Patriots quarterback Cam Newton ran for two touchdowns and Rex Burkhead added one more as the team fought back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win the game.
New England doesn’t drop too far out of contention for a playoff spot but they’re not sitting pretty at 3-5 and in third place in the AFC East.
The Jets drop to 0-9 despite a gritty performance from Joe Flacco. The veteran quarterback had three touchdown passes in the game and helped New York to their second-highest point total of the season.
New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
But a bad interception with the lead and failing to do anything with the ball with under 2 minutes to play cost the team down the stretch and helped the Patriots get a final chance to march down the field.
While the Jets loss may have put a damper on the season, fans at halftime were hoping New York would stumble. Their fans want the team to continue to lose in order to get the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft in hopes of landing Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
After the game was over, Jets fans cheered their team – almost sarcastically – as they lost their ninth straight.
Luckily, New York won’t lose next week as they will be on a bye week. The Patriots welcome the Baltimore Ravens for a Sunday night showdown.