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Patriots dominating Jets at halftime

11/22/2009

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- We've seen athletes and coaches cry when they're in the moment. Charlie Weis was feeling sentimental Saturday before Notre Dame's final home game. Mike Schmidt blubbered like a baby during his retirement speech.

But it's not often you hear of somebody getting worked up when separated from the event like Rex Ryan did Monday. He was speaking to his team about the rest of the season and got overly emotional.

I didn't write about it this week (wish I had), but the story reminded me of the time I attended a boxing news conference in Las Vegas. Peter McNeeley bawled two days before he was about to fight Eric "Butterbean" Esch.

The wise guys immediately started working the phones to plunk down as much money as they could on Esch. They figured it would be a slaughter. It was a first-round technical knockout.

We're witnessing a similar annihilation through two quarters Sunday in Gillette Stadium, about 14 miles from McNeeley's hometown of Medfield, Mass.

The New England Patriots are pulverizing the Jets 24-7 at halftime. The Jets' playoff hopes are on the ropes. A Laurence Maroney fumble and a blocked a punt for a touchdown 50 seconds before intermission have made the game interesting, but the Jets haven't put up much of a fight so far.

Total yardage from scrimmage? Patriots 272, Jets 34.

Tom Brady has completed 18 of 26 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown to Randy Moss. Slot receiver Wes Welker has eight catches for 139 yards already.

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has done a good job on Moss. The 4-yard touchdown was virtually impossible to defend. Moss, who also has been guarded by Drew Coleman here or there, has four catches for a modest 24 yards.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has been overwhelmed. He is 2 of 9 for 15 yards and two interceptions, one of which cornerback Leigh Bodden returned 53 yards for a touchdown.