This was the game between the best quarterback in the league this season, the New England Patriots Tom Brady, with against one of the better defenses in the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. The odds favored the Patriots coming into this game, and it should be interesting whether the Jets can turn the odds on its head, like the Seattle Seahawks did against the New Orleans Saints. This game should determine whether the talk from Jets coach Rex Ryan can be put into practice, and this game should determine whether Patriots coach Bill Belichick can counter and bring the Patriots into the AFC Championship game.
Now to the post-game analysis:
- The interception caught by Jets linebacker David Harris from Tom Brady returned for 58 yards early first quarter was not costly at all, as it was limited by the Patriots defense and the missed field goal by Nick Folk. Surprising on all three accounts, from the interception to the missed field goal.
- The Jets defense brought it to Tom Brady throughout this game. Between Jets Drew Coleman and Shaun Ellis, the offensive line for the Patriots was being exposed consistently as Brady kept on being being harassed.
- Surprisingly, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez performed better than Patriots quarterback Tom Brady into the half. Sanchez had 120.1 quarterback rating on 101 yards passing and 2 touchdowns while Brady had 50.9 rating on 99 yards passing and 1 interception.
- Both running backs of the Patriots BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead were both held under 50 yards rushing.
- Wide receiver of the Jets Jerricho Cotchery had a 100 yard game.
- The 2-yard pass to Alge Crumpler from Tom Brady and the two-point conversion from Sammy Morris from the end of the third quarter changed the complexion of the Patriots offense that had been mostly quiet since the first quarter.
- Late fourth quarter, Tom Brady’s incompletion on 4th and 13 to Deion Branch shifted the momentum in the Jets favor, but the stop by the Patriots defense and the 41-yard return by Julian Edelman returned the momentum back in Patriots favor for a moment. But the Jets defense held the Patriots to only a field goal.
- The onside kick retrieved by Antonio Cromartie sealed the game for the New York Jets with two minutes left in the game by setting up the 16-yard run by Shonn Greene for a touchdown.
The New York Jets won against the New England Patriots 28-21 at Foxboro nonetheless to go into the AFC Championship game, and they had beaten the odds. Jets coach Rex Ryan stuck with his word and beaten his rival Bill Belichick. The Jets defense had proven itself, as it stifled both Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning and the New England Patriots Tom Brady. Now they will face the Pittsburgh Steelers, and this should be a battle of the defenses. It should be a physical and down-in-the-trenches kind of game.