- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Fireman Ed, aka Ed Anzalone, apparently couldn’t take the debacle of a second quarter and left at the half. That is according to Twitter users who say they sat in his section. Anzalone’s own Twitter account was deactivated during the game as well. Not a banner night for the team, and not for an icon of a New York Jets fan either.
Former nose tackle and analyst Kris Jenkins noticed. “Fireman Ed deleted his account?” Jenkins tweeted. “Wow thought he was a diehard fan? Guess he went back to the Dolphins.”
KELLER IN: Dustin Keller wasn’t optimistic about a Jets' playoff run, but he wouldn’t count it out. That said, the Jets tight end was blunt about how ugly the loss to the Patriots was.
“I can’t explain it,” Keller said. “It is just crazy to have that many turnovers the way that we had them. We were just killing ourselves. I can’t tell you what it is, but the offense just handed them points. Not to take anything away from them, but the self-inflicted wounds are just killing us.”
JETS INJURIES: The Jets receiver corps took another hit when Clyde Gates and Chaz Schilens both sustained head injures during the game. They were both present in the locker room, but were not available to the media because of NFL rules restricting contact with players who are possibly concussed.
As for Muhammad Wilkerson, the defensive end left the game in the first half but later returned. “I’m good,” Wilkerson said. “Just a little neck injury.”
THANKSGIVING TURNOVERS: The Jets had five turnovers against the Patriots, including two that led to second-quarter touchdowns. Mark Sanchez was responsible for an interception and a fumble -- his 14th and 15th turnovers of the season. Why can’t the Jets better protect the ball?
“I think that’s the million-dollar question right there,” Sanchez said. “That’s what we’re still working on. There's no time to point fingers or be upset. We just have to keep playing, try to fix it on the fly, come back next week and try to play a clean game and see what happens.”