Very disappointing game. The Patriots dominated the first half with excitement like a pick-6 by rookie Brad Ryan and Gronk back making great catches and getting greater YAC. Unfortunately the third quarter was full of mistakes and allowed the Jets to get back into the game. A pity that a great 28-yard punt return by Julian Edelman was wasted and Tom threw a pick-6 so that the lead was whittled.
Tom is not himself. His accuracy is way off this year. The rookie receivers are part of it, but not all of it. Could he be injured? Possibly. He's getting older? Peyton Manning is a year older than him. The difference? Peyton, as usual, has great weapons around him. Tom has none this year, and I put that on the Patriots' front office. They stuck him with a bunch of rookie receivers. Of course they had no idea what would happen with Aaron Hernandez, but they let Wes Welker go and knew Gronk was going to be delayed recovering from forearm and back surgeries. Ridiculous plan!
And the ref in overtime handed the game from the Pats to the Jets with that penalty call during the 56-yard field goal attempt, which made it a chip shot for the Jets' kicker. Game over.
Of course, the Pats should not have been in that position to begin with. They are wildly inconsistent and if they don't correct that, they won't be going deep into the playoffs this year.
The Bills beat the Dolphins in their divisional game.
Better news is that the Red Sox clinched the American League pennant and will host the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night at Friendly Fenway! :) St. Louis beat the club in 1946 and 1967 but lost to them in 2004, so let's even this up, shall we? A Shane Victorino grand slam cemented the win. Closer Koji Uehara won the MVP for the series.
NE 5-2 (OT)
NYJ 4-3 (OT)