FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Capitalizing on erratic rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez (four interceptions), and sparked by receiver Wes Welker’s career-high 15 catches, the New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 31-14 Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots jumped out to a 24-0 second-quarter lead and had a chance to bury the Jets early in the second half, but they didn’t deliver a decisive knockout punch until late in the fourth quarter.
The victory, coming seven days after a heartbreaking loss in Indianapolis, improves the Patriots’ record to 7-3 and keeps them two games ahead of the Dolphins (5-5) in the AFC East.
Cornerback Leigh Bodden tied a Patriots record with three interceptions, while safety Brandon Meriweather had the team’s other pickoff. Sanchez also lost a fumble late in the fourth quarter. Sanchez was 8 of 20 for 136 yards, with one touchdown and the four interceptions.
Welker was the catalyst for the Patriots' offense, his 15 catches going for 192 yards. Quarterback Tom Brady finished 28 of 41 for 310 yards and one touchdown.
Reaction from both teams to come.