Best and worst: Patriots 41, Jets 3
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FOXBORO -- The best and worst from a festive Christmas Eve rout of the Jets by the Patriots . . .
MOST ENCOURAGING EARLY SIGN
Julian Edelman fielding his first punt of the day and making straight for the sidelines when he saw there wasn’t much going on.
At the conclusion of the Patriots first drive, Tom Brady didn’t catch Julian Edelman coming wide open in the left portion of the end zone. By the time Brady’s eyes hit Edelman, Darrelle Revis had covered him up and Brady threw it away and settled for the field goal.
On Michael Floyd’s first play for the Patriots, he lined up wide to the left, went downfield along the sideline and stole a high-arcing ball away from Jets defensive back Juston Burris. That was the upside. The downside was that he landed out of bounds.
MOST IMPACTFUL PLAY
Elandon Roberts knifed through and drilled Jets running back Khiry Robinson in the second quarter, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Malcolm Butler. As Butler tried to get upfield, Jets quarterback Brice Petty stuck out his arm and took the full force of Butler’s leg near his bicep. Petty was injured on the play.
Julian Edelman found himself jostling and shouldering with some of the Jets – including Jets coaches – after he wound up on their bench after an incompletion. It wasn’t egregious but it was not what the NFL is necessarily looking for either.
NO FUN TO TACKLE AWARD
On consecutive plays, Jets running back Bilal Powell ran over Devin McCourty and dragged Patrick Chung for about five yards, continuing to show a hard-running style that’s no fun for a defender to deal with.
HE HATES HIS COACH AWARD
Nick Folk missed a chip shot field goal in the second quarter with the Jets already trailing 13-0. If Folk cared at all about head coach Todd Bowles, who fell ill Friday but was coaching from the sidelines in the cold and the wet on Saturday, he would have made the kick.
WHEN FITZMAGIC GOES BAD
In his second series after taking over for Bryce Petty, Ryan Fitzpatrick tried to target Brandon Marshall down the left sideline. Eric Rowe was having none of it and the corner made a terrific pick
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Matt Lengel, who’d never made an NFL catch prior to Saturday, caught a seam route for a 18-yard touchdown in the second quarter making the score 20-0. That score came off the Fitzmagic interception.
WICKED AHHHHHMMMMM BAHHHHHH
Tom Brady tried to dial up a deep ball to Malcolm Mitchell late in the first half. The pass fell incomplete but a flag flew on what at first appeared good coverage. Replays showed the Jets defensive back held Mitchell’s left arm down, preventing it from coming up at all.
Darrelle Revis got whistled for defensive holding on a third-and-goal play from the Jets 2 on which Tom Brady was sacked. Two plays later, LeGarrette Blount scored his 16th touchdown of the season.
DARING TO BE DIFFERENT
Late in the third quarter, every single offensive player on the Jets started playing football simultaneously except center Wesley Johnson who refused to snap the ball. As a result, he was the only one who didn’t have a false start on the play.
CYRUS IS BACK!
With the rain having subsided and the game well in hand, the Patriots allowed butterfingered return man Cyrus Jones to take another crack and fielding and running with a punt. He was able to do both.
Jimmy Garoppolo came on for the last play of the third quarter and all of the fourth, his third time on the field since getting injured against Miami back in Week 2. During his first drive, he missed an open Michael Floyd for a would-be touchdown in the back of the end zone and instead threw incomplete.