New York Jets at New England Patriots 10/16/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Patriots 27
Kicking off the NFL’s Week 7 action on “Thursday Night Football,” we had an AFC East matchup between two perennial rivals. The Jets came into Foxboro in a tailspin after dropping their fifth straight game in Week 6, while the Patriots were riding high after an important win over Buffalo. Regardless of the schedules, however, games between New York and New England are always interesting. This one was no different.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and stats from the game so that we can get a feel for exactly what happened. Afterward we’ll glance forward to Week 8 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Before this game started, no one gave the Jets a chance, but they showed some guts with a closely-contested game. Tom Brady and the Pats struck first, however, logging a 49-yard bomb to Shane Vereen for an early TD and a 7-0 lead in the first. The Jets’ kicker Nick Folk posted a pair of field goals to cut that lead to 7-6 after one.
Foles kept it going in the second, giving New York their first lead with a 46-yarder. Later in the quarter, Vereen and Brady hooked up again on a 3-yard pass to retake the advantage 14-9. The teams would trade field goals for a 17-12 Pats lead at the break.
Things got interesting in the third, with Chris Ivory leaping for a 1-yard TD and a 19-17 Jets lead. New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski would put his team back on top 20-19 with a 36-yard boot.
In the fourth, New England seemed to put the game away with a 19-yard Brady TD pass to Danny Amendola that made it 27-19. New York showed some late life on a Jeff Cumberland score but couldn’t get the two-point conversion to go. A blocked field goal in the final seconds sealed the win for New England 27-25 in a surprisingly close game no one saw coming.
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The Stars: Brady’s back. He logged 261 yards and three touchdowns, finding the holes in the Jets secondary when he needed to. Shane Vereen was his go-to guy all night, with five receptions for 71 yards and two scores. Vereen also led the team with 43 rush yards.
As for New York, Nick Foles should be their MVP so far. He hasn’t missed a field goal all year (aside from last night’s block) and kept the team in it. The running game was also on point here, with the team combining for 218 yards on 43 carries.
The Goats: The Jets moved the ball very well in the first half, they just couldn’t finish off drives. A few inopportune drops and penalties (seven for 70 yards) killed off their momentum. New York’s secondary continues to be their Achilles heel.
As for New England, they were crushed in time of possession (40:54 to 19:06), and normally when your defense allows 218 rushing yards, you lose the game. The quick strikes and long plays were the Pats’ saving grace.
Injuries: Both teams came out pretty clean here (despite Smith being shaken up for one play), but were without key members of their defenses. Both Dee Milliner and Jerod Mayo were out of action.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 8, the Jets will be back in AFC East action, but will be at home. They’ll host the Bills on Sunday (October 26; 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
Meanwhile, the Patriots will be at home as well when the Bears come to visit (October 26; 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
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