The Patriots have played in these types of games before, and it showed Monday night with a beating that Rex Ryan and the Jets won’t soon forget, as New England took control of the division with a 45-3 thumping that was as complete as any in the league this season.
New England now sits with the best record in the AFC and the league at 10-2, while the Jets go home licking their wounds wondering what went wrong sitting at 9-3.
The game was over by the end of the first quarter as the Patriots jumped on the Jets with a field goal to start the game, and then after Nick Folk missed a field goal from 53 yards out, Tom Brady marched the Pats right down the field and after a pass interference on Eric Smith in the end zone the team went up quickly 10-0.
It would get worse for the Jets – much worse.
The Pats continued to pound away, as Brady then went to work hitting Deion Branch with a 25-yard score to quickly put the team up 17-0 with a minute still to play in the first quarter.
The Jets got a 39-yard field goal from Folk to make it 17-3 early in the second quarter, but the Pats were ready to put the game away with more points to make sure the Jets would whimper away by halftime.
Brady and the Pats got back downfield again with attacking the Jets defense, and it was a pass to Brandon Tate from four yards out to make it 24-3 at the half.
The second half would not go any better for New York, as Mark Sanchez threw an early pick, and the Pats again went on the attack, with Brady going 18 yards to Wes Welker for a score to make it 31-3, and then in the fourth quarter they scored two more times, Aaron Hernandez caught a one-yard score, and then BenJarvus Green-Ellis finished the scoring with a five-yard run to make it 45-3.
Brady was 21-for-29 for 326 yards with four TD’s and he wasn’t picked or sacked, and ended the night with a QB rating of 148.9.
Sanchez’s night was simply awful. He threw three picks, and was 17-for-33 for 164 yards and had a QB rating of 27.8. The Jets overall had 301 yards of offense, while the Pats put up just over 400 yards.
The Jets had three turnovers, were 3-for-12 on third downs, and their defense allowed 7 yards per play.
The Pats, now in control of both the AFC East and home field for the playoffs in the AFC, will head to the road to play at Chicago Sunday at 4:15pm.