Patriots 49

(8-3, 4-2 away)

Jets 19

(4-7, 2-4 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:20 PM ET, November 22, 2012

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
NE 0 35 0 1449
NYJ 0 3 9 719

Top Performers

Passing: T. Brady (NE) - 323 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: S. Ridley (NE) - 21 CAR, 97 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Vereen (NE) - 2 REC, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Patriots dismantle Jets as Bill Belichick collects win No. 200

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Brady and the New England Patriots put this game -- and the New York Jets' ugly season -- away early.

At least it was competitive for a quarter. By halftime, it was a big-time laugher.

Brady threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score as the Patriots thoroughly embarrassed the Jets with a 35-point second quarter in a 49-19 victory Thursday night.

After a scoreless opening quarter, the Patriots (8-3) went on a touchdown spree despite holding the ball for only 2:14 as they took advantage of several mistakes by Rex Ryan's hapless Jets (4-7). Their 35 second-quarter points tied for the fourth-most in a quarter in NFL history.

"I was unfortunately on the other side of that in a Pro Bowl where they scored on a fumble, then an interception," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "It doesn't take a lot to score like that, defensive touchdowns, special teams, they can add up in a hurry. Nothing surprises me in the NFL."

Fans were chanting for Tim Tebow to play before the second quarter of this Thanksgiving showdown was over, and booing as the team left the MetLife Stadium field at halftime.

"Shoot, I don't blame them for booing," Ryan said.

New England, which beat Indianapolis 59-24 on Sunday, scored four touchdowns in just more than 6 minutes -- including three in a jaw-dropping 52-second span -- helping Belichick become the eighth coach in NFL history with 200 career victories, including the playoffs.

Julian Edelman returned a fumble for a touchdown and caught a 56-yard pass for a score before leaving with a head injury. Wes Welker and Shane Vereen had touchdown catches, Steve Gregory returned a fumble for a score, and Stevan Ridley ran for a touchdown.

The Patriots improved to 19-0 in the second half of the season since 2010. They were 8-0 that year and last year, and are 3-0 this season.

"It all happened so fast," Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo said. "I've never been part of anything like that, but I'm glad that we were on the right side of it."

Meanwhile, the Jets allowed their most points since giving up 52 to Miami in the 1995 season opener, and likely will have to win their remaining five games to even have an outside chance at the postseason.

"Discouraged? Of course," Ryan said. "I'll put it to you this way: We're about as wounded as you possibly can be, but we're not dead."

New England was without star tight end Rob Gronkowski, out a few weeks after breaking his left forearm in the win Sunday against Indianapolis. They didn't need him -- not with the Jets fumbling and bumbling around.

Brady finished 18 of 28 for 323 yards before leaving with 2 minutes left in the game. He reached 3,000 yards passing for the 10th time, becoming one of six players to accomplish the feat. He also passed Dan Fouts for 10th place on the career passing list.

Tight end Aaron Hernandez returned after missing three games with a sprained ankle and had two catches for 36 yards.

New York's Mark Sanchez was 26 of 36 for 301 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Tebow didn't play at all -- revealing after the game that he has two broken ribs -- and stood on the sideline with a cap on throughout despite the occasional chants for him to get some snaps.

It looked as though this one might be a close one as both teams missed opportunities to score in the opening quarter, including Stephen Gostkowski going wide left on a 39-yard field goal attempt for New England. The Jets were hoping to boost their playoff hopes and keep some momentum going after a 27-13 victory at St. Louis last Sunday that snapped a three-game skid.

But this one got ugly in a hurry.

"That was crazy," Sanchez said. "I've never seen anything like that. This is a team you can't turn the ball over against because they make you pay. That was a great display of that today."

The Patriots jumped on a poor decision by Sanchez, who ruined a nice drive by keying in on Jeremy Kerley on second-and-6 from the 23. Gregory read the play the whole way for an easy interception.

Brady then led the Patriots on a 15-play, 84-yard drive that was capped by Welker's 3-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the second quarter.

New England was helped by a questionable neutral-zone infraction by Muhammad Wilkerson on third-and-4 from the Jets 49, and a facemask penalty on Ellis Lankster on second-and-10 from the 32 that gave the Patriots the ball at the 9.

The Jets made another costly mistake on their next possession when Shonn Greene fumbled on fourth-and-inches from the Patriots 31 and Gregory recovered.

Brady threw a swing pass on first down to Vereen, who zipped down the left sideline untouched for an 83-yard touchdown that made it 14-0 with 9:43 remaining in the opening half.

The Patriots were back in the end zone moments later when Sanchez fumbled on second down as he fell when right guard Brandon Moore's backside slammed into him. Gregory picked up the ball and ran it 32 yards for a score to put New England up 21-0.

And, the Patriots weren't done.

