Friday, November 23, 2012
How the game was won in 52 seconds
By ESPN Stats & Information
With just more than 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Jets were trailing by a touchdown but were in New England territory with a chance to tie the game. Shonn Greene lost a fumble on a fourth-and-one and the Jets proceeded to allow 21 points within a 52-second span (big play allowed on offense, Mark Sanchez fumble returned for a TD, fumble on kickoff returned for TD), changing their win probability drastically, according to ESPN Stats and Information. In total, the Jets’ win probability dropped 33 percent in 113 seconds.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other teams have scored three touchdowns in under a minute since the merger: the 2002 Seahawks against the Vikings and the 1998 Falcons against the Panthers.
Here are a few more nuggets dug up by the folks at Stats & Info:
Second quarter in perspective. The Patriots tied a team record with 35 points in the second quarter -- falling two points shy of the most points in a quarter by any team since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970 (1980 Rams).
* Patriots don’t try to disguise play-calling. Tom Brady lined up in the shotgun on 17 plays and threw on 14 of them. The Jets defense entered Thursday’s game allowing the league’s fifth-best completion percentage (56.7) and tied for sixth-best touchdown-interception differential (-1) against quarterbacks in the shotgun.
Jets defensive backs fail to stop passing game. The Patriots ran 65 plays from scrimmage Thursday (not including the two kneels), and the Jets matched up with five or more defensive backs on 56 plays (86.1 percent) even though the Patriots used three or more wide receivers less than a quarter of the time. The extra defensive backs did not faze Tom Brady, who threw three touchdowns and averaged 11.5 yards per attempt, the highest the Jets pass defense has allowed since Week 15 of 2011.
Brady shreds Jets D over the middle. Tom Brady was 11-of-14 for 282 yards and two touchdowns on throws between the painted numbers Thursday. His 20.1 yards per attempt on such throws are the most the Jets have allowed in a single game in the last five seasons. This season versus the Jets, Brady is 26-of-33 with 445 yards and two touchdowns on throws between the painted numbers.