Jets fans burned Tom Brady effigy before Sunday's game

Taylor Byrd
October 16, 2017

Targeted 10 times by Tom Brady, Gronkowski caught six passes for 83 yards and a pair of scores in the Patriots' 24-17 victory.

All's well that ends well, Patriots fans could argue, but two Rob Gronkowski touchdowns and a pleasing final result doesn't excuse the first-quarter failures that put New England in a hole before Brady's Bunch even had a chance to take the field. If the Patriots aren't leading the National Football League in giving up big plays, they have to be close. The play was reviewed, though, and it was determined Seferian-Jenkins fumbled the ball and it went out of bounds in the end zone.

The Jets jumped out to a 14-0 lead, shocking the crowd which was about 50 percent Patriots fans. His second touchdown of the day, a 31-yard strike to Jeremy Kerley, came on a play where McCown had to scramble to avoid a sack.

The game swung in the second quarter. His first touchdown went to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is beginning to emerge as a legit weapon in the red zone.

Instead, Brady drove the Patriots down the field for a touchdown. Perhaps worse for his longer-term prospects for playing time, though, might've been the job Dion Lewis did both before and after Gillislee was apparently benched.

The turnover gave the Patriots the ball at their own 37 with 35 seconds left in the half. This week New England doesn't have to worry about the deep ball or getting beat over the top but they do need to handle the short pass game and the run. If the refs had let the touchdown stand, this game could have been closer. After going down 14-0, New England outscored the New York Jets 24-3 to finish off the game. In the receiving end, Brandin Cooks posted 85 yards in five receptions while Danny Amendola added 77 yards in eight catches. "We haven't played particularly well in the fourth quarter".

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