FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots needed its defense to come up big tonight. Jermaine Cunningham and Rob Ninkovich came up with a huge sack and forced fumble in overtime as the Patriots held on for a 29-26 win over the New York Jets Sunday in overtime.
Devin McCourty returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown and later fumbled on kickoff return, leaving an opening for the Jets to take the lead. But the defense held the Jets to a 43-yard field goal by Jets kicker Nick Folk in the fourth quarter, giving the Patriots enough of an opening to come back and tie the game. Stephen Gostkowski hit a 43-yard field goal to tie the game and nailed a 48-yard attempt in overtime for the game-winner.
FINAL 7:28 OT: Patriots 29, Jets 26 — Jermaine Cunningham sacked Mark Sanchez and Rob Ninkovich hit Sanchez up high, forcing a fumble. Ninkovich recovered the fumble as the Patriots held on to beat the Jets 29-26.
The Patriots are now 4-3 on the season.
11:07 OT: Patriots 29, Jets 26 — Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 48-yard field goal.
The Patriots had trouble converting on a third down at the Jets’ 34-yard line, setting up Gostkowski’s field goal. Tom Brady was looking for Aaron Hernandez on the sideline for a quick first down, but he was draped by the Jets’ Kyle Wilson. Wilson had been called for pass interference on the drive earlier for aggressive coverage of Hernandez on third down.
15:00 OT: Patriots 26, Jets 26 — The Patriots receive the ball first in overtime.
End of regulation: Patriots 26, Jets 26 — Stephen Gostkowski hit a last-second 43-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. The Patriots drove 54 yards to get Gostkowski in position.
Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski and Danny Woodhead for two passes each to keep the chains moving.
1:42 4th quarter: Jets 26, Patriots 23 — Nick Folk kicked his third field goal of the day as the Jets took a 3-point lead over the Patriots with 1:37 left in the game.
The Jets were able to capitalize on Devin McCourty’s kickoff fumble, but have allowed the Patriots enough time to mount a game-winning comeback drive.
2:01 4th quarter: Patriots 23, Jets 23 — Devin McCourty, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown earlier in the game, fumbled after a 15-yard return after the Jets tied up the game. The Jets’ Antonio Allen recovered the fumble. The Jets take over at the 18-yard line.
2:06 4th quarter: Patriots 23, Jets 23 — Jets receiver Stephen Hill dropped a huge third down pass that would’ve put New York in the red zone. Instead, the Jets’ Nick Folk kicked a 43-yard field to tie the game up with a little more than two minutes remaining. It was a six-play, 40-yard drive for the Jets.
4:31 4th quarter: Patriots 23, Jets 20 — All it takes is one bad play to mess up the Patriots’ mojo. Receiver Brandon Lloyd was flagged for offensive pass interference on the Patriots’ first play of the drive and the drive was dead in the water. Tom Brady threw two incompletions and Stevan Ridley rushed for 4 yards as the Patriots punted for the sixth time of the game.
5:44 4th quarter: Patriots 23, Jets 20 — Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez orchestrated a 14-play, 92-yard drive in which he went 9 of 10 passing, hitting tight end Dustin Keller for a 7-yard touchdown to make it a one score game. The drive spanned 6:58.
13:01 4th quarter: Patriots 23, Jets 13 — Tom Brady threw a screen pass to Wes Welker that resulted in a loss of 2 yards and threw another screen to Danny Woodhead for a loss of 3 yards as the Patriots were forced to punt for the fifth time.
End of third quarter: Patriots 23, Jets 13 — The Patriots are in prime position to put the game away, up by 10 and driving as the third quarter ends.
1:04 3d quarter: Patriots 23, Jets 13 — The Patriots benefited from another penalty on the Jets, who were caught holding on a 3rd-and-6 that led to their third punt of the night.
3:26 3d quarter: Patriots 23, Jets 13 — Tom Brady hit Aaron Hernandez for a 16-yard pass that got the Patriots down to the 1-yard line, but Hernandez appeared to fumble the ball. It was ruled a fumble on the play, but it was reviewed and overturned. Three plays later, Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski on a quick out for a 2-yard touchdown, capping a 15-play, 83 yard drive.
9:36 3d quarter: Patriots 16, Jets 13 — Nick Folk kicked a 21-yard field goal to bring the Jets within three points of the Patriots.
The Patriots gave up their fourth passing play of 20 plus yards on a 23-yard throw from Mark Sanchez to Dustin Keller as the Jets drove 65 yards on 11 plays in 5:27.
Patriots cornerback Ras-I Dowling defended Jets receiver Chaz Schillens well on the goal line to force the field goal.
15:00 3d quarter: Patriots 16, Jets 10 — The Patriots are set to kick off for the second half.
