FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The NFL went 10 weeks and lots of of kicks and not using a participant returning a punt for a landing. Marcus Jones made the primary of the season one to recollect.
The New England rookie returned a punt 84 yards for a landing with 5 seconds remaining and the Patriots outlasted the shocked New York Jets 10-3 on Sunday.
Jones’ rating was the lone TD of the sport and broke a stalemate on a day when each offenses struggled to maneuver the ball.
With solely 26 seconds displaying on the clock when the Jets lined as much as kick, Jones thought Braden Mann may punt it out of bounds. As soon as he acquired it in his fingers and made just a few gamers miss, every part modified.
“Then I noticed the punter and I used to be like, ‘If I make him miss, I ought to be capable to go the space.'”
He was proper.
It was the third straight win for the Patriots (6-4) and their 14th straight over New York. Additionally they denied the Jets (6-4) an opportunity to maneuver into first place within the AFC East this late within the season for the primary time since 2010. As a substitute, New York dropped to final place.
“I am in disbelief,” Jets cornerback DJ Reed stated. “It is a robust loss.”
The Jets have not gained in Foxborough because the 2010 playoffs once they knocked out the Patriots within the divisional spherical.
The Patriots moved the ball properly at instances, with Mac Jones finishing 23 of 27 passes for 246 yards. However they have been solely 4 of 15 on third down and had just one area objective—with Nick People lacking two makes an attempt—regardless of getting contained in the Jets 30 thrice.
New York sacked Jones six instances, however managed solely 103 yards on offense and 6 first downs. Zach Wilson was simply 9 of twenty-two for 77 yards, and Mann punted 10 instances. Within the second half, the Jets had simply 2 yards on seven possessions.
Jets coach Robert Saleh stated he thought their protection was “excellent.” He appreciated the offense’s second-half effort to canine feces. However he stated it wasn’t simply on the second-year quarterback.
“We could not run the ball. both, so there’s a variety of issues that we acquired to take a look at to see if we will discover some effectivity within the offense,” Saleh stated. “It simply wasn’t adequate.”
Again-to-back performs involving New York vast receiver Denzel Mims and New England cornerback Jonathan Jones saved the Jets alive late within the fourth.
First, Jones dived in entrance of Mims and dropped a close to interception. Then, Jones was known as for defensive holding on Mims, denying what would have been a sack by Mack Wilson.
However New York could not transfer the ball with their new set of downs and have been pressured to punt.
“Full domination. That is type of what we needed to do,” Patriots defensive lineman Deathrich Sensible, Jr. stated. “We needed to cease the run and have an effect on the cross. And I believed we did that.”
This was the primary sport in not less than the final 40 seasons by which the primary TD scored was a defensive or particular groups TD within the closing minute of the sport.
Patriots linebacker Matt Judon mixed with Mack Wilson for a sack early within the third quarter and dropped Zach Wilson for a 9-yard sack on the primary play of the fourth quarter to set a profession excessive of 13 1/2 this season.
Just one participant in Patriots franchise historical past has had extra sacks in a season: Corridor of Famer Andre Tippett, who had 18 1/2 in 1984 and 16 1/2 in 1985.
Area objectives by each groups supplied all of the scoring till the successful punt return.
The Patriots drove to the Jets 6 earlier than settling for a 24-yarder by People.
Zach Wilson accomplished a 34-yard cross to Mims to set the Jets up on the Patriots 25. It stalled there, resulting in a 45-yard area objective by Greg Zuerlein.
The Patriots had an opportunity so as to add factors late within the second quarter once they drove to the Jets 7. However a holding penalty on Yodny Cajuste, adopted by a sack on Mac Jones pushed the ball again to the 26. The collection ended with People’s miss from 44.
Jets: LB Quincy Williams limped off with an ankle damage within the first quarter after combing on a deal with. He returned within the second quarter. … CB Michael Carter II left with a chest damage within the fourth quarter, however returned late. … CB Brandin Echols was capable of stroll off on his personal energy after being shaken up on a play within the fourth.
Patriots: C David Andrews left late within the first quarter with a thigh damage and did not return. He was changed by James Ferentz. … LT Isaiah Wynn additionally left within the first and was dominated out with a foot damage. He was changed by Trent Brown.
Jets: Host the Chicago Bears subsequent Sunday.
Patriots: On the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving.
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