EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J — It wasn’t the prettiest win, but the Patriots will take it.
Tom Brady threw for 329 yards on 26 of 39 passing and three touchdowns as the Patriots beat the New York Jets 37-16.
Rob Gronkowski caught eight passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. LB Rob Ninkovich picked off Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and returned it for a touchdown.
Patriots DE Andre Carter recorded a franchise record 4.5 sacks in the game.
7:45 4th quarter: Patriots 37, Jets 16 — Rob Ninkovich intercepted Mark Sanchez again and broke loose for a pick six. It was a 12-yard return. The pass was intended LaDainian Tomlinson.
8:04 4th quarter: Patriots 30, Jets 16 — Tom Brady went 7 of 7 for 65 yards, including an 8-yard TD pass to Deion Branch in the Patriots’ last drive, relying on the team’s patented hurry up offense.
The drive was 13 plays, 84 yards in 6:51.
14:55 4th quarter: Patriots 23, Jets 16 — Mark Sanchez threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress over Patriots CB Antwaun Molden who replaced Devin McCourty.
The scoring strike capped 10-play, 71-yard drive.
End of the 3rd quarter: Patriots 23, Jets 9 — Patriots safety James Ihedigbo went down with an injury before the third quarter came to a close.
4:44 3rd quarter: Patriots 23, Jets 9 — Tom Brady threw another touchdown to Rob Gronkowski, this time a 5-yarder, capitalizing on Mark Sanchez’ interception.
After the touchdown grab — Gronkowski’s second of the day — he spiked the ball in Jets DB Donald Strickland’s face. He was whistled for unsportsman-like conduct.
7:24 3rd quarter: Patriots 16, Jets 9 — Rob Ninkovich intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass after it bounced off Shonn Greene’s hands and then was tipped by Jerod Mayo before landing in his hands.
9:55 3rd quarter: Patriots 16, Jets 9 — Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 27-yard field goal as the Patriots increased their lead by a touchdown.
The Patriots did have a touchdown on the board, but it was called back after review because Rob Gronkowski stepped out of bounds before coming back to grab Tom Brady’s pass.
The touchdown was set up by a muffed punt return by the Jets’ Joe McKnight. Patriots LB Niko Koutouvides.
11:41 3rd quarter: Patriots 13, Jets 9 — After a three and out, the Jets fumble on the punt return. The Patriots recovered at the Jets 12-yard line.
12:57 3rd quarter: Patriots 13, Jets 9 — Three straight passes by Mark Sanchez and three straight incompletions. Kyle Arrington provided good defense on Plaxico Burress on 3rd and 10.
13:30 3rd quarter: Patriots 13, Jets 9 — A three and out for the Patriots on their opening drive of the second half. Tom Brady couldn’t connect with Rob Gronkowski on third and seven.
14:54 3rd quarter: Patriots 13, Jets 9 — And we’re back. Patriots with the ball.
End of the 2nd quarter: Patriots 13, Jets 9 — Tom Brady is 12 of 22 for 194 yards and a touchdown through the first half. His favorite target so far has been TE Rob Gronkowski, who has five catches for 79 yards and was on the receiving end of Brady’s touchdown throw.
Also of note, Chad Ochocinco has two catches for 65 yards.
0:09 2nd quarter: Patriots 13, Jets 9 — Tom Brady threw a 18-yard TD pass to Rob Gronkowski.
The Patriots were helped by a 15-yard face mask call on the Jets’ Eric Smith and a holding call on CB Darrelle Revis.
The Patriots went 80 yards in 1:11, including Brady’s touchdown pass to Gronkowski.
1:20 2nd quarter: Jets 9, Patriots 6 — Mark Sanchez took a quarterback draw two yards for a touchdown as the Jets overtook the Patriots.
Key plays on the drive were a Sanchez pass to Patrick Turner for 22 yards and a LaDainian Tomlinson run for 15 yards.
After the PAT, Vince Wilfork was in the middle of scrum, getting whistled for a penalty for unnecessary roughness to be assessed on the kickoff.
4:44 2nd quarter: Patriots 6, Jets 2 — Tom Brady was whistled for an intentional grounding resulting in a safety after Jets LB Jamaal Westerman hit the Patriots QB in the end zone.
Devin McCourty has a shoulder injury and his return is questionable.
5:22 2nd quarter: Patriots 6, Jets 0 — Patriots CB Devin McCourty was injured after he was hit by teammate Sterling Moore while defending a pass to Plaxico Burress. He went to the locker room.
6:59 2nd quarter: Patriots 6, Jets 0 — A holding call on Logan Mankins, disrupted the Patriots’ drive before it got started. The team ran four plays before punting the ball away.
9:12 2nd quarter: Patriots 6, Jets 0 — Andre Carter pressured Mark Sanchez into making an intentional grounding and Mark Anderson took the hurried Jets QB down from behind to force a punt.
This is the third game this season that Carter has two sacks in a game.
12:59 2nd quarter: Patriots 6, Jets 0 — Tom Brady missed three straight passes as the Patriots drive stalled in the second quarter.
13:53 2nd quarter: Patriots 6, Jets 0 — A pass interference call on Plaxico Burress killed the Jets’ drive. From replays, it didn’t appear that Burress pushed off on Devin McCourty to get open for a reception on third down. The Jets ended up punting anyways.
End of the 1st quarter: Patriots 6, Jets 0 — Andre Carter now has two sacks for the Patriots today, disrupting the Jets offense.
2:31 1st quarter: Patriots 6, Jets 0 — Stephen Gostkowski kicked his second field goal of the first quarter, this one a 36-yarder, to up the Patriots’ lead.
The scoring play was keyed by a Tom Brady pass to Chad Ochocinco for 53 yards.
Stephen Ridley had three carries for two yards on the drive.
RG Brian Waters returned to the game.
5:34 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Jets 0 — Andre Carter sacked Jets QB Mark Sanchez for a loss of seven yards to kill New York’s drive.
It didn’t help that Sanchez sailed a pass over Dustin Keller’s head a play earlier to set up a third and long situation.
8:10 1st quarter: Patriots 3, Jets 0 — Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 50-yard field goal to put the Patriots on the board first.
According to the Patriots, that was his first attempt from 50 yards or more this year. He’s 5 of 7 from 50+ yards deep in his career.
We got a Chad Ochocinco sighting. Brady connected with the receiver for a 12-yard reception.
The Patriots’ drive was stalled with rush for a loss by BenJarvus Green-Ellis, an incomplete pass to Wes Welker and a pass batted down by the Jets’ Kyle Wilson.
Patriots OL Brian Waters was hurt on the drive. He was replaced by Ryan Wendell at right guard.
11:38 1st quarter — Jets kicker Nick Folk missed a 24-yard field goal attempt wide left in the game’s opening drive.
What we’ve learned from the Jets’ first drive: They’re going to pass the ball. Mark Sanchez connected with Santonio Holmes twice for 43 yards. He even got Plaxico Burress involved on the first drive, hitting him for 11 yards. But the Jets ran up against a stingy red zone defense from the Patriots.
15:00 1st quarter — The Patriots won the toss and deferred. The New York Jets receive. Game on!
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — We’re about to get underway here at MetLife Stadium with the Jets hosting the Patriots. Stay here for updates throughout the game.
Enjoy the game.