The Jets had to go with backup quarterback Luke Falk with starter Sam Darnold on the shelf with an injury. But, the Jets’ defense played great against Tom Brady and the Patriots, holding them to only one touchdown, and New York nearly pulled off the upset! In fact, they led at one point midway through the 3rd period 7-6 after Bilal Powell’s 7-yard scoring run.
But New England did a great job stopping the Jets’ ground attack, holding the New Yorkers to only 78 yards rushing on 28 attempts, less than 3 yards per carry. Plus, they picked off Falk twice and sacked him 4 times. And the Jets’ inability to sustain consistent drives offensively gave the Pats a tangible field position advantage in the game.
And, despite a sub-par game by Brady, he was able to march New England to their lone touchdown in the final period – a short run by Sony Michel, and the Pats remain unbeaten.
The Jets, however, are still alive in this playoff tournament, but now advance to the elimination round.