#5 New York Jets vs. New England Patriots 2010-11 Divisional Round Playoffs
After going 14-2 during the regular season and destroying them 45-3 in their prior matchup, the Patriots looked to walk all over the Rex Ryan-led New York Jets. Leading up to the game, almost no one picked the Gang Green to win, especially in Foxboro.
However, that wasn’t the case. The Patriots, who had the #1 offense in the league, managed to only score 3 points in 44 minutes of the game. The Jets stifled the Patriots, who could not get on the same page at times and kept Tom Brady tap dancing in the pocket. There were not only pressure sacks, but coverage sacks as well, as the Jets secondary led by Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie played exceptionally well.
Driving the ball down the field for more than seven minutes, the Patriots elected to go for it on fourth down instead of kicking the field goal, which would have made the game a one possession game. It also wouldn’t have required the Patriots choosing to do an on-side kick that ultimately set up the Jets at the 20 yard line.
The game may have ended 28-21, but it wasn’t close at all. The Jets were the better team that night and were the team that made less mistakes.
Fun Fact: Mark Sanchez beat both Peyton Manning and Brady in the 2010 playoffs, the only QB to ever do that.
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