Rapid reaction: Jets 28, Pats 21

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -– Rapid reaction from the Patriots' 28-21 loss to the Jets in the divisional round of the playoffs:

What it means. Shockingly, the Patriots’ season is over. The Jets’ defense flummoxed the Patriots as quarterback Tom Brady never got fully comfortable in the pocket. Brady was hit as much in this game as any game this season as the Jets’ coverage down the field was excellent. While the Patriots played poorly and clock management in the fourth quarter was questionable, this is a game that the Jets deserved to win. They made more plays.

Key turning point. One of the crucial points in the game came early in the fourth quarter after the Patriots had scored a touchdown (and 2-point conversion) to slice the Jets’ lead to 14-11. Jerricho Cotchery delivered a 58-yard catch-and-run on second down -- aided by multiple missed tackles -- and then Santonio Holmes had a dazzling 7-yard diving catch in the left-hand corner of the end zone for a touchdown and a 21-11 lead.

Questioning the fake punt. A botched fake punt hurt the Patriots at the end of the second quarter, when personal protector Patrick Chung couldn’t handle what looked to be a good snap from Matt Katula. The Jets stopped Chung, then scored an end-of-half touchdown in what was another huge swing in the game.

Welker and his benching. Patriots coach Bill Belichick kept receiver Wes Welker off the field for the first offensive series of the game, with CBS reporting that it was a “benching” after Welker’s press conference Thursday in which he made double-digit foot references. Welker’s press conference generated headlines that didn’t reflect well on the Patriots, which Belichick obviously didn’t appreciate. The “benching” was a statement that Belichick won’t tolerate those actions.

Jets back up their talk. After a week in which their trash talk dominated headlines, the Jets backed up their words with a strong performance. To come into Gillette Stadium and beat the Patriots speaks to their toughness. This was the Jets’ day. Jets coach Rex Ryan ran into the end zone to celebrate with his players after Shonn Greene's late fourth-quarter touchdown run.

What’s next. The focus now turns to the offseason and contract situations -- left guard Logan Mankins is one of the biggest situations to watch --while the Patriots coaching staff will coach the AFC team in the Pro Bowl.