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Week 16 Game Recap: New York Jets 3, New England Patriots 41

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New York Jets

* Simply put, the game was one of the most futile moments in recent Jet history. A New England win was expected, but the lopsided nature of this decent was not. Bryce Petty started the game, but injured his non-throwing shoulder on a fluke play and did not return. Early in the second quarter, Khiry Robinson fumbled his first touch of the season and Petty injured his shoulder by trying to make the tackle. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Petty, but wasn't any better. Through three quarters, the Jets had as many completions (four) as interceptions by its quarterbacks. It was a dismal effort by a team whose head coach chose to coach the game after spending the night in hospital.

New England Patriots

Tom Brady had an efficient performance and threw touchdown to three different receivers and the Patriots used their three-headed backfield to full effect. Waiver claim Michael Floyd saw some action as the Patriots bring him into the fold and the Patriots defense had another strong game as they are coming on just in time for the playoffs.

New York Jets

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 44 offensive snaps, Pass: 8 - 21 - 136 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0
For the second straight week, Ryan Fitzpatrick came on in relief of an injured Bryce Petty. Fitzpatrick, however, looked uninterested in playing. Fitzpatrick was incepted twice and only completed four passes prior to the fourth quarter. His decision making lazy and it's beyond obvious that his time as a Jet is nearing an end.

QB Bryce Petty, 12 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 3 - 0 - 0 TD / 1 INT
Disastrous would be a fitting word to describe Bryce Petty's performance against New England. Petty went 0-for-3 with an interception and two sacks in a quarter of action before suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder that ended his afternoon. Petty injured his shoulder by tackling a New England defender after Khiry Robinson fumbled his first touch of the season. Prior to the injury, Petty looked uncomfortable in the pocket. He once again failed to quickly go through his reads and was left holding onto the ball, succumbing to the on-coming pass rush. In addition to the pressure applied by New England's defensive front, Petty didn't look comfortable playing in the rain. In fact, Petty admitted to the CBS announce team that he's only played one game in poor weather conditions. Petty is unlikely to play in Week 17 and is not the long-term answer at quarterback.

RB Bilal Powell, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 60 - 0, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (3 targets)
Bilal Powell was given his second straight start and played well, but another negative game script limited his upside as a runner. When given carries, Powell ran with a low pad level, ran through arm tackles, and displayed good vision to find cutback lanes when needed. Matt Forte was deemed inactive, so Khiry Robinson functioned as his back-up and spelled him