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The New England Patriots played host to the visiting New York Jets for a critical Week 12 matchup at Levi’s Stadium.
New England Patriots was coming off back-to-back road victories over the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets, respectively. At 6-4, the Jets hoped another win over Washington (3-7) will propel them back into the playoff picture. San Francisco entered the contest as the No. 7 seed in the NFC according to CBS Sports.
Matchup:New York Jets(2-2) vs New England Patriots(0-5)
Date/Time: Sunday, October 15 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: FedEx Field | Landover, MD
While their offense was inconsistent over their previous 10 games, the Jets’ defense was largely been the reason behind their recent success. Entering the contest, the unit ranked No. 4 in the NFL with 3,088 yards allowed.
The defense looked to maintain its high level of play—a level reinforced by the excellent efforts of rookie linebacker Chris Borland and recently reinstated linebacker Aldon Smith.
Smith and New York Jets pass-rushers targeted Patriots quarterback Robert Griffin III—a player whose starting status was called into question by Washington head coach Jay Gruden, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (h/t Michael Hurcomb of CBS Sports).
The Jets hoped to get their pass rush involved against a team that has allowed 28 sacks prior to Week 12.
New York Jets needed this victory considering its position in the NFC.
The Jets got a 30-yard touchdown score on their opening possession, after Colin Kaepernick found wide receiver Anquan Boldin. But Washington answered back in the second quarter—a one-yard rushing touchdown from running back Alfred Morris that tied things up.
Yet Phil Dawson put through a late second-quarter field goal to put the Jets back on top entering halftime.
New York Jets offense couldn’t get it going to start the second half. It was Washington that scored first in the third quarter—a 27-yard field goal by kicker Kai Forbath. Another field goal put Washington in the lead in the fourth quarter.
Fortunately, the Jets got a much-needed fourth-quarter touchdown from running back Carlos Hyde that put San Francisco on top in the waning minutes.
Washington began its final drive within two minutes, but defensive end Justin Smith forced a fumble from Griffin, which the Jets subsequently recovered.
New York Jets moved to 7-3 after the victory.
FINAL: Patriots 13, Jets 17
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Peter Panacy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report, covering the New England Patriots. Be sure to check out his entire archive on Jets news, insight and analysis.