NFL Thanksgiving Day: Hapless New York Jets get tamed by Tom Brady and New England Patriots
The New York Jets produced a comedy of errors as the New England Patriots enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast of a 49-19 win.
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH
Last Updated: 23/11/12 5:10am
The New York Jets endured a Thanksgiving to forget as they produced a hapless display when getting sliced apart by the New England Patriots in the Big Apple.
The Patriots exploded as the Jets imploded in a mind-boggling second quarter when Tom Brady and his troops put up 35 unanswered points - although the home side themselves has assists on more than one of those scores.
New England ran in three touchdowns in the space of a minute, two of them coming from fumbles by the Jets on consecutive plays as Rex Ryan's side descended into the farcical in front of a bewildered home crowd at the MetLife Stadium.
After the Jets had somehow left Wes Welker all alone in the end zone for the first touchdown of the game, they then allowed Shane Vereen to gallop 83 yards down the left sideline to double the away side's advantage.
It went from bad to worse when Jets QB Mark Sanchez slide into the rear end of his own lineman and fumbled the ball enabling Steve Gregory, who had two recovered fumbles and an interception on the night, to stroll in from 32 yards.
On the resulting kick-off, Joe McKnight then fumbled and the ball popped up to Julian Edelman who stormed away to make it 28-0 - and it was the same man who then caught a 56-yard Brady pass for his second score of the night.
Even when New York got on the board they were booed by the crowd as they elected to kick a field goal late in the half to avoid being shut out, but they were then awarded a safety in the second half for a Stevan Ridley chop block.
Bilal Powell then ran in for four yards and the Jets suddenly had 12 points on the board, but it only served to stir Brady again who dived in from a yard himself before setting up a nine-yard TD run from Ridley for 49-12.
Sanchez did manage to get his act together to find a touchdown pass for tight end Dustin Keller in garbage time, but it did not stop the howls for Tim Tebow that rang around those fans still left in the stadium late on.
Brady finished the night with 323 yards and three touchdown passes with the offence well spread out as Ridley had 97 rushing yards and Vereen had 42 yards on the ground and led the receivers with 91 yards on just two catches.
Sanchez had 301 yards one TD and one interception, but although that stat line does not look too bad, his plus points came with the Pats having taken their foot off the gas, while the comical fumble will not have helped his reputation with the New York fans.
The five overall turnovers for the Jets told the story as the Jets slipped to 4-7 and in deep trouble, while the Pats marched effortlessly onto 8-3 and cruising to yet another AFC East title.