It was typical Bill Belichick.
Comfortably ahead by 30 points in the fourth quarter, the Patriots kept Tom Brady in the game and let him throw. On a first down from the Jets’ 37, with 11:45 remaining in the Thanksgiving Night Massacre, Brady hit Wes Welker for 28 yards.
On their next possession, up by 37 points, Brady threw two more times.
Rex Ryan didn’t say much Friday when asked if he was bothered by the Patriots’ lack of sportsmanship.
"It's our job to stop him, you know what I mean?" Ryan said less than 12 hours after the 49-19 debacle. "It's what they do. It’s our job to stop them."
It wasn't the first time the Patriots tried to run it up against the Jets. In 2010, Ryan wasn't happy when the Patriots seemingly tried to pour it on in a 45-3 rout of the Jets, going for it on fourth down late in the game.
Here are the four most lopsided losses of the Ryan era:
- Patriots 45, Jets 3 -- Dec. 6, 2010
- Patriots 49, Jets 19 -- Nov. 22, 2012
- 49ers 34, Jets 0 -- Sept. 30, 2012
- Eagles 45, Jets 19 -- Dec. 18, 2011
Note: They lost three games by a 21-point margin.