The New England Patriots made the New York Jets look like turkeys for Thanksgiving, clobbering Gang Green 49-19 Thursday night at Met Life Stadium. The Patriots forced five Jet turnovers in this one, and dominated the game in every aspect.
The Patriots started out slow, as they didn’t score in the first quarter, but signs of disaster for the Jets were evident early, as Mark Sanchez threw an early interception with the team near field goal range.
The Patriots would score on the first play of the second quarter, and the scoring wouldn’t stop. In a 53-second span of the quarter, the Patriots scored three touchdowns. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw a 83-yard touchdown pass to running back Shane Vereen to make it 14-0. On the next Jets possession, a Sanchez fumble was returned by safety Steve Gregory 32 yards to make it 21-0. On the kickoff return, Joe McKnight fumbled and Julian Edelman returned it 22 yards for a touchdown and a 28-0 lead. Edelman would score again in the quarter on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to make it 35-0. The Jets would kick a field goal with two seconds left in the half to make it 35-3, to the sarcastic cheers of the Jets faithful in attendance.
The Jets, at 4-7, are at the very least a long-shot to make the playoffs with five games remaining. A season that started with so much promise has ended with a crushing defeat to a division rival. The Jets next host the Arizona Cardinals a week from Sunday.