Jets 30, Patriots 27 (OT)

Jerry Beach, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Nick Folk's 42-yard field goal with 5:07 left in overtime Sunday afternoon lifted the New York Jets to a stunning 30-27 win over the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium.
Four plays before his game winner, Folk missed from 56 yards, but the Patriots' Chris Jones was flagged for pushing into the pile. The 15-yard penalty gave the Jets a first down at the New England 23.
By snapping a six-game, regular-season losing streak against the Patriots, the Jets (4-3) moved within a game of New England (5-2) in the AFC East.
The Jets stormed back from an 11-point halftime deficit with 17 unanswered points in the third quarter. Antonio Allen's 21-yard interception return for a touchdown on the second play of the quarter jump-started the outburst.
The loss ended the Patriots' 12-game winning streak against AFC East foes dating back to 2011. It also ended New England's dominance of the Jets in the second meeting of a season between the two teams. The Patriots had outscored the Jets, 162-52, in the second meeting between the two teams over the last four seasons.
Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith's 8-yard scramble for a touchdown gave the Jets the lead with 4:33 left in the third. Smith finished 17 for 33 for 233 yards and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley in the first quarter.
Kerley finished with eight catches for 97 yards while running back Chris Ivory had 34 carries for 104 yards, including 10 rushes for 30 yards in overtime.
Tom Brady was 22 of 46 for 228 yards for the Patriots while running backs Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden each rushed for a touchdown. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who made his season debut after undergoing multiple offseason surgeries, led the Patriots with eight catches for 114 yards.
The Patriots had a 21-10 halftime lead and the ball to begin the second half, but the Jets quickly stole the momentum when Allen, who was burned repeatedly by Gronkowski in the first half, picked off a Brady pass intended for Gronkowski and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown.
The Patriots went three-and-out on their next three possessions and the Jets took the lead two plays after Smith extended the drive with a 14-yard scramble on third-and-13.
Folk's second field goal, a 37-yarder, lengthened the lead to 27-21 with 1:30 left in the third. New England finally generated a sustained drive on its next possession, but Brady's pass to Gronkowski in the end zone was just long and the Patriots had to settle for a 39-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
The Patriots were pinned at their own 8 with 2:10 left, but Brady directed a 66-yard, 12-play drive that ended with Gostkowski's 44-yard field goal with 16 seconds left.
The Jets and Patriots opened the game by swapping 80-yard touchdown drives. Smith's 12-yard touchdown pass to Kerley -- their third connection on third down -- put the Jets up 7-0, but Bolden capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
The Jets marched 80 yards in the first seven plays of their next possession, but Logan Ryan jumped in front of David Nelson, picked off Smith and raced untouched 79 yards for the touchdown.
After a Folk field goal pulled the Jets within 14-10, the teams traded punts. A 38-yard return by Julian Edelman gave the Patriots the ball at the Jets' 28-yard line, and Ridley raced around right end for a 17-yard touchdown six plays later to extend the Patriots' lead to 21-10.
Notes: The Patriots' winning streak against AFC East foes was three wins shy of the post-merger record for most consecutive wins against divisional rivals. Miami won 15 straight division games from 1972-73. ... With Ryan's touchdown, the Patriots have scored 13 touchdowns on defense or special teams against the Jets since Bill Belichick took over as head coach in 2000. ... Among the Jets' inactives was No. 3 quarterback Brady Quinn, whose roster spot may be endangered Monday, when the Jets have to decide whether or not to activate David Garrard off the exempt list. Garrard retired in May but rejoined the Jets on Oct. 10. ... Jets rookie CB Dee Milliner returned after missing three games with a hamstring injury but limped off the field midway through the fourth quarter.