You have the football, up 10, with 58 seconds left in the third quarter. That’s too early to sit on the lead, but if you score a TD to go out 17, the Jets are all but dead.
So how does Josh McDaniels attack? He runs the football four straight times, followed by two straight swing passes that lost yardage.
McDaniels and the Pats were asking for trouble, and they got one spectacular scare.
Less right to win
Sorry, but it’s not like the New York brain trust was any better.
This team got the ball back on the Devin McCourty fumble at the Pats’ 18, with the game tied and 2:01 to play.
The Pats had the two-minute warning and three timeouts to play with.
With 2:01 left, the Jets had the opportunity to go for New England’s throat. If they called a pass on first down, it doesn’t matter if it goes incomplete. The clock is stopping anyway.
First down was the attack down. Instead, they pounded it into the pile with Tim Tebow.
Again, that was the time to attack, not on third-and-7.
One first down there, and it’s over. One TD there, and you make Brady’s job all that much tougher.
Of course, this is from a Jets team that huddled every play on a 14-play, 92-yard TD that ate away 7 minutes of the fourth quarter when they were down 10.
Five thoughts as we look to London with a 4-3 mark
1. The AFC East remains a disaster, with the Pats clearly the only team worth its weight in blocking dummies. Seeing Buffalo and then the Jets snatch defeat from the jaws of victory yesterday, it’s clear they are both on the fast track to loserville, with no sight of the playoffs. The only entity left to self-destruct is the Dolphins. Keep your eyes open there.