Final/OT

Jets 34

(7-3, 3-2 away)

Patriots 31

(6-4, 4-2 home)

Coverage: NFL

8:15 PM ET, November 13, 2008

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA 

1 2 3 4 OT T
NYJ 10 14 0 7 334
NE 3 10 8 10 031

Top Performers

Passing: M. Cassel (NE) - 400 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Jones (NYJ) - 30 CAR, 104 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: W. Welker (NE) - 7 REC, 108 YDS

Feely boots 34-yard FG in OT as Jets win dramatic affair in New England

Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Brett Favre and the New York Jets stand alone atop the tight AFC East standings -- barely.

Jay Feely kicked a 34-yard field goal on the only series of overtime after New England tied the game on Matt Cassel's pass to Randy Moss with one second left in regulation and the Jets survived a Tom Brady-like comeback with a 34-31 victory Thursday night.

Veteran Gunslinger

Brett Favre put his experience as a starter -- and ability to get the ball down the field -- on display vs. Matt Cassel and the Patriots. Favre was perfect on throws of 10 yards or more. Here's how he compared to Cassel:

Throws of 10 yards or more
Favre Cassel
Comp. 7 10
Att. 7 21
Yards 139 134
TDs 1 3
Int. 0 0
Rating 158.3 107.9

The win broke a tie for the division lead between the teams and gave the Jets (7-3) sole possession of first place for the first time since Nov. 19, 2001, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Patriots (6-4) have won the AFC East the last five seasons and six of the last seven.

New England "had all the momentum," said Favre, who threw two touchdown passes and directed the winning drive. "Based on history, you would have bet against us. This says a lot about our team."

The Jets, who led 24-6 in the first half, extended their winning streak to four with their sixth victory in seven games and are 1 1/2 games ahead of Buffalo and Miami in the division. They beat the Patriots for only the second time in 13 games.

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"It's a great, great feeling for us," Jets coach Eric Mangini said. "Everybody understands that this game was extremely important, and it's important because it allows us to make the next game [against Tennessee] extremely important. It's a really positive step for our team."

The loss wasted a brilliant performance by Cassel, whose first pro start after Brady's season-ending knee injury in the opener came in a 19-10 win over the Jets. Cassel completed 30 of 51 passes for 400 yards, all career highs, and three touchdowns. He ran eight times for 62 yards, sixth-most in team history for a quarterback and the most since Steve Grogan ran for 65 in consecutive games in 1978.

"It's not enough," Cassel said.

The Patriots got the tying touchdown on Cassel's 16-yard pass on fourth down. Moss' diving sideline catch was reviewed when he was pushed out of bounds by cornerback Ty Law, but the touchdown stood.

New England had marched to Moss' touchdown from its 38-yard line with no timeouts and 1:04 left

Fast Facts

• Thomas Jones had his fourth straight game with a rushing TD. The Jets are 8-0 when he scores a touchdown and his teams have won 15 straight games when he reaches the end zone.

• The Patriots are 0-4 this season when trailing at halftime.

• The Jets won for just the fourth time in their last 17 games against the Patriots.

• The Jets' 24 first half points tied for the most allowed by the Patriots in the first half in the nine seasons Bill Belichick has been head coach.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

Stephen Gostkowski's extra point tied it and erased a 31-24 lead the Jets had taken on Thomas Jones' 1-yard touchdown run with 3:10 left.

"I don't know what their record was in overtime," Mangini said, "but I'm sure they've been pretty successful."

Favre made his 263rd consecutive regular-season start, an NFL record, and went 26-of-33 for 258 yards and, on the only drive of overtime, marched the Jets 64 yards on 14 plays in 7:50. His 16-yard pass to Laveranues Coles brought the ball to the Patriots' 24-yard line, three running plays moved it to the 16 and Feely connected for his second field goal of the game -- giving Favre his 42nd win in games his team trailed or were tied in the fourth quarter.

"I was nervous as heck" heading into overtime, he said. "I said, `Why can't we make this easy?' But it's what I'm capable of doing.

"This one ranks right up there near the top" of all his wins.

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The Jets scored on their first three series, plus a 92-yard kickoff return by Leon Washington, four days after scoring on all seven of their first-half possessions in a 47-3 rout of the St. Louis Rams.

Washington scored on a 7-yard pass play before the Patriots cut the lead to 7-3 on their first series on the first of Gostkowski's three field goals, a 42-yarder.

Feely kicked a 22-yarder for the Jets before Gostkowski connected again, from 31 yards to cap a 12-play drive.

New York needed just one play -- Washington's return -- to score on the ensuing kickoff. It was his first kickoff return for a touchdown this season after he tied a team record last year with three.

And when Favre threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Jerricho Cotchery, the Jets led 24-6 with 4:57 left in the first half and the outlook was very bleak for the Patriots.

"We dug ourselves a hole," New England coach Bill Belichick said. "We made some plays to get back in there."

Cassel threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Jabar Gaffney with 15 seconds left in the half and a 10-yarder to Benjamin Watson on the final play from scrimmage of the third quarter. Then New England made it 24-21 on Cassel's 2-point conversion pass to Gaffney.

"Anytime you can come back from a 24-6 deficit, it's a building block," Cassel said. "That was great for the team."

The Patriots tied it on Gostkowski's 47-yard field goal with 10:16 left in the fourth quarter.

But they never led and never got the chance after the Jets won the overtime coin toss.

"We usually win those type of games," Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour said, "but there's still a lot of football left."

Game notes


Jones rushed for 104 yards after running for 149 yards and three touchdowns against St. Louis. ... New England's Wes Welker extended his record of catching at least six passes in a game to start the season to 10 games. ... The Patriots outgained the Jets 511 yards to 375. That's the fourth-highest total in New England history. The two highest -- 597 and 529 yards -- also were against the Jets.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NY Jets
New England
1st Downs2326
3rd down efficiency
9-164-14
4th down efficiency
0-02-3
Total Yards375511
Yards per play5.06.5
Total Drives20
Passing235386
Comp-Att
26-3330-51
Yards per pass
7.17.6
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-233-14
Rushing140125
Rushing Attempts
3925
Yards per rush
3.65.0
Penalties4-255-29
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
00
Possession39:1828:32

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre26/332587.8203-23
NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cassel30/514007.8303-14

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones301043.5113
Washington5183.607
NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Cassel8627.8019
Faulk8384.8020

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Keller88710.9020
Cotchery58717.4146
NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Welker710815.4029
Watson88811.0114

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYJNE
TD09:26Leon Washington 7 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Jay Feely Kick) 70
FG04:25Stephen Gostkowski 42 Yd 73
FG00:06Jay Feely 22 Yd 103
SECOND QUARTERNYJNE
FG09:44Stephen Gostkowski 31 Yd 106
TD09:32Leon Washington 92 Yd Kickoff Return (Jay Feely Kick) 176
TD04:57Jerricho Cotchery 15 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Jay Feely Kick) 246
TD00:15Jabar Gaffney 19 Yd Pass From Matt Cassel (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 2413
THIRD QUARTERNYJNE
TD00:00Benjamin Watson 10 Yd Pass From Matt Cassel (Matt Cassel Pass To Jabar Gaffney For Two-Point Conversion) 2421
FOURTH QUARTERNYJNE
FG10:16Stephen Gostkowski 47 Yd 2424
TD03:10Thomas Jones 1 Yd Run (Jay Feely Kick) 3124
TD00:01Randy Moss 16 Yd Pass From Matt Cassel (Stephen Gostkowski Kick) 3131
OVERTIMENYJNE
FG07:10Jay Feely 34 Yd 3431