Patriots 0-7-3-7 — 17
Jets 0-10-3-3 — 16
With a 17-16 win, the New England Patriots moved to 12-3 and have clinched a 1st-round bye in the AFC, however, they still have yet to clinch home-field advantage — they could do so if the Denver Broncos lose against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football or if the Patriots simply win out. The New York Jets dropped to 3-12, and this may have been Rex Ryan’s last home game as head coach of the Jets.
Here is how the Patriots moved to 12-3.
Brady to Gronk for the 54th Time Gave Patriots the 1st Lead of the Game
Tom Brady found tight end Rob Gronkowski early in the 2nd quarter that gave the Patriots their first lead of the game 7-0.
Smith Answered Brady to Tie the Game in the 2nd
Geno Smith threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland to tie the game at 7-7. Smith would lead another 10-play, 54-yard drive before halftime that ended with a Nick Folk 26-yard field goal that gave the Jets a 10-7 halftime lead.
Patriots Took Their 2nd Lead of the Game
Jonas Gray, who had four touchdowns in one game against the Colts, finally got into the endzone again to give the Patriots a 17-13 lead early in the 4th quarter.
The Patriots Blocked Their 2nd Nick Folk FG of the Season
Midway through the 4th quarter, Brady threw a key interception to Jets rookie cornerback Marcus Williams. The Jets were not able to take advantage of the field position and for the second consecutive 3rd down play, Smith was sacked, setting up the Jets for a field goal attempt.
Folk had a kick blocked in the waning seconds during these teams’ first meeting of the season, and Vince Wilfork got a fingertip on this 52-yard attempt that sailed left and short.