New England Patriots’ Super Bowl Hopes Dashed: What Went Wrong Against the Jets?

January 18, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The New England Patriots' 28-21 loss to their hated rival New York Jets in the 2010 divisional playoff round is a bitter, bitter pill to swallow for Patriots fans.  But the bottom line is the Patriots got out-played and out-coached and the New York Jets deserve their victory.
That leaves one wondering, what went wrong?  Well, a lot went wrong.  Here is my take on the game with the keys to the Jets victory.
Defensive Game Plan
I would not call the Jets defensive game plan brilliant because it was copied from the San Diego Chargers, and ironically, the Cleveland Browns (who Rex Ryan’s brother Rob Ryan was the defensive coordinator of at the time). 
Once the Patriots jettisoned Randy Moss earlier this year, they really lost their only deep threat on offense.  Brandon Tate was the most likely candidate to fulfill this role, but at this stage in his early career, he just hasn’t come through.  Thus, New England eventua...

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