WRITTEN BY JUSTIN WORSLEY
BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 136 yards and two scores as the New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 30-21 in Foxboro.
The Patriots (4-1) never trailed in the game and also had monster days from Tom Brady (321 passing yards, one touchdown) and Wes Welker (five receptions for 124 yards.)
Jets (2-3) quarterback Mark Sanchez only threw for two touchdowns and did not throw an interception in a losing effort.
Green-Ellis scored the opening touchdown midway through the first quarter from three yards out to give New England the early lead. On that drive, Green-Ellis rushed for 27 yards on four carries.
New England would score a field goal in the second quarter to put the Patriots up 10-0 before the Jets found the end zone. Shonn Greene ended a 13 play, 77 yard drive with a three yard touchdown.
In the opening drive of the third quarter, Brady found an open Deion Branch in the end zone for a touchdown. The touchdown was the 275th of Brady’s career, moving him into a tie for eighth place on the NFL’s all-time passing touchdown leaders with former Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde.
Joe McKnight gave the Jets offense a spark on the following kickoff when he returned the ball 88 yards before being pushed out of bounds at the Patriots 20 yard line. Mark Sanchez would connect with Kerley three plays later to cut New England’s lead to 17-14.
Later in the quarter, the Patriots used a no-huddle offense on an 11 play, 77 yard drive which ended with Green-Ellis scoring his second touchdown of the game. On that drive, Brady completed five of his six passes for 57 yards.
Down 27-14, the Jets tried to stage a comeback. Santonio Holmes caught a touchdown pass from Sanchez to cut the Patriots lead to only six points, however, New England followed with a 13 play drive which ended with a field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. Not only did the field goal give New England a two-possession lead, it also ate the clock, giving the Jets only 1:02 left to score.
New England will stay at home next week to host the Dallas Cowboys while New York hosts Miami next Monday night.
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