Joe McKnight, one of the league's top returners, fumbled the ensuing kickoff on a hit by Devin McCourty. Edelman picked up the ball and scooted 22 yards for yet another score.

"That was quick," Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich said. "They were some of the quickest scores I've ever seen on any level. As a defense, that's a good sign, when we're putting good pressure on the ball. It then means something when the offense capitalizes on the mistakes we caused."

Edelman caught a 56-yard pass from Brady to make it 35-0 with 3:08 left in the first half. The receiver left the game early in the third quarter on a helmet-to-helmet hit by LaRon Landry on an end-around during which he fumbled.

Jets wide receiver Clyde Gates also left the game with a head injury in the second quarter after a hard hit from Kyle Arrington.

Nick Folk kicked a 32-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in the half -- and a single firework popped above the stadium.

Ridley was called for a chop block in the end zone midway through the third quarter, giving the Jets a safety. Bilal Powell had a 4-yard touchdown run, his third in two games, to make it 35-12 late in the period.

Brady's 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter gave the Patriots a 42-12 lead, and Ridley scored on a 9-yard run less than a minute later.

Dustin Keller caught a 1-yard scoring toss from Sanchez with just more than 2 minutes left -- long after most of the stadium had emptied.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2525
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6667
Total Yards475405
Yards per play7.26.0
Total Drives1114
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs20

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

neTD15:00Wes Welker 3 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 84 yds, 6:01
neTD9:56Shane Vereen 83 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 83 yds, 0:00
neTD9:10Steve Gregory 32 Yard Fumble Return (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 12 yds, 0:43
neTD9:00Julian Edelman 22 Yard Fumble Return (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 12 yds, 0:43
neTD3:17Julian Edelman 56 Yard Pass From Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 73 yds, 1:53
nyjFG0:07Nick Folk 32 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 63 yds, 3:06
nyjSF6:52Penalty on Stevan Ridley, Chop Block In Own End Zone
Drive info: 1 plays, 0 yds, 0:00
nyjTD4:45Bilal Powell 4 Yard Run (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 71 yds, 2:06
neTD12:06Tom Brady 1 Yard Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 17 plays, 87 yds, 7:39
neTD11:13Stevan Ridley 9 Yard Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 37 yds, 0:38
nyjTD2:26Dustin Keller 1 Yard Pass From Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 1:40

Research Notes

With the Patriots win over the Jets, Bill Belichick became the 8th coach in NFL history with at least 200 career wins. Belichick reached the milestone in 307 games, the 4th fastest in NFL history.
Most Seasons NFL History With 3,000 Pass Yards Brett Favre 18 Dan Marino 13 Peyton Manning 13 John Elway 12 Tom Brady 10 < Drew Brees 10 > Entered Thursday with 3,299 Pass yds in 2012
Jets fans, don't worry there is reason to be optimistic. Your team has the easiest remaining schedule in the NFL as the next 5 opponents combine for a 17-and-33 record. New York could run the table and finish 9-and-7. Each of the last 6 playoffs featured a team with a 9-and-7 record or worse.
Tom Brady was 11-of-14 for 282 yards and two touchdowns on throws between the painted numbers Thursday. His 20.1 yards per attempt on such throws are the most the Jets have allowed in a single game in the last five seasons. This season versus the Jets, Brady is 26-of-33 with 445 yards and two touchdowns on throws between the painted numbers
With just more than 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Jets were trailing by a touchdown but were in New England territory with a chance to tie the game. Shonn Greene lost a fumble on a fourth-and-one and the Jets proceeded to allow 21 points, changing their win probability drastically according to ESPN Stats and Information. The Jets' win probability dropped 33 percent in 113 seconds.
NEXT LEVEL: The Patriots ran 65 plays from scrimmage Thursday (not including the two kneels), and the Jets matched up with five or more defensive backs on 56 plays (86.1 percent) even though the Patriots used three or more wide receivers less than a quarter of the time. The extra defensive backs did not faze Tom Brady, who threw three touchdowns and averaged 11.5 yards per attempt, the highest the Jets pass defense has allowed since Week 15 of 2011.
Tom Brady lined up in the shotgun on 17 plays and threw on 14 of them. The Jets defense entered Thursday's game allowing the league's fifth-best completion percentage (56.7) and tied for sixth-best touchdown-interception differential (-1) against quarterbacks in the shotgun.
From Elias:
From Elias: Patriots have scored 190 points in their past 4 games. That is the most points scored in a 4-game span in a single season since the 1950 Rams scored an NFL-record 208 points from October 22-November 12.
This is the 2nd time in franchise history the Patriots have scored 35 points in a quarter. They scored 35 points in the 2nd quarter of a 59-0 win over the Titans in 2009 (set a franchise record for points). It's the first time the Jets have ever allowed 35 points in a game.

ESPN Stats & Information