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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Thursday night is getting away from the New England Patriots in a hurry.
A 92-yard Leon Washington kickoff return for a touchdown and two spectacular plays by receiver Jerricho Cotchery have staked the New York Jets to a 24-6 lead with 4:57 left in the first half at Gillette Stadium.
Cotchery made a David Tyree-type catch on a 46-yard Brett Favre heave along the left sideline. Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs interfered on the play, but Cotchery used one arm to pin the ball against his shoulder pad while stumbling down and then rolling on the turf.
Two plays later, Favre threw a dart inside the 5 to Cotchery who fought his way through a couple defenders, outstretched his arm and slammed the ball on the other side of the goal line for a 15-yard touchdown.