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Jets Overpowered by Pats 31-14 in New England

The last time the Jets played the Pats, they won a game that many felt could lead to a possible shot to an AFC East title. Today in New England, they looked like that game was a million years ago, as they fell to the Pats, who of course tried to rub it in in the end, 31-14.

The Pats really put the game away quickly, as they scored two TD’s in the first quarter, and then 10 points in the second quarter to go into the locker room up 24-7. The Jets tried to make a game of it in the second half with a Mark Sanchez 29-yard TD pass to Jerricho Cotchery to make it 24-14 in the third quarter, but the Pats were able to wrap it up with a Laurence Maroney score with 5:06 left to make it 31-14.

“We are a desperate football team,” New York linebacker Bart Scott said. “There is no magic remedy.” The Pats defense picked off four of Sanchez’s passes and allowed just one touchdown and 226 yards. The victory gave the Patriots (7-3) a two-game lead in the AFC East and sent the Jets (4-6) to their sixth loss in seven games.

Tom Brady picked apart the Jets, going 28 of 41 for 310 yards, his fifth straight game with more than 300. Wes Welker set career highs with 15 receptions for 192 yards. And Maroney ran for two touchdowns, his fifth consecutive game with at least one.

“If there were tears (Monday) it’s not that I was sorry for myself. I’m competitive,” Rex Ryan said. “We got outplayed today, but our confidence is still there.”

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