EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 09: Nick Folk #6 of the New England Patriots kicks the game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the second half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on November 09, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Old friend Nick Folk drilled the 51-yard game-winning field goal that gave the New England Patriots a 30-27 win over the New York Jets.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The Jacksonville Jaguars nearly took control of their own destiny in the Trevor Lawrence tank race. But courtesy of a Nick Folk 51-yard field goal with no time left on the clock, there’s still one winless team in the NFL.

The New England Patriots’ 30-27 come-from-behind victory over the New York Jets on Monday night keeps the tank talk alive and well in Northern New Jersey.

The man who used to force Rex Ryan to scream, “Folk Hero!,” did it for Bill Belichick’s squad and against his former organization. The Pats’ game-winning drive wasn’t impressive—45 yards on eight plays—but it certainly got the job done by setting Folk up with just three seconds to go in the game.

Joe Flacco put up a starring performance at age 35. His 262 yards and three touchdowns (to one interception) through the air paced the Jets all night. He hit Breshad Perriman for two scores and Jamison Crowder for another.

It started in the second quarter when Flacco found Perriman on a 50-yard score.

Perriman finished with 101 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions. He and his teammates took advantage of a Patriots defense that played aggressively all night. The Jets finally let the quarterback loose while looking to take advantage of those one-on-one matchups.

Up 13-10 late in the second quarter, Flacco found Crowder in the red zone on a corner route. It was originally ruled incomplete but a further look under the hood confirmed the two feet in-bounds.

Flacco found Perriman again, this time late in the third quarter to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive.

New England’s three scores came courtesy of Cam Newton and Rex Burkhead touchdown runs.

The first Newton touchdown put his team up 7-3 in the first quarter, while the Burkhead score helped the Pats cut the Jets’ lead to 20-17 in the third quarter.

Newton’s second score was the one that got the Pats even with the Jets late in the game. His plunge with just 3:34 in regulation knotted the score at 27.

Flacco and the Jets had a shot to drive the length of the field for a game-winner, but a free blitzer right down the gut on third down put an end to any such hope.

A Flacco interception with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter also dashed the Jets’ hopes. He seemed to force one deep into double coverage where J.C. Jackson swiped it.

For the most part, especially early on, the Jets controlled the game. They were able to run the ball decently well, but it was the passing game that really clicked.

New England ran the ball a lot better, which turned out to be the difference in the game. The Pats finished with 159 yards on 41 attempts, good enough for a 3.9 yards per carry. Damien Harris racked up 71 yards on 14 carries to lead the team.

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It was Newton’s inability to force the ball downfield that put New England in poor shape for most of the night. Newton finished with 274 yards and no touchdowns through the air on 27 of 35 passing.

Jets kicker Sergio Castillo once again had himself a good game. He finished a perfect 2-for-2 on field goals with a long of 50. Folk finished a perfect 3-for-3 including the game-winner.

Next up for the New York Jets will be the bye week.

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Dark Demonik
Dark Demonik
2 years ago

When Nick Folk hit that game winner i knew it was a no doubter. Nick Folk is always clutch for the Jets *now a Patriot* A lost is a Win lets get to #1 Trevor Lawrence #Destiny