The New England Patriots may not have lived up to their status as 10-point favorites against the New York Jets on Monday night, but in the standings they do all count the same: the team fought hard to end its four-game losing streak, and did so when a 51-yard field goal split the uprights as time expired. Patriots 30, Jets 27. Besides that game-winning kick, however, there were other plays also worthy of recognition.
As always, we will try to crown the biggest of them in the game’s aftermath, so please make sure to vote for your favorite below. The play with the most votes, as always, will be broken down in greater detail later during the week.
1.) Newton-Meyers, Pt. 1
Cam Newton’s receiving corps may not create many sleepless nights for offensive coordinators around the league, but his connection with second-year man Jakobi Meyers still cannot be ignored: the two connected 12 times for 169 yards, with their first big play coming in the first quarter. Newton found Meyers for a 33-yard gain to set up the game’s first touchdown. The long reception was a sign of things to come.
2.) J.C. Jackson in the clutch
J.C. Jackson did not have his best night filling in for Stephon Gilmore as the Patriots’ number one cornerback, giving up two touchdowns against the Jets’ Breshad Perriman. And yet, when a play was needed he delivered: Jackson — true to his “Mr. INT” nickname — intercepted a deep pass attempt from New York quarterback Joe Flacco to give New England a chance to tie the game with under six minutes remaining in regulation.
3.) Damiere Byrd’s big flight
After Jackson’s takeaway and with time winding down on the fourth period, Cam Newton again brought his team in a position to score. This time, a 31-yard catch-and-run by Damiere Byrd did the trick: the first-year Patriot ran a curl route just beyond the sticks, but was able to get up the field quickly following his reception to gain some significant yards on the ground and to set up a goal-to-go situation for a New England team trailing by seven. Three plays later, the game was tied at 27.
4.) Newton-Meyers, Pt. 2
The Newton-Meyers connection worked well all night long, but its biggest moment might just have come with only eight seconds remaining in the game. Meyers’ 12th and final reception of the game came with the Patriots in dire need of a big play, or else they would be headed to overtimes. The former undrafted rookie receiver, however, made sure that would not happen: he found an opening in the Jets’ zone coverage and caught a 20-yard pass to put the team in a position to win on a final field goal. Speaking of which...
5.) The game-winner
Entering Week 9, Nick Folk’s longest kick of the season came from just 43 yards away. In order to propel the Patriots to victory against New York, he would have to add eight more yards and still stay accurate enough to split the uprights. The veteran did just that: Folk’s field goal as time expired was dead-center — a perfect kick and a perfect ending for both the ex-Jet and his new club.
With all that said, what do you think was the biggest play from the Patriots’ win on Monday night?
Which play was the biggest from the Patriots’ win over the Jets?
This poll is closed
Newton-Meyers, Pt. 1
J.C. Jackson interception
Damiere Byrd catch-and-run
Newton-Meyers, Pt. 2
Nick Folk’s game-winner
Other (name in comments)