2011 NFL Playoffs: Patriots Play Footloose with Jets and Get Burned

January 18, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Okay, let me be the first to state the obvious: I was wrong. I had the Patriots winning this weekend's match up in the divisional round of the playoffs but as it turns out, the Patriots were outplayed, out-coached, and ran out of time. This game was won in the first half when New England fell behind five points before halftime. 
In what had become a familiar refrain for New England fans all over, we all expected the Patriots' opponents to go toe-to-toe with them until they make some questionable decision in the fourth quarter or left just enough time on the clock for Tom Brady to lead a game winning drive capped by a last second field goal. It turns out that the Jets too had learned from their mistakes against the Pats and were ready to take a bold step forward. 
The New York Jets were bold, rushing for a combined 129 yards on 29 carries that allowed second-year quarterback, Mark Sanchez to dictate the pace of the game with timely passes and catches by his receivers...

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