Pats Edge Jets in Ugly Contest
Gillette Stadium played host to a Thursday night football game that, much like the weather to begin the second half, was about as ugly as it gets.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots edged the New York Jets by a score of 13-10—both teams managing just a single touchdown each.
New England led the NFL in points and yards last season, so a showing like this leaves many Patriots fans unsettled as they wake up Friday morning.
Rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson out of Marshall caught the only New England touchdown of the game, a 39-yard job that came from the 14-year veteran Brady on the first series of the game.
Brady was 19 of 39 (49%) for 185 yards on the night, with no interceptions. An astonishing 13 of those 19 passes went to Julian Edelman, who was one of the heroes of the game.
Jets’ rookie quarterback Geno Smith had a rough time, completing just 15 of 35 (43%) for 214 yards and was sacked four times to go along with three interceptions in the
New York’s only touchdown came from running back Bilal Powell with about five minutes remaining in the third, but the late-game turnovers from Smith helped New England hold on.
There were two touchdowns—one by each team—that were reviewed and overturned late in the game, as a torrential downpour pummeled Foxboro. A fumble by Julian Edelman was also reviewed and overturned.
New England’s Stephen Gostkowski had two field goals that came from 21 and 30 yards, respectively, and New York’s Nick Folk nailed a 37-yarder early on in the game.
Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib had two interceptions, and rookie Ryan Allen broke two New England team records by kicking 11 punts for 514 yards.
The Patriots move to 2-0 on the season and will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. New York, who fell to 1-1, will head home to take on the Buffalo Bills next Sunday at 4:25 p.m.