4:15 PM ET, November 22, 2009
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Bodden has three of Sanchez's four INTs as Patriots answer critics
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For the second straight game, the New England Patriots led 31-14 in the fourth quarter. This time they completed the job.The defense that Bill Belichick didn't want to put on the field a week earlier had three of its five turnovers in the fourth quarter Sunday in a 31-14 win over the New York Jets. Last Sunday's stunning 35-34 loss to the Indianapolis Colts had unleashed criticism of Belichick's decision-making.
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• In the Game 2 rematch, the Patriots improved to 12-3 in their last 15 meetings against the Jets.
• Tom Brady (28 for 41, 310 yards, TD) has thrown for 300+ yards in five straight games.
• Wes Welker (15 catches, 192 yards) set career highs in receptions and yards.
• For the Jets, Mark Sanchez (8 for 21, 136 yards, 4 INTs) has now turned the ball over 19 times in 10 games this season.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Brady is Back to Normal
Tom Brady fared much better against the Jets pressure on Sunday compared to a Week 2 loss at the Meadowlands.
-- ESPN Stats and Information
Welker's eight games with 10 or more catches are the most in Patriots history, ahead of Ben Coates and Troy Brown with five each. ... The Patriots tied their series with the Jets at 50-50-1. ... The Jets allowed 414 yards after entering the game with the NFL's third stingiest defense.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.6||5.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-0||3-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||1|
|TD||5:57||Leigh Bodden 53 Yard Interception Return (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 12 yds, 1:37
|TD||0:00||Randy Moss 4 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yds, 4:16
|TD||10:27||Laurence Maroney 2 Yard Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 59 yds, 3:36
|FG||4:18||Stephen Gostkowski 26 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 10 plays, 44 yds, 5:05
|TD||0:55||Brad Smith 4 Yard Return of Blocked Punt (Jay Feely Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, -2 yds, 1:19
|TD||9:51||Jerricho Cotchery 29 Yard Pass From Mark Sanchez (Jay Feely Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 5:15
|TD||5:09||Laurence Maroney 1 Yard Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 25 yds, 4:47