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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Foxborough, MA (Jan 16) – The New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots on Sunday evening by the score of 28-21. The Jets have done a lot of talking this year and especially this week but they have backed it up and are going to the AFC Championship game for a second consecutive year. They will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers a team they have beaten in Pittsburgh this season. The Jets and Patriots have become a rival and the last time these two teams played the Patriots buried the Jets 45-3 but the Jets came to play on this day especially their defense. The defense had Brady running and looking confused all day long.
Mark Sanchez the Jets quarterback was 16-25 for 194 yards and three touchdowns. Shonn Greene led the Jets rushing attack with 17 attempts for 76 yards and LaDanian Tomlinson had 10 attempts for 43 yards. Jerricho Cotchery led the receivers with five catches for 96 yards. Braylon Edwards had two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Santonio Holmes had three catches for 20 yards and Dustin Keller had three for 15 yards. The story of the game was the defense of the Jets though who had Brady dazed and confused. The Jets racked up five sacks and had one interception. Brady was 29-45 for 299 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots leading rusher was Danny Woodhead who had 14 carries for 46 yards, Benjarvus Green-Ellis had nine carries for 43 yards. Rob Gronkowski was the leading receiver for the Patriots with four catches for 65 yards. Deion Branch had five catches for 59 yards. Wes Welker had seven catches for 57 yards and Woodhead had six for 52 yards. The Patriots and their fans were stunned by this game as they thought they had a Super Bowl team this season.
Rex Ryan the head coach of the Jets said this after the game “Maybe everybody else never believed, but we believed. We’re moving on, same old Jets back to the AFC Championship. The only difference is this time we plan on winning.” The Jets have another chance of getting to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1969 after losing to the Colts in Indianapolis last season 30-17. Edwards said, “Big Ben, he is next on our list.” The Jets aren’t going to stop talking but as long as they back it up on the field it is fine.”
The Jets will try to win their third straight road game on their way to the Super Bowl, which is very reminiscent of their fellow stadium dwellers the New York Giants in 2007. The Giants won three straight road games on their way to the Super Bowl upset of Brady and the Patriots.