Final

Jets 16

(10-6, 6-2 away)

Patriots 37

(12-4, 5-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, January 7, 2007

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 3 7 3 316
NE 7 10 6 1437

Top Performers

Passing: C. Pennington (NYJ) - 300 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Maroney (NE) - 18 CAR, 69 YDS

Receiving: J. Gaffney (NE) - 8 REC, 104 YDS

Brady, Patriots shake feisty Jets, roll on to San Diego

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Bill Belichick and Tom Brady won three Super Bowls with Eric Mangini on their side.

Hanging On Chad
Chad Pennington
As Chad Pennington went, so went the New York Jets in their 10 wins and six losses in 2006. The quarterback's so-so stats on Sunday were not enough to overcome the Patriots in their AFC wild-card game.
Stat
10 Wins
6 Losses
Sunday
Comp. pct.
68.4
57.7
57.5
Pass YPG
231.6
172.7
300
TD-INT
13-5
4-11
1-1
QB rating
97.5
56.3
79.2

The Patriots coach taught his former student that maybe he can win another without him -- especially with his quarterback in championship form.

Brady capped long scoring drives with short touchdown passes to Daniel Graham and Kevin Faulk, and Asante Samuel sealed it with a 36-yard interception return for a score with 4:54 left as New England beat Mangini's New York Jets 37-16 on Sunday.

"We keep playing like that, we can make it a long ways," wide receiver Reche Caldwell said.

New England (13-4), the only team to win a playoff game in each of the last four seasons, will play at AFC top seed San Diego (14-2) next Sunday. The Patriots are going for their fourth Super Bowl title in six seasons.

"I think our players stepped up and just made a few more plays, and that was obviously the difference in the game," Belichick said.

The loss ended a surprising run by the Jets, who won their last three regular-season games to get into the playoffs. This was supposed to be a rebuilding season under Mangini, their rookie coach.

"You look at the big picture and say it was a good job on our part," Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma said. "But if you're competitive, if you're a player, you don't want to go 10-6 and lose in the first round of the playoffs."

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Mangini, Belichick's former assistant, showed he learned a lot in his six years in New England. But the mentor still had some lessons left.

After the game, the two coaches, whose relationship has cooled since Mangini left to become coach of the Jets, met at midfield and Belichick hugged Mangini. It was a bit warmer than the loose, businesslike handshakes the two exchanged following their two regular-season meetings.

"I'm not going to get into a postgame analysis here," Belichick said. "Really, I've had enough of that."

Added Mangini: "I've got to tell you, I wasn't focused on that moment. It was nice, but I honestly wasn't thinking about that."

Brady improved to 10-2 against the Jets (10-7), and played much better than in the teams' last meeting, when New York frustrated the quarterback with blitzes and won 17-14.

"I'm beginning to experience it on this side," Mangini said. "He's a great player. He can hurt you at all times."

And this time, Brady was in control from the start.

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Tom Brady
Brady
Tom Brady passed for 212 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Patriots' 37-16 victory over the Jets. Brady has started 12 postseason games, and he has thrown no INTs in eight of them. The only quarterback with as many INT-less postseason starts as Brady is Joe Montana, who did it nine times in nearly twice as many starts (23).

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"I think we had a great plan," Brady said. "This is a pressure defense, and I think we were prepared much more for the pressure this time around."

New England, which has won seven of eight since that loss to New York, improved to 9-1 at home in the playoffs. The Jets made things interesting early, taking a 10-7 lead in the second quarter on a 77-yard touchdown catch and run by Jerricho Cotchery.

But it was all New England from that point in the teams' second-ever meeting in the playoffs, the last also a victory by the Patriots in 1985.

"We showed a lot of resilience and played well, but it's disappointing right now," Jets receiver Laveranues Coles said. "It hurts right now."

With the Patriots leading 23-16, Brady engineered the type of drive that has made him so deadly in big games. New England took over at its 37 and, with a series of short passes and runs got to the Jets 7.

