The difference between the Jets and Patriots appears to still be the guy who is under center week in and week out.
Tom Brady outplayed the best defense in the NFL, throwing two fourth quarter scores and leading the Pats to a 30-23 win that keeps New England unbeaten at 6-0 on the year.
Brady was 13 of 16 passes for 135 yards in the final quarter to overcome a 20-16 deficit and give New England (6-0) a two-game lead over the Jets in the AFC East.
Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 22 of 39 passes for 295 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Chris Ivory, who entered as the AFC’s leading rusher, was held to 41 yards on 17 carries while dealing with a sore hamstring; he also had two catches for 12 yards and a touchdown. Eric Decker caught six passes for 94 yards.
The Jets (4-2) had a moment in the last minute, kicking a field goal on first down with 23 seconds left to get within one score before Brandon Marshall recovered the onside kick.
But after a short pass over the middle to Decker left the Jets 37 yards away from tying the game, Brandon Marshall failed to get set on Fitzpatrick’s spike to stop the clock; the false-start penalty ended it.
”I feel like we had them,” offensive lineman Willie Colon said. ”I feel like we were the better team out there, but obviously we were not. … They beat us fair and square.”
The Jets, who had won two in a row, had hoped to tie the Patriots for the AFC East lead and take control of a division that has been dominated by the four-time Super Bowl champs.
Now they must wait for the December 27th rematch in New York, when the Jets will try to beat New England for just the second time in 11 regular-season tries.
They had their shots, but couldn’t get it done. It’s just that much of a difference between right now between the quarterbacks.