PLAY OF THE GAME
SITUATION: The Patriots were leading, 28-0, when they faced third and 5 at the Jets’ 44-yard line with 3:17 left in the second quarter.
WHAT HAPPENED: The Jets were probably entertaining thoughts of a stop and then a double score sandwiched around halftime to get back into the game. The Patriots had other ideas when Tom Brady saw the Jets had their safeties playing shallow at about 10 yards from the line of scrimmage. The Jets played Cover 2 with the two safeties providing deep coverage. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) properly covered Aaron Hernandez (81) in the flat, which meant safety LaRon Landry (30) had to take Julian Edelman (11) on his skinny post pattern. Landry never got deep enough, perhaps hoping Edelman would run a crossing route, and Edelman easily sped past him. Brady got rid of the ball in 2.58 seconds against a delayed blitz and threw it 37 yards in the air for a score that made it 35-0 and effectively ended the game.
ON HIS GAME
Vince Wilfork, defensive tackle
A complete monster with a forced fumble, three solo and two half run stuffs (1 yard or less outside of short yardage), and three other standout plays against the run, taking up blockers to free up the linebackers for big plays.
OFF HIS GAME
Tavon Wilson, safety
Only played eight snaps and was slow reacting to Jeremy Kerley’s 36-yard reception and missed a chance at a tackle, and then allowed Dustin Keller to easily go past him for the final touchdown.
Greg A. Bedard