It wasn’t the prettiest victory, but Cam Newton helped rescue the Patriots’ playoff hopes with a late rally to tie the game and then take the lead, all inside the final two minutes, as New England beat the Jets 30-27 on “Monday Night Football.”
Newton completed 27 of 35 passes for 274 yards, and though he rushed for just 16 yards on 10 carries, he had two rushing touchdowns, including a third-and-goal QB sneak to make the score 27-27 with 1:57 remaining.
After the Jets went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, New England got the ball back at its 22 with 55 seconds remaining and all three timeouts. Newton made the most crucial play of the game with eight seconds on the clock, completing a 20-yard pass to Jakobi Meyers to the New York 33-yard line with three seconds to spare. The Pats used their last timeout to set up Nick Folk for his game-winning 51-yard field goal as time expired.
Meyers was Newton’s top target, hauling in a game-high 12 catches for 169 yards. He made a key play on the game-tying touchdown drive, reeling in a 19-yard catch on third-and-20 to set up a Newton sneak on fourth down.
The Patriots (3-5) dominated time of possession in the second half, with the Jets (0-9) only running four plays on offense in the entire fourth quarter. The first was a Joe Flacco pass that was intercepted by J.C. Jackson. Jackson struggled throughout the night but came up with the game’s lone turnover, which set up the tying touchdown drive.
Outside of the fourth quarter, Flacco was excellent; he finished the game with 18-of-25 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns. He regularly beat the Patriots’ secondary deep, including a 50-yard TD to Breshad Perriman and a 20-yard scoring toss to Jamison Crowder that helped to give New York a 20-10 halftime lead. He added a 15-yard TD pass to Perriman to give the Jets a 27-17 lead with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. But the late interception and the three-and-out allowed New England to steal the game.
The Patriots moved back a little closer toward the playoff picture; they’re two games behind the Dolphins and 3.5 games behind the Bills in the AFC East. Meanwhile, the Jets further solidified their standing as the front-runner in the “Tank for Trevor Lawrence” race.
Patriots vs. Jets score
Patriots vs. Jets live updates, highlights from ‘Monday Night Football’
(All times are Eastern)
11:10 p.m. — FINAL: Patriots 30, Jets 27. Nick Folk hits the game-winner from 51 yards as time expires.
11:09 p.m. — Timeout, Patriots. Newton completes it to Meyers for a 20-yard gain, 3 seconds remaining, ball at the Jets’ 33-yard line.
11:06 p.m. — Timeout, Patriots. First charged timeout. New England has it, second and 6 at its 37-yard line, 29 seconds left.
11:03 p.m. — Jets go three-and-out and the Patriots have a chance to win it with a field goal, ball at their 22-yard line with 47 seconds left in regulation.
10:58 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS. Newton rumbles forward on the QB sneak and New England ties the game with a PAT by Folk. It’s 27-27, 1:57 remaining in regulation.
10:55 p.m. — Two-minute warning. Patriots have it, third and goal at the 1-yard line. This 31-yard pass from Newton to Damiere Byrd set New England up at the goal line.
10:39 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. After being picked on all night, Jackson comes up big with a pick as Flacco tries to go deep on the first play of the drive. New England gets the ball back at its 28-yard line, 5:50 left to play in regulation.
10:35 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, PATRIOTS. Newton slips again on third down and Folk hits this one from 29 yards out. Jets lead 27-20, 6:04 remaining in regulation.
10:18 p.m. — END OF THIRD QUARTER: Jets 27, Patriots 17. New England has it, second and 7 at its 35-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
10:15 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, JETS. Flacco finds Perriman wide open in the end zone as J.C. Jackson falls down in coverage. Jets lead 27-17 with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.
10:01 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS. Long, methodical drive for New England as Rex Burkhead caps it off with a 1-yard run. Jets’ lead is trimmed to 20-17, 7:27 left in the third quarter.
9:38 p.m. — HALFTIME: Jets 20, Patriots 10.
9:35 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, JETS. Joe Flacco goes deep to Jamison Crowder. Replay shows he dragged his feet for a 20-yard TD. New York leads 20-10 with 29 seconds left in the half.
9:28 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, PATRIOTS. Nick Folk hits a 45-yarder to trim New England’s deficit to 13-10 with 1:06 left in the first half.
9:22 p.m. — 2-Minute Warning. Patriots have it, third and 6 at the Jets’ 43-yard line.
9:14 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, JETS. Castillo nails a 50-yarder to add to New York’s lead. It’s 13-7 with 4:33 remaining in the first half.
9:08 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. James White fumbles the ball on fourth down and has to fall on the ball in the backfield. Jets take over at their 43-yard line, 6:13 left in the first half.
8:59 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, JETS. Flacco rolls to his right and launches it over the top to Perriman for a 50-yard bomb. New York leads 10-7 with 9:59 remaining in the first half.
8:52 p.m. — Patriots can’t get much going and have to punt it back. Jets take over at their 7-yard line after a hold on the punt return, 12:43 left in the second quarter.
8:46 p.m. — END OF FIRST QUARTER: Patriots 7, Jets 3. New England has it, second and 9 at its 8-yard line to start the second quarter.
New York left tackle Mekhi Becton was heading into the locker room as the quarter ended. Looks like he might be making an early exit.
8:43 p.m. — Jets opt to punt from New England’s 41-yard line. Ball is downed at the 7-yard line, 22 seconds left in the first quarter.
8:33 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS. Cam Newton extends the ball across the plane for a 5-yard rushing score. New England leads 7-3 with 3:34 left in the first quarter.
Newton went 4-of-4 passing for 55 yards on that drive, including this 33-yard shot to Jakobi Meyers to set up the touchdown.
8:24 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, JETS. Breshad Perriman can’t quite complete the catch in the back of the end zone and New York has to settle for a 35-yard field goal by Sergio Castillo after a nice, methodical drive to open the game. Jets lead 3-0 with 8:33 left in the first quarter.
8:15 p.m. — Patriots win the toss. New England defers and Joe Flacco leads out the Jets for the game’s opening drive.
Patriots vs. Jets start time
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. ET
- TV channel (national): ESPN
- Live stream: ESPN app, fuboTV
‘Monday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 14||Steelers 26, Giants 16|
|Week 1||Sept. 14||Titans 16, Broncos 14|
|Week 2||Sept. 21||Raiders 34, Saints 24|
|Week 3||Sept. 28||Chiefs 34, Ravens 20|
|Week 4||Oct. 5||Packers 30, Falcons 16|
|Week 5||Oct. 12||Saints 30, Chargers 27|
|Week 6||Oct. 19||Cardinals 38, Cowboys 10|
|Week 7||Oct. 26||Rams 24, Bears 10|
|Week 8||Nov. 2||Buccaneers 25, Giants 23|
|Week 9||Nov. 9||Patriots 30, Jets 27|
|Week 10||Nov. 16||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 11||Nov. 23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 12||Nov. 30||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 7||San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 14||Dec. 14||Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 15||Dec. 21||Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 16||Dec. 28||New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills|