The Patriots only dressed 18 offensive players, a very low total for an NFL game. In addition to injury woes, Brandon LaFell was coming off PUP designation and looked terrible. He dropped several passes and was out of sync all day.
The Jets took advantage of Patriots injuries and chemistry issues and stymied the Pats offense for most of the first three quarters. On offense, the Jets overcame an early injury to star running back Chris Ivory and moved the ball well at times. However, the Jets had a key drive end with a FG when they might have iced the game - Brandon Marshall dropped what should have been a TD, forcing the Jets to settle. It was a pivotal moment in the game.
After the Jets FG, Tom Brady took over the fourth quarter, driving the Patriots down the field twice for TDs to seal the game. The Patriots did yield a FG and surrendered an onside kick in the last minute, but the Jets ran out of clock and lost.
Tom Brady once again willed his team to victory, with key contributions from Gronk and Amendola. A solid win for the Patriots considering the injury situation. The Patriots have a short week - facing Miami at home on Thursday Night Football.