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Thursday, November 13, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Jets 34, Patriots 31


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New York Jets went into Gillette Stadium and proved they're the best team in the AFC East. But it wasn't by much.

The New England Patriots forced sudden death when Randy Moss made a brilliant sideline catch on the last offensive play of regulation, but the Jets marched the opening overtime possession close enough for Jay Feely to kick a 34-yard field goal for a 34-31 victory.

The Jets stormed to an early 24-6 lead, squandered it, scored a touchdown with 3:14 to play and then let the Patriots send the game into overtime.

The Jets have won four straight and are alone atop the AFC East with a 7-3 record. They are 3-1 in the division with one victory over each of the other three clubs.

New England went into Thursday having won 11 of the past 12 meetings.

The Jets built an 18-point lead late in the second quarter, but the Patriots battled back by scoring the next two touchdowns and tacking on a two-point conversion at the end of the third quarter.

With the Patriots generally eschewing the rush plays, the Jets' secondary held them without a touchdown up until the final drive of the first half.

Matt Cassel finished 30-of-51 for 400 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He tucked and ran for another 62 yards.

Take out Cassel's scrambles, and the Patriots ran for only 63 yards.

Jets running back Thomas Jones scored what many figured would be the winning touchdown. Brett Favre completed 26 of 33 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.