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

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Den­nis Waszak Jr.

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.

Brady’s bunch

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.

Gronk hurt

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.

JULIO CORTEZ — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady throws un­der pres­sure from Jets line­backer Lorenzo Mauldin dur­ing New Eng­land vic­tory.

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