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Final: Patriots 30, Jets 21

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  October 9, 2011 04:06 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns, Stephen Gostkowski kicked three field goals and the Patriots bested the New York Jets 30-21.

The Patriots are now 4-1 on the year, while their AFC East rival Jets drop to 2-3.

The Patriots defense proved its mettle in the game, holding the Jets to seven three-and-outs in the game.

1:02 4th quarter: Patriots 30, Jets 21 -- Powered by BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the Patriots marched down the field -- while killing the clock -- and Stephen Gostkowski kicked his third field goal of the night to extend the Patriots' lead.

Green-Ellis ran the ball 10 times on the 13-play drive, picking up 62 yards. He has 136 yards on the night. It's the fourth 100-yard game of his career.

7:14 4th quarter: Patriots 27, Jets 21 -- Mark Sanchez found Santonio Holmes for a 21-yard touchdown.

The Jets drove 85 yards on 11 plays in 5:43. For every drive the Jets have not gone three-and-out, they've scored a touchdown now.

Sanchez had key passes to Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason on the drive. Mason went over 12,000 receiving yards in his career on a seven-yard catch.

Matthew Slater left the game earlier with a rib injury. His return is questionable.

12:57 4th quarter: Patriots 27, Jets 14 -- Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 24-yard field goal -- his second field goal of the day -- and the Patriots capitalized on a good punt return by Wes Welker.

End of the third quarter: Patriots 24, Jets 14 -- The Patriots have held the Jets offense to seven three-and-outs in nine drives today. It's their best outing of the season.

0:26 3rd quarter: Patriots 24, Jets 14 -- What looked like a completed pass from Jets QB Mark Sanchez to Plaxico Burress for 22 yards, was overturned after Bill Belichick's second challenge of the night. Burresss unfortunately couldn't get his second foot in bounds on the catch at the sideline. It was the Jets' seventh three-and-out.

1:32 3rd quarter: Patriots 24, Jets 14 -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis added in another three-yard touchdown run as the Patriots went up 24-14.

Green-Ellis has 15 carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

The Patriots' drive was 11 plays, 77 yards in 4:12.

5:32 3rd quarter: Patriots 17, Jets 14 -- Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington had a chance to sack Jets QB Mark Sanchez on third-and-10, but couldn't hold on. Despite the missed opportunity, Sanchez threw an incomplete pass giving the Jets six three-and-outs in the game. It's both a testament to the Patriots defense and Jets' foibles on offense.

7:19 3rd quarter: Patriots 17, Jets 14 -- Tom Brady continues to receive pressure. This time he was rushed into a throw on third-and-10 that he didn't complete. The Patriots punt to give the ball right back to the Jets.

8:13 3rd quarter: Patriots 17, Jets 14 -- The Patriots defense held the Jets to another three-and-out. James Ihedigbo, who started in place of Josh Barrett, got a nice tackle on Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley a couple yards shy of a first down to force New York to punt.

9:37 3rd quarter: Patriots 17, Jets 14 -- The Patriots go three-and-out after two runs and an incomplete pass intended for Wes Welker.

11:02 3rd quarter: Patriots 17, Jets 14 -- Thanks in large part to an 88-yard kickoff return by Joe McKnight, the Jets responded quickly to the Patriots with a touchdown of their own to open the second half. Mark Sanchez hit receiver Jeremy Kerley for a nine-yard TD pass after three plays.

13:15 3rd quarter: Patriots 17, Jets 7 -- Tom Brady hit Deion Branch for a 2-yard touchdown pass.

The touchdown pass, Brady's 275th of his career, tied Vinny Testaverde for eighth all-time in the NFL.

The Patriots drove 80 yards in four plays, thanks largely to a drive-opening 73-yard pass play to Wes Welker. Welker, currently with 120 yards receiving in the game, now has more receiving yards through five games than any other receiver in NFL history, according to the Patriots.

15:00 3rd quarter: Patriots 10, Jets 7 -- We're about underway in the second half. The Patriots are receiving.

End of the 2nd quarter: Patriots 10, Jets 7 -- A promising Patriots drive came to a close with a Tom Brady interception in the end zone by Antonio Cromartie. Brady's pass, intended for Aaron Hernandez, went right off the tight end's hands. Cromartie returned it 42 yards before being knocked out of bounds by Nate Solder.

Brady is 13 of 17 for 157 yards and an interception so far today. He's been sacked three times already in what surely isn't a good sign for top offense in the NFL.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been a bright spot for the Patriots though, rushing for 51 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

3:21 2nd quarter: Patriots 10, Jets 7 -- Shaun Greene punched in a 3-yard TD run to cap the Jets' first sustained drive.

Greene carried the ball eight times on the 13-play, 78-yard drive for 34 yards, showing that the Jets were willing to go back to their "ground and pound" image.

The Jets recorded four first downs on the drive after not recording one in their previous four drives.

11:15 2nd quarter: Patriots 10, Jets 0 -- Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 44-yard field goal to extend the Patriots' lead.

The Patriots drive stalled after six plays and only 18 yards of offense.

End of the first quarter: Patriots 7, Jets 0 -- The first quarter comes to a close with the Patriots up 7-0 and the Jets offense unable to get a drive going. The Patriots defense has been helped a bit by key drops from Jets receivers, including Santonio Holmes who notably critiqued his quarterback last week.

0:56 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Jets 0 -- TE Aaron Hernandez's knee doesn't seem to be affecting his speed. Unfortunately, him outrunning the Jets secondary doesn't mean he'll always come down with a catch. Tom Brady overthrew Hernandez for the second time today to end the Patriots' drive. Brady was sacked on the drive by the Jets' Ropati Pitoitua for a six-yard loss. It was Pitoitua's first career sack.

6:15 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Jets 0 -- Mark Anderson and Rob Ninkovich split a sack on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez as New York goes three-and-out.

7:32 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Jets 0 -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis dragged a Jets defender for a 3-yard touchdown for the game's first score.

The drive saw a heavy dose of Green-Ellis. He had four rushes for 27 yards. The big play on the drive was Tom Brady's 32-yard pass to Wes Welker. The drive was 5 plays, 64 yards in 2:34.

12:03 1st quarter -- Tom Brady threw a deep pass for Aaron Hernandez on 3rd and 7, but he led him too much. The Patriots' first drive only lasted four plays.

13:55 1st quarter -- Leigh Bodden broke up a Mark Sanchez pass to Dustin Keller as the Jets went three-and-out on their opening drive.

15:00 1st quarter -- The Jets will receive. Game on.
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