Brady rallies Patriots to a victory over Jets
Brady ties Manning with his 200th career victory as New England deals New York 3rd straight loss
A late TD pass from Tom Brady and fumble from Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Patriots to a 22-17 win over the Jets.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. >> Tom Brady tied Peyton Manning for the most wins by a quarterback in NFL history, getting his 200th by throwing a go-ahead 8-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell with 1:56 left to lead the New England Patriots to a 22-17 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
Trailing 17-16 with 5:04 left and the ball on the Patriots 17, Brady led an efficient drive by completing six passes to drive New England down the field.
After James White stretched for 4 yards on fourth-and-4, a 25-yard catch by Chris Hogan put the ball at the 8. Brady then zipped a pass to Mitchell to put the Patriots (9-2) ahead.
A 2-point conversion try by White was initially ruled good, but the call was reversed because the ball never crossed the goal line — giving the Jets (3-8) a final chance.
But on second-and-5 from the 30, Chris Long hit Ryan Fitzpatrick before he could throw, resulting in a fumble that was recovered by Trey Flowers.
Brady and the Patriots then ran out the clock — helped by LeGarrette Blount’s 23-yard scamper — to win the closely played game that had been flexed out of a prime-time spot.
Patriots fans loudly chanted “Brady! Brady!” in the final moments at MetLife Stadium, which had lots of empty seats with frustrated Jets fans apparently opting to stay home.
It was the 500th win in franchise history for the Patriots, who became the first original AFL franchise to reach the mark.
Brady, who was questionable with a knee injury , wasn’t his usual spectacular self, but finished 30 of 50 for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Mitchell caught five passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns.
Fitzpatrick, who was back as the
starter after missing New York’s last game with a sprained knee, was 22 of 32 for 269 yards.
The Jets had taken a 1713 lead with 10:17 left when Quincy Enunwa leaped over Malcolm Butler in the end zone to grab a pass from Fitzpatrick.
The wide receiver’s right foot came down inbounds and while his left foot never touched the ground his backside did.
It was initially called an incomplete pass, but Todd Bowles challenged and the call was reversed — for a 22yard touchdown.
Stephen Gostkowski’s 41yard field goal with 7:02 left cut the Patriots’ deficit to one at 17-16.
New England took advantage of a Jets turnover in the second quarter when Robby
Anderson caught a pass and gained 25 yards, but had the ball punched out of his hands by Devin McCourty.
Butler recovered, and Brady went to work with an efficient drive. He completed an 18-yard pass to Julian Edelman, joining Manning (71,940), Brett Favre (71,838), Drew Brees (64,180) and Dan Marino (61,361) as the only players with 60,000 yards passing.
A 15-yard run by Dion Lewis got the ball to the 5 and he added a 1-yard run. On the next play, Brady fumbled the snap but recovered and fired a pass to Mitchell for the tying score.
New England tight end Rob Gronkowski left the game late in the first quarter with a back injury.
He had been uncertain to play after missing last week’s game with a chest injury. It was not immediately certain if the latest injury was connected to the previous one.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws under pressure from Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin during New England victory.