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Smith Throws 3 Interceptions, Patriots Defeat Jets 13-10

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With 56 seconds left in the game, Geno Smith and the Jets were driving down the field with a chance to do the unthinkable — beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the road. For the second week in a row the Jets defense had kept the game close enough to allow their offense one last opportunity to steal away a victory; everything was going to plan. Until disaster struck. Geno Smith under threw his intended receiver deep down the right sideline, and was intercepted by Patriots cornerback Aquib Talib, ending all hope of a triumphant comeback.

Geno Smith threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, Stephen Hill lost a fumble early, and the receivers dropped 6 passes — including a go ahead touchdown — as the Jets let the game literally slip through their grasp. The Patriots held on to defeat the Jets 13-10 in a sloppy, mistake riddled game.

“That’s an outstanding football team and you turn the ball over four times against the Patriots, there is no way you are winning that one,” Rex Ryan said. “But I know one thing: We were going to keep competing and try to give ourselves an opportunity to win.”

The Jets offense outplayed New England, out-gaining the Patriots by 86 total yards (318-232). But thanks to a myriad of drops, mis cues and rookie mistakes, they couldn’t convert their statistical advantage into points.

Geno Smith started the game strong, he stood tall in the pocket and hung in until the last second. However, as the game wore on and his receivers continued to drop passes, frustration began to mount, and Smith began to come apart at the seams. The rookie threw 3 interceptions, the worst of the three came with the Jets in range to kick a game tying field goal. Smith finished the game 15-of-35, for 215 yards and 3 interceptions.

Although he looked like a rookie to finish the game, Smith spoke like a of veteran leader after the game, accepting full responsibility for the loss.

“It’s human nature. Guys drop balls. As you can see, I threw a number of picks and no one is perfect,” Smith said. “I fully support my wideouts. Those guys go out there and give effort on every single play and I’ll continue to go to those guys because we have that type of bond here — we are a team. It’s early in the season and I’m pretty sure all of those things will be corrected as we go forward.”

Defensively the Jets started slowly, Tom Brady marched his team down field with the confidence and poise we have come to expect from the future Hall of Famer, executing a perfect display of deception and trickery to score the opening touchdown of the game. Hurrying to the line, Brady baited the Jets defense into a run, before pulling away and hitting a wide open Aaron Dobson down the field for a 39 yard touchdown, and an early 7-0 lead.

“That’s hard to deal with,” Ryan said when asked about the touchdown. “We thought we had a heck of a game plan going in, thought we had a chance to win. And you know, to give a freebie like that to [Tom] Brady, we talked about it all week long, I mean, you can’t afford mental mistakes against Brady.”

At that point it looked like the Jets were in for a long night, however the defense held firm. They only allowed Tom Brady to complete 50% of his passes, and limited the Patriots’ usually explosive offense to just 6 more points, and 54 total yards rushing.

On another night the Jets might have beaten the Patriots, but on this night, it wasn’t meant to be. For now at least, the Patriots still reign supreme in the AFC East.

The Jets now have 10 days off before the head back to MetLife stadium to face the Buffalo Bills on September 22nd.


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