When it came time to make a stop, the Jets defense couldn't make a stand.
Trailing by just six with 7:14 left, the Jets defense let the Patriots march 69 yards on 13 plays spanning 6:12 to go up nine and all but seal the game on Sunday. Perhaps even more stunning, the Patriots ran the ball on 11 of those 13 plays and the Jets couldn't figure out how to stop New England.
"It's something we take pride in but they did a great job of spreading us out and trying to run the ball so for us we have to make sure we correct things we need to do," cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
After the Jets sliced the score to 27-21 late in the fourth quarter, the Patriots took over at their own-22 yard line. One stop and the Jets could have had the momentum but they couldn't find a way to get the Patriots off the field.
The key play was a 3rd-and-4 at the Jets 46-yard line with 3:43 remaining. The Patriots used a shotgun snap directly to BenJarvus Green-Ellis and he scampered 14 yards to put the Patriots in field goal position. By the time the Patriots kicked a field goal to make it 30-21, there was just 1:06 left in the game.
"They earned it," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "The guy ran the ball kind of hard at the end. Kind of surprised me, I thought (Tom) Brady would throw it there. We did have a loaded zone over there, but he found a way to get through and get the first down."