All week long, the New York Jets said they were going to beat the New England Patriots on Sunday. And — guess what? — the Jets did just that. No one thought the Jets actually had a chance but they went into New England and handed the Patriots a 28-21 defeat. To make it to the Super Bowl, the Jets now have to go out on the road and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Patriots got on the board first with a field goal near the end of the first quarter. However, the second quarter was all New York. LaDainian Tomlinson and Braylon Edwards both caught touchdown passes from Mark Sanchez to give the Jets a 14-3 halftime lead.
After a Tom Brady to Alge Crumpler TD pass and a subsequent two-point conversion closed the gap to 14-11, the Jets dominated the fourth quarter. Santonio Holmes caught a touchdown to make it 21-11. Following a New England field goal, Shonn Greene scored on a 16-yard run to practically end the game.
“Maybe everybody else never believed,” said Rex Ryan, head coach of the Jets, “but we believed.”
The Jets have now beaten Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts on the road and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the road. Can they beat Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road next week? This time, when they say they will, we better listen.