The Jets didn't run horribly (4.4 yards per carry), but they didn't run it enough. Surprisingly, they came out throwing, but as soon as they allowed a sack, it was back to Ground & Pound. Sanchez scored on a 2-yard QB draw, with a nice block by RG Brandon Moore.
Mark Sanchez committed a clock-management gaffe with the premature timeout, threw two interceptions and failed to exploit a patchwork secondary. The Jets allowed five sacks, with LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson surrendering two. Bad stuff all around vs. the NFL's lowest-ranked D.
This time, there were no BenJarvus Green-Ellis nightmares. The Jets played well, but they weren't tested much by the pass-happy Patriots, who didn't emphasize the run until they were in clock-killing mode late in the game. LB David Harris had two tackles-for-loss.
Tom Brady was almost perfect in the second half -- 14-for-17, 135 yards, two TD passes. The Jets had no answer for TE Rob Gronkowski and no answer for the Patriots' hurry-up attack. CB Kyle Wilson, S Eric Smith and DB Donald Strickland surrendered TD passes. Recorded a safety on intentional grounding.
A rare off day. The kicking units cost the Jets six points -- PK Nick Folk missed a chip-shot field goal on the opening drive and Joe McKnight muffed a punt, which the Patriots converted into a field goal. They should've dominated the Patriots on special teams, but they didn't.
Rex Ryan's team played tight, making too many mistakes. They failed to capitalize on an injury-depleted defense. They were confused by the Patriots' "bunch" formations, resulting in blown coverages. They acted like they had never seen a no-huddle before. Shabby performance.