Jets upset Patriots, will meet Steelers for AFC title
The fans had little to cheer about early in the game.
The Patriots first series ended when David Harris intercepted the ball and ran 58 yards before a determined tight end Alge Crumpler finally caught up and tackled him at the Patriots 12. The Jets wasted the opportunity when Folk’s 30-yard field goal attempt went wide left.
New England settled for a 34-yard field goal by Shayne Graham and a 3-0 lead one play after Shaun Ellis sacked Brady for the second time on the series.
Sanchez was off-target early, overthrowing three open receivers on his first three possessions. After throwing a low incompletion on the next series, the second-year quarterback with the 4-1 postseason record finally found his range.
He found Jerricho Cotchery for 9 yards, setting up a third-and-6 at the Patriots 45. New England forced him out of the pocket on the next play, but he scrambled away from the pressure and unloaded a 37-yard completion that Edwards caught on the left sideline at the 8. Tomlinson then ran one yard before scoring on a 7-yard pass that put the Jets ahead to stay.
The Patriots frustration showed when left guard Logan Mankins drew an unnecessary roughness penalty when he shoved Marquice Cole after the whistle. Brady took a knee on the next play, ending the half.
Notes: The Patriots lost for the first time in nine games and were held to their third lowest point total in a game. The Jets and Cleveland held them to 14 points this season. … The Jets set a franchise record for road victories in a season with their eighth, one more than last season’s team.