The New England Patriots started off slowly on both sides of the ball, before ultimately winning the game with a final score of 30-23.
The defense couldn't stop a drive and the offensive line couldn't stop a defender. Even after Chandler Jones forced a Jets fumble on the game's opening drive, ultimately turning into a Stephen Gostkowski field goal, the Jets controlled the tempo of the game and Tom Brady looked dejected on the sideline.
Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Jets on a 15-play, 78 yard field goal drive and then a 14-play, 83-yard touchdown drive. The Patriots were floundering.
But then angry Brady took over in the second quarter with a key red zone scramble and then a goal line dive to tie the game at 10 apiece.
The Patriots followed with a double-whammy with two field goals sandwiching half time, but the Jets responded with a 13-play, 80 yard touchdown drive to take the 17-16 lead, and carried the ball into the 4th quarter on a 9-play, 71 yard field goal drive. It marked the first time the Patriots trailed in the 4th quarter this season.
The rest of the game was all Tom Brady and the Patriots, as Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski stepped up to move the chains and capitalize on two consecutive touchdown drives.
The Jets scored a garbage time field goal with 18 seconds left in the game, hoping to recover an onside kick and try to score on one final drive, leading to a Brandon Marshall recovery. The Jets were called for a false start as they tried to spike the ball, leading to a run off of the clock, ending the game.
Brandon LaFell had a poor outing in his first game back, registering six drops on the day, and Julian Edelman had a second straight game with a case of the dropsies. The offensive line seemed to get better as the game wore on and the Patriots will have to hope the rest of the team heals for a Thursday night match-up against the Dolphins.