Patriots escape with 15th straight win over Jets

On a soggy Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the visiting New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 15-10 thanks to a safety by Matthew Judon with 2:19 remaining.

The Patriots (1-2) increased their AFC East rival victory streak against them to 15 games, dating back to 2015. The NFL’s longest active streak against a single opponent is tied with this run by the Kansas City Chiefs against the Denver Broncos.

Zach Wilson and the Jets (1-2) tried to salvage a poor offensive showing with an 87-yard touchdown drive that reduced their deficit to 13-10 in the fourth quarter. However, after New York regained possession, Judon defeated left tackle Mekhi Becton on a third-and-long situation to sack Wilson for the second time today.

To remain in the game, the Jets forced two three-and-outs. Randall Cobb nearly missed the catch as Wilson’s last-second Hail Mary pass reached the end zone but was incomplete.

The Jets only managed 38 rushing yards, and Wilson completed 18 of his 36 throws for 157 yards. Six three-and-outs and 171 total yards (2.8 per play) were all for New York.

Ezekiel Elliott led the Patriots in rushing with a season-high 80 yards on 16 carries, and Mac Jones led the team in passing on 15 of 29 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown.

Chad Ryland’s 48-yard field goal on New England’s first possession made it 3-0 after one quarter. Ryland continued to miss during the second quarter, this time from 48 and 57 yards.

The Jets’ first five possessions, which resulted in 1 yard and one first down, were ineffective. Early in the second quarter, Wilson was sacked for 12 yards, and as the Jets went three-and-out, he was booed.

With 10:38 remaining in the half, Jones completed a play-action fake and hit tight end Pharaoh Brown over the top to give the Patriots a 10-0 lead. For his first touchdown with the Houston Texans since 2020, Brown chugged 58 yards to the end zone.

On the Jets’ sixth possession, which included a fourth-down conversion before Greg Zuerlein’s 52-yard field goal with 1:21 remaining, Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook amassed 29 rushing yards.

With 10:31 remaining in the third quarter, Ryland kicked a powerful 51-yard field goal to score 13-3 Patriots. Before the Jets’ touchdown drive, the teams combined to punt on their next six possessions.

On the drive, Wilson completed seven passes. With 5:24 remaining, fullback Nick Bawden surged in for his first career touchdown after the Jets had moved to the one after New England was called for pass interference.

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