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To conclude our series of Awards for the year that was, we bring you what the SoB staff voted as the top game of 2010. Ironically, the Patriots-Jets rematch in Week 13, a 45-3 beatdown of the Jets in Foxboro, tops the list. This is ironic, of course, considering the Jets returned the favor, crushing the New England spirit with a 28-21 trouncing in the playoffs one day ago.
But, rules are rules, and despite the bad timing, we must go on. If you even want to remember that game, it came after another week of (less-intense) trash-talking. The Patriots wanted to kill the Jets, and they did. That game was an example of what happens if the Patriots are playing at their best and the Jets are playing at their worst.
Tom Brady finished with 326 yards and four touchdowns in that game. Mark Sanchez, meanwhile, three three interceptions in a horrible effort. Boy, how times have changed less than a couple months later.
There’s nothing better than sticking it to an arch rival. This was the game that really put the wheels in motion for the Patriots to surge ahead in the AFC East, and the AFC in general. Tom Brady threw for 346 yards, four TDs, and zero picks. The Law Firm of BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 72 yards and two scores. And so many excellent receivers. The game was so good and set the AFC wheels in motion so much that the whiny Jets started nagging about running up the score, which is legal, by the way. – John
Bill Belichick proved that when it comes to football, he is still the best in the game. Billed as the game of the millennium, what Patriots fans got instead was a beatdown for the ages. The Jets never had a chance in this game, and they were made to look stupid and amateurish over and over again. The Jets tried to steal hype with their goofy coach, role-model quarterback and ridiculous reality show, but the Patriots proved that talent and teamwork accomplish far more than glitz and glamor ever could. – Matt G.