Final

Patriots 38

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Jets 14

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 9, 2007

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
NE 7 7 14 1038
NYJ 0 7 7 014

Top Performers

Passing: T. Brady (NE) - 297 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: L. Maroney (NE) - 20 CAR, 72 YDS

Receiving: R. Moss (NE) - 9 REC, 183 YDS, 1 TD

Moss has huge day; Brady throws three TDs as Pats trounce Jets

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Randy Moss caught a long pass and stepped into the end zone, flashing the dominant playmaking ability that made him one of NFL's most feared wide receivers.

Scouts Buzz
The Moss-Brady combination has finally arrived. The Patriots did a great job of moving Randy Moss around in the formation to create individual mismatches they could exploit on the back end against a Jets secondary that still lacks a shutdown corner. QB Tom Brady continues to play at an extremely high level and his ability to make all throws in the passing game and that placed a lot of pressure on the Jets defense. Moss displayed great hands, receiving skills and deep speed while adjusting downfield. He's still one of the best deep receivers in the NFL. He created mismatches all day that turned into explosive plays in the passing game and was productive on all three levels (short, intermediate and deep) in the passing game. The Patriots were extremely impressive in the opening week of the 2007 season.
-- Keith Kidd, Scouts Inc.
Complete Week 1 Scouts Buzz

Looks like it's time for opposing defenses to get scared again.

Moss caught nine passes from Tom Brady for 183 yards and a touchdown in his New England debut, leading the Patriots to a 38-14 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. Ellis Hobbs also set an NFL record by taking the second-half kickoff 108 yards for a score.

"I was nervous before the game," Moss said. "I didn't know how much I was going to play or what might happen. I settled down after the first catch and the first hit. I don't think I ever was more anxious or more nervous. I didn't know how I would play."

Neither did anyone else, including the Patriots.

Moss, acquired from Oakland in a draft-day deal, missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury and it was unclear how much of an impact he would have with his new team, or if he'd even play against the Jets.

In the end, Moss made all the difference.

"I've been playing long enough so that I've pretty much got down catching balls and making plays after I get them," Moss said. "I've got that covered, but I've got to get my mind ready."

Moss was prepared after two miserable years with the Raiders. A perennial Pro Bowl receiver with Minnesota, he appeared rejuvenated Sunday, showing no ill effects from the missed time in camp.

"He was a great player before he got to the Patriots," Brady said. "Obviously, he's still a great player."

Brady, who faced little pressure from the Jets, was 22-of-28 for 297 yards and three touchdowns, including a 5-yarder to Benjamin Watson that was set up by catches of 22 and 33 yards by Moss. Brady continued his mastery of the Jets, improving to 7-0 against them at Giants Stadium, and 11-2 overall. Brady has thrown 17 touchdown passes and only five interceptions in his 14 appearances against the Jets.

With many fans still returning to their seats from the halftime break, Hobbs caught Mike Nugent's kickoff deep in the end zone and surprisingly ran it out.

"He was a great player before he got to the Patriots. Obviously, he's still a great player."
-- Tom Brady on Randy Moss

"It was one of those deals that when he started to run, you yell: 'No! No! No! ... Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!"' Welker said.

Hobbs made a few cuts to the left sideline and took off untouched into the end zone to give New England a 21-7 lead 14 seconds into the third quarter.

"When you start going, you can feel it opening up more and more," Hobbs said. "You just want to head for that end zone. I always try to find that sixth or seventh gear, the gear they don't even make."

The previous record for longest kickoff return was 106 yards by three players, most recently by Roy Green of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979.

The play also tied the record for longest in NFL history, matching the 108-yard missed field goal returns by Chicago's Devin Hester last season against the Giants, and the Bears' Nathan Vasher the previous season against San Francisco.

"That was tough to swallow," Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma said. "It was tough for us to give up that."

Laveranues Coles had two touchdown catches for the Jets, who had a scare in the third quarter when quarterback Chad Pennington hobbled to the sideline with a lower right leg injury.

On second-and-12 from the Patriots 49, Pennington went back to throw and was hit hard by Jarvis Green. Pennington was slow to get up and was in obvious pain before standing up, then collapsing to the turf after taking a few steps. Pennington eventually hopped on his left leg to the sideline.

"I've never had a lower leg injury before," Pennington said. "I'm not going to lay there, I'll tell you that."

Pennington flung his helmet to the ground as he hopped over to the bench, where he was surrounded by team trainers. Kellen Clemens replaced him, but Pennington came back to start the Jets' next series with his right ankle heavily wrapped. He led the team on a scoring drive capped by Coles' 1-yard touchdown catch.

In the fourth quarter, Clemens again replaced Pennington, who decided it wasn't worth it to risk further injury. Pennington, 16-of-21 for 167 yards and the two touchdown passes to Coles, was uncertain how serious the injury is.

"The doctors are taking a look at it, and I'm sure I'll see them frequently this week and we'll go from there," he said before limping from the podium.

Game notes

The 183 yards receiving were the third-most in Moss' career. His career high is 204 at Chicago in 1999, and he had 190 yards receiving at Green Bay in 1998. ... Thomas Jones made his Jets debut and gained 42 yards on 14 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NE
NYJ
1st Downs2817
Passing 1st downs
1612
Rushing 1st downs
114
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
6-94-11
4th down efficiency
0-10-1
Total Plays6555
Total Yards431227
Yards per play6.64.1
Total Drives810
Passing297167
Comp-Att
22-2821-31
Yards per pass
10.64.6
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-05-35
Rushing13460
Rushing Attempts
3719
Yards per rush
3.63.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-42-2
Penalties4-162-20
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession33:0926:51

Passing Leaders

NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brady22/2829710.6300-0
NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Pennington16/211678.0204-30
Clemens5/10353.5001-5

Rushing Leaders

NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Maroney20723.6011
Morris11544.9013
NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones14423.0012
Washington4153.805

Receiving Leaders

NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Moss918320.3151
Welker66110.2113
NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coles7598.4217
Cotchery6579.5011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNENYJ
neTD5:17Wes Welker, 11 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 91 yds, 5:39
70
SECOND QUARTERNENYJ
nyjTD4:20Laveranues Coles, 7 yd pass from Chad Pennington (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 66 yds, 6:22
77
neTD1:14Benjamin Watson, 5 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 73 yds, 3:08
147
THIRD QUARTERNENYJ
neTD15:00Ellis Hobbs, 108 yd kickoff return (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 108 yds, 0:00
3114
THIRD QUARTERNENYJ
neTD7:11Randy Moss, 51 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 85 yds, 2:47
3114
THIRD QUARTERNENYJ
nyjTD2:23Laveranues Coles, 1 yd pass from Chad Pennington (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 70 yds, 4:42
2814
FOURTH QUARTERNENYJ
neFG6:54Stephen Gostkowski 22 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 17 plays, 75 yds, 10:28
3114
neTD2:00Heath Evans, 1 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 53 yds, 4:04
3814