EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Their urgency was obvious. Down, 21-10, at halftime — a margin that could easily have been wider — the Jets needed a tide-turner, a spark, anything to get them back into their biggest game of the year.
Another Patriots’ score might have flattened Gang Green for good. And nobody recognized that better than Tom Brady.
Throwing for an eventual game-breaking touchdown was his obvious plan.
Just as obviously, Quinton Coples and Antonio Allen — a couple of second-year Jets defenders — had other ideas.
In the first play of the second half, 6-foot-6-inch, 290-pound outside linebacker Coples, out of North Carolina, bulled through Brady’s protectors and sacked him for a 6-yard loss back to his 14, forcing a fumble that the Patriots quarterback recovered. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.