Halftime: Patriots 16, Jets 10 — The Patriots were able to come up with two turnovers, including a safety against the Jets, but the team’s offense is having a tough time. Tom Brady is 9 of 17 for 112 yards and Stevan Ridley has nine carries for 34 yards as the Patriots have been helped by cornerback Devin McCourty’s 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to keep the lead. They’ve punted four times and the Jets were able to at least get a field goal before half.
Mark Sanchez is 12 of 21 for 138 yards and an interception for the Jets while Shonn Greene has rushed for 34 yards on nine carries. Jets receiver Jeremy Kerley has four catches for 77 yards.
0:02 2d quarter: Patriots 16, Jets 10 — Jets kicker Nick Folk booted a 54-yard field goal after a 12-play, 59-yard drive by the Jets to bring the second quarter to a close.
5:15 2d quarter: Patriots 16, Jets 7 — Rob Gronkowski dropped a pass on third-and-3 as the Patriots were forced to punt but were rewarded with a generous 15-yard face mask penalty on the Jets’ Nick Bellore that kept the drive going. The Patriots were unable to do anything with it though, getting three more plays on the drive before being forced to punt for the fourth time of the game.
7:37 2d quarter: Patriots 16, Jets 7 — Mark Sanchez threw a spectacularly under thrown ball to Stephen Hill that Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was able to intercept and give the Patriots the ball back on their own 2-yard line.
11:20 2d quarter: Patriots 16, Jets 7 — Three straight runs by Stevan Ridley followed by a sack on Tom Brady on third-and-5. The Patriots gave the ball back to the Jets after the safety, with Quinton Coples getting the sack on Brady with some help from linebacker David Harris.
13:10 2d quarter: Patriots 16, Jets 7 — Jets RB Shonn Greene fumbled on a handoff from Mark Sanchez, who kicked the ball out of the back of his end zone to prevent a Patriots recovery as the Jets were dinged with a safety on the miscue. The Patriots get the ball back on the Jets’ error.
13:30 2d quarter: Patriots 14, Jets 7 — Patriots guard Donald Thomas was flagged for holding on a second-and-10 as the Patriots were unable to come up with their third first down on their last drive to make up for it.
End of 1st quarter: Patriots 14, Jets 7 — They’ve now credited the earlier sack to Kyle Love. Originally, it had been given to Jermaine Cunningham, then Chandler Jones. Each helped with the pressure on Mark Sanchez.
Patriots guard Dan Connolly is sick. That’s why he’s been in and out of today’s game. His return is questionable.
2:55 1st quarter: Patriots 14, Jets 7 — A false start on Jets guard Brandon Moore and a fumble by Jets running back Shonn Greene that was recovered by the Jets helped the Patriots stall the New York’s last drive.
4:11 1st quarter: Patriots 14, Jets 7 — When in doubt, throw it up to Rob Gronkowski. Tom Brady lobbed a 17-yard touchdown to Gronkowski over Jets safety LaRon Landry as the Patriots took the lead on a 7-play, 58-yard drive.
Gronkowski also caught a 19-yard pass on the drive.
6:37 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Jets 7 — Chandler Jones was helped by Jermaine Cunningham and Kyle Love on a 4-yard sack of Mark Sanchez as the Patriots held the Jets to a three-and-out.
8:39 1st quarter: Patriots 7, Jets 7 — Devin McCourty returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown, breaking free on the left side of the field before sprinting past Jets kicker Nick Folk for the score to tie the game.
It was McCourty’s first touchdown in the NFL.
8:51 1st quarter: Jets 7, Patriots 0 — Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez put together a 11-play, 76-yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Shonn Greene.
The Patriots’ secondary, which featured Devin McCourty at safety and Alfonzo Dennard at left corner, gave up two pass plays of 20 yards or more in the Jets’ opening drive. Ras-I Dowling came in on a third down and was called for holding, allowing for another Jets first down on the drive.
Tim Tebow picked up a first down for the Jets in the red zone, rushing for three yards near the goal line.
13:47 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Jets 0 — The Patriots started with Donald Thomas at left guard for Logan Mankins and Shane Vereen at running back for the first series. Vereen picked up two first downs before the Patriots’ drive was stalled on back to back incomplete passes from Tom Brady to Brandon Lloyd.
15:00 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Jets 0 — The Jets won the coin toss and have elected to defer. The Patriots will receive to start the game.
Pregame: On a beautiful fall day in New England, the Patriots are set to take on the New York Jets. It’s 60 degrees right now in Foxborough with temperatures going to dip into the 50s by the time the game is over. The wind is blowing at about 13 miles per hour.
I’ll have updates here throughout the day for each series. Enjoy the game.