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|Tom Brady had a tough time passing all afternoon, but the Pats got the job done. (Courtesy of NFL.com)|
Anyone else feel that after all the hype that this game was extremely uninteresting? The Patriots (14-0) took care of business in awful conditions and ran the ball effectively in the 20-10 win over the Jets (3-11)
The Patriots defense played very well until late in the fourth and kept any Jets threat in check. Kellen Clemons was knocked out of the game early and Brad Smith was ineffective. Chad Pennington had one magnificent drive in the fourth which kept the game close, but it never seemed like the Jets were close to pulling the upset.
As far as the Spygate motivation, I personally didn’t see any evidence of “special” aggression or motivation. The passing offense sputtered throughout the whole game, Brady threw for only 140 with no TDs and one INT. Maroney did run for more than 100 yards for the first time this year and overall the Pats controlled the line of scrimmage.
The elements definitely played a role in the passing game, yet overall it was pretty drab in my mind. Though it was nice to see a big Belichick smile after the game and a fist pump to the crowd.