Brady then found Kevin Faulk with a short pass and the running back zipped into the end zone with 5:16 left as the Patriots quarterback put up both hands and pointed skyward.

Brady finished 22-of-34 for 212 yards and two touchdowns, while Jabar Gaffney had eight catches for 104 yards. The Patriots also outrushed the Jets 148-70.

New England also took advantage of a big mistake by the Jets late in the third quarter.

Chad Pennington's pass was knocked down by Rosevelt Colvin and picked up by Vince Wilfork, who rumbled 31 yards to the Jets 15 before being tackled by Cotchery.

"He rumbled and rumbled and rumbled, but if I had picked it up: 'Game over,'" defensive tackle Richard Seymour joked.

The play was ruled a backward pass and a fumble, and the ruling was upheld after a challenge by Mangini.

Four plays later, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 28-yard field goal to give New England a 23-13 lead.

Mike Nugent's 37-yard field goal 3:21 into the fourth quarter made it 23-16.

The Patriots got things started early on Corey Dillon's 11-yard touchdown run 3:07 in.

Cotchery put the Jets ahead 10-7 with his 77-yard touchdown score, the longest in team postseason history, but Gostkowski tied it with a 20-yard field goal.

The Patriots again had a long drive late in the first half, capped by Graham's 1-yard TD catch. New England started at its 20 with 7:05 remaining in the half. After Laurence Maroney's 5-yard run put the ball at the 1, the Jets stopped Heath Evans and Maroney for no gain. On third-and-goal, Brady found Graham in the back of the end zone just out of the reach of linebacker Brad Kassell for a 17-10 lead.

The 15-play drive that took 6:54.

"I just put it up there and tried to let that big guy make a play for us," Brady said.

Game notes


Patriots backup Vinny Testaverde, who played for the Jets for seven seasons, took a knee to end the game. ... New England, which led 17-10 at halftime, improved to 15-0 when they lead after two quarters in the postseason. ... Pennington finished 23-of-40 for 300 yards and one touchdown and an interception. ... Nugent had three field goals, extending his streak of kicks made to 21.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYJ
NE
1st Downs1826
Passing 1st downs
1212
Rushing 1st downs
313
1st downs from penalties
31
3rd down efficiency
3-1111-16
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Plays6073
Total Yards347358
Yards per play5.84.9
Total Drives1111
Passing277200
Comp-Att
24-4122-34
Yards per pass
6.35.7
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-221-12
Rushing70158
Rushing Attempts
1638
Yards per rush
4.44.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-33-6
Penalties4-477-59
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession26:4033:20

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Pennington23/403007.5113-22
Ramsey1/1-1-1.0000-0
NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brady22/342126.2201-12

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Washington11504.5019
Cotchery2199.5014
NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Maroney18693.808
Dillon10535.3113

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cotchery410025.0177
Baker56813.6026
NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Gaffney810413.0031
Caldwell55010.0019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYJNE
neTD12:00Corey Dillon, 11 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 65 yds, 3:07
07
nyjFG2:39Mike Nugent 28 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 1:30
37
SECOND QUARTERNYJNE
nyjTD14:56Jerricho Cotchery, 77 yd pass from Chad Pennington (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yds, 0:17
107
neFG11:00Stephen Gostkowski 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 56 yds, 3:48
1010
neTD0:14Daniel Graham, 1 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 80 yds, 6:54
1017
THIRD QUARTERNYJNE
nyjFG8:22Mike Nugent 21 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 73 yds, 6:41
1317
neFG4:28Stephen Gostkowski 40 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 52 yds, 3:57
1320
neFG0:07Stephen Gostkowski 28 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 1:39
1323
FOURTH QUARTERNYJNE
nyjFG11:43Mike Nugent 37 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 61 yds, 3:25
1623
neTD5:21Kevin Faulk, 7 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 63 yds, 6:23
1630
neTD5:04Asante Samuel, 36 yd interception return (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 0 yds, 0:22
1637