FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New York Jets played one of their best defensive games ever against Tom Brady -- except for one play, a breakdown that proved costly in the 13-10 loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.
On the Patriots' first possession, the Jets busted a coverage, leaving rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson wide open for a 39-yard touchdown catch. On a third-and-2, the Patriots used heavy personnel, making tackle Nate Solder an eligible receiver. That must have confused the Jets, who bit hard on a play-action fake. Dobson, in a tight-wing formation, was uncovered.
Rex Ryan was ticked.
"That's hard to deal with," the Jets coach said. "We thought we had a heck of a game plan going in, thought we had a chance to win. To give a freebie like that to Brady ... we talked about it all week long. I mean, you can't afford mental mistakes against Brady."
Said defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson: "We thought it was a run, simple as that. There was a miscommunication. The linebackers have to read their keys and they read run."
Otherwise, the defense was terrific, holding the Patriots to 232 yards, 4-for-18 on third down and only 26 minutes of possession time. Brady completed only 19-of-39 passes, his first sub-50 percent game since 2009.