Wow. After the first drive by the Jets, followed by the hilarious introduction of the Patriot defense, I really wasn't thinking they could pull it off. The underdogs for once, they shined and capitalized on a lot of mistakes.
Ochocinco's out of bounds step was unfortunate, although he did pull in more yards for the Pats than Hernandez and Branch. That was probably the least-ugly ugly thing about tonight. The Patriots run game was non-existent except when Woodhead came in. They managed nearly twice as many penalties as the Jets. They were only 30% on third down offense. The run-defense wasn't that great, either. There are also even more injuries to worry about. Fortunately, the Jets didn't try running on the Pats defense and made so many other mistakes like a fumbled-punt, several interceptions, and breakdowns in pass-protection.
The bright spots? The Patriots won a tough away game, and this is their first time beating Ryan and Sanchez in New York. The noname backups stepped up. The coverage was as good as could be hoped for and the pass-rush was explosive. Seeing Carter and Anderson as the DEs in a 3-man rush was kind of nuts. Ochocinco showed he can cut the head off of a defense(longest gain was 53), which is an element that Pats pass-game has needed to keep defenses honest. Branch also came back to life and Welker played like a champion on Survivor Island. Brady was shakey at first but really turned in one of the most solid games he's had all year. Also, the Pats Oline did an amazing job of preventing Brady from getting touched even if they seemed lacking in the run game.
My final thought? This game made me feel bad for Jets fans.