A game of inches became a game of legs
The 14th time’s anything but the charm for the New York Jets.
Gang Green’s futility against the New England Patriots continued in the most heartbreaking fashion on Sunday, as they dropped a 10-3 defensive struggle to their bitter rivals, their 14th consecutive defeat in the divisional rivalry. Marcus Jones scored the only touchdown of the game on an 84-yard punt return with five seconds remaining, capping off a sloppy defensive struggle.
MARCUS JONES ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Game winner. 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ZJdLzAVbeP
— Pats Buzz (@PatsBuzz) November 20, 2022
Jones’ winning score drearily outpaced Zach Wilson‘s 77-yard day, 34 of which came on a single reception to Denzel Mims in the first half. As a whole, New York (6-4) mustered only 29 yards of offense in the second half, wasting a dominant pass rush effort from the defense.
Six different Jets had sacks on the afternoon, as they likewise held New England to only a field goal from Nick Folk. With the Jets only able to counter with a similar triple from Greg Zuerlein en route to a 3-3 halftime score, the two teams combined for only 19 first downs and neither reached 300 yards. New England (6-4) won that battle 297-103 and likewise raised the pressure with four sacks of their own.
Jets fourth-round rookie Micheal Clemons picks up his second sack of the season.
Shows some nice power here and benefits from Mac Jones not moving up in the pocket. pic.twitter.com/qwjnMndD6B
— Seven Rounds in Heaven (@7RoundsInHeaven) November 20, 2022
— 🗽NYJETS🗽TWEETZ🗽 (@NYJETSTWEETZ) November 20, 2022
With the loss, New York missed out on an opportunity to take over first place in the AFC East and also dropped its first road game of the season. The Jets’ next opportunity for redemption comes in an interconference showdown next week when they take on the Chicago Bears at home on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, Fox).
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Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags