This wasn't pretty, and yet, in a way, it was the most beautiful thing I've seen all year. Everything was stacked against us - Brady was getting rattled, we were losing the turnover battle, and, of-coarse, it was against the Jets. It was a game that, if you judge by our history and the history of the Jets, we should have lost.
But we came through when it counted, both on defense and offense, who, for the first time since I can remember, came out after a shaky first half and dominated. It was everything a good football game should be - close, but in the end, not too close for comfort. Did I mention it was against the Jets?
Better yet, the defense seems to finally be here to play. Its just one game, but I can't but help think this is the start of something new. And it wasn't last year's defense of bend-but-don't break - it was a lights-out, no-you-can't-have-that-1st-down defense. Congratulations to everybody on both sides of the ball, you proved me and history wrong.
Welker did great, BJGE did great, and, despite the pick, Brady also played well. As a minor disappointment, he failed to break Manning's two touchdown+ game streak. As a major plus, we continued our home win streak and our 30 point streak.
Chalk one up for the Pats. Not sure what the Jets do now, but I'm glad its not my problem. This game will go down as a legend, and, in many ways, impressed me more then the 45-3 game.
More thoughts will be posted below as I think of them.
Branch showed up to a degree, as did Ocho. Still want to see more out of both of them, but if there was a time when they had to come to play, it was today. Also was nice to see Hernando and Gronk playing well.
What was not nice was the way Ridley played. 1.9 yards a carry? I hope he just had an off day.