a post. I've been rattling it around in my head, but I don't think I would've made a different decision in the moment. But obviously I wish I had that one back."

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The Three Dudes
For the first time this season, the Jets played with their projected starting wide receivers at the beginning of the season in Perriman, Crowder and Mims. The threesome combined for 7 catches, 137 yards and 2 TDs in the first half and finished with 11 catches, 189 yards and 3 TDs.

Flacco hit Perriman for both of the Jets' touchdowns – one on a 50-yard pass, which was the Jets' first passing TD since the Week 5 game against the Cardinals, and a 15-yard pass that put the Jets up, 27-17, in the third quarter. Perriman finished with 5 catches for 101 yards and 2 TDs.

"It helps my confidence tremendously," Perriman said. "Right now, I'm really focused on building on that. I definitely left some plays out there that I could have made as well. I'm looking forward to getting better from my corrections and build off this performance right here."

Defense Started Fast, Stumbled in Second Half
Similar to the offense the previous two games, the defense put together a good first half, but couldn't find a rhythm in the second. The Jets held the NFL's No. 3 rushing attack (159.7 yds/g) to 50 yards and 1 TD on 15 carries (3.3 avg) in the first half, but finished with 159 yards on 41 carries (3.1 avg) and 3 TDs.

The Jets had had two penalties in the fourth quarter – one that could have been costly and one that was. After holding the Pats to a field-goal attempt, the Jets were flagged for too many men on the field. The defense held again and K Nick Folk made it a one-score game, 27-20, after connecting on a 29-yard field goal. Then after Flacco's interception, Bless Austin was called for holding on a third-down stop. The Patriots tied the game later that drive on Newton's 1-yard TD run, his second of the night.

Newton was most effective through the air Monday night and ran for 16 yards. He was 27 of 35 (77.1%) for 274 yards, 169 of which went to WR Jakobi Meyers. Meyers helped set up Folk's game-winning field goal with a 20-yard pass reception that put New England on the Jets' 33-yard line.

"We have to go back in and tighten down on the things we need to tighten down on," said DT Folorunso Fatukasi, who had a forced fumble on a fourth-and-1 stop. "[Newton] was a great opponent and we have more great opponents that we're going to have to play. I know the team is very encouraged to make sure we go in and figure out what we have to do to make sure we get this thing turned around. In terms of Cam, his name is going to be remembered for a long time, but that doesn't mean we settle. We need to do more."

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