EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Last week, it was euphoria. Today, heartbreak. A week after pulling out a dramatic 30-27 last-second win over the Saints, the Patriots lost 30-27 to the Jets in overtime Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
The Patriots forced overtime with Stephen Gostkowski’s 44-yard field goal with 16 seconds left, but Tom Brady couldn’t get the offense moving in overtime, and the Jets marched down the field to put Nick Folk in range for the game-winning 42-yard field goal.
The Patriots thought they had the Jets stopped after Folk missed a 56-yard field goal, but rookie Chris Jones was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing a teammate upfield to try to block the kick.
Rob Gronkowski made his long-awaited return with eight catches for 114 yards, but his inability to corral a one-handed catch in the closing seconds cost the Patriots a potential game-winning touchdown.
The Jets dominated the Patriots in the trenches and battered and bruised Brady all afternoon. The Jets sacked Brady four times, including three on first down in the second half to put the Patriots’ offense in bad situations, and generally made life uncomfortable for the Patriots’ quarterback.
Brady fumbled twice, threw an interception to safety Antonio Allen that was returned for a touchdown and completed just 22-of-46 passes for 228 yards. The Patriots did average 4.5 yards per carry, but couldn’t get any rhythm established in the running game.
Overall, the Patriots called 50 passes and just 20 rushes. Offensively, the Jets got an efficient performance by quarterback Geno Smith (17-of-33 for 233 yards, one touchdown and one interception) and ran the ball consistently at the Patriots’ injury-depleted defense, rushing 52 times for 177 yards and a touchdown.
The Patriots jumped out to a 21-10 halftime lead, but the Jets took control in the third quarter by scoring 17 unanswered points. But with Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo missing because of season-ending injuries, the Patriots were unable to stop the Jets in the final minutes.
Aaron Dobson had three catches for 34 yards, Julian Edelman five catches for 44 yards and Kenbrell Thompkins two catches for 16 yards.Follow Ben Volin on Twitter at @BenVolin.