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BSJ Game Report: Patriots 30, Jets 27 – Meyers (12 catches, 169 yards) leads New England comeback to end skid

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Everything you need to know from the Patriots’ victory over the Jets in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

HEADLINES

Losing streak is over: Patriots trailed the winless Jets 20-10 at halftime, and 27-17 into the middle of the fourth but they found a way to rally for 13 points and their first win in four games (Sept. 17 vs. Las Vegas). Cam Newton also delivered a game-tying and winning drive. He had been 0 for 3 in previous situations this season (Seattle, Denver, Buffalo).

"This game builds character," said Newton. "We were resilient."

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Jakobi Meyers arrived: The 2019 free agent, who was inactive against the Chiefs and did not play vs. Denver, had 12 catches on 14 targets for 169 yards. Meyers had eight first downs receiving, which was the most since Brandon LaFell had the same number in 2014, according to ESPN Stats & info. It was also his 24th birthday. "It was a fun game, I'm not going to lie," Meyers told reporters. "Just enjoyed every moment of it."

Damien Harris could be out for a while: The second-year running back had another standout game with 14 carries for 71 yards (5.1 average) but had to leave in the fourth quarter with an upper-body injury that appeared to be serious, as he stayed down on the turf for some time. That's a shame because he had averaged at least 5.1 yards in four of his five games this season, and 5.6 yards per carry. Sony Michel, who has averaged 4.2 yards in his Patriots career, should be ready to come off IR soon.

Defense gets thrashed for three quarters: The Jets scored points on five of their first six drives — and really shouldn't have punted on the other one — including scoring drives of 58, 93, 25, 77 and 75 yards with Joe Flacco often picking on JC Jackson and Jason McCourty with Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims. But the Patriots got their revenge on the Jets' final two drives with a Jackson interception to set up the game-winning drive, and a three-play drive that set up the game-winning field goal.

"Defensively we didn't play well in the passing game," Bill Belichick said.

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Patriots score in first quarter: I repeat, the Patriots scored a touchdown on their first possession of the game. And they actually had a lead for the first time since Week 3.

Hallelujah.

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TURNING POINT

Jackson's INT. It was a dumb call by the Jets and it led to two final drives where they ran four plays and took up 1:24 on the clock. It was Jackson’s fourth straight game with an INT.

"That's a position where you need to have a short memory," said Belichick.

SECOND GUESS

It ended up working out, but the QB sneak by Cam Newton with 22 seconds left with the ball on their own 47 was not the right call. The Patriots had just one timeout left, and clocking the ball left them with just 8 seconds remaining.

If they didn't complete a 20-yard pass to Meyers, the Patriots would not have had another play before kicking a field goal.

That was lucky. That wasn't a good strategy. There should have been a pass on third down, fourth down if necessary, and first down. There was time for that. The sneak left them with just one way to win the game (plus overtime).

Maybe the Patriots weren't afraid of overtime with the Jets ... whatever it was, the Patriots were lucky there.

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