Pats Battle Back to Beat Jets

In a game that was much closer than it should have been, the New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 17-16 to bring their record to 12-3.

A win is a win, right?

In a game where Geno Smith's quarterback rating was actually higher than Tom Brady's, the New England Patriots managed to come from behind and beat the New York Jets 17-16.

New England trailed for most of the game, opening the second quarter with a touchdown but going down 10-7 as the half drew to a close.

They only recaptured the lead with a fourth-quarter Jonas Gray touchdown.

Brady, sacked four times, did not throw a touchdown after the drive ending in tight end Rob Gronkowski's hands, which opened the second quarter. He also threw an interception, completing 23 passes in 35 attempts.

He threw for 182 yards, with no receiver totaling more than Brandon LaFell's 64 yards. Danny Amendola had a season-high in both receptions, with eight, and yards, with 63.

Smith also had a touchdown and a pick, going 17-27 with 210 yards and being sacked twice.

The close win brings New England's record to 12-3 with one game left to play against the Buffalo Bills. Conversely, in what was likely Rex Ryan's second-to-last appearance as the Jets' head coach, his team's record falls to 3-12.

The Patriots lock up a first-round bye week. If Denver loses Monday or if the Patriots defeat the Bills next week, they will lock up home-field advantage through the playoffs.

More to come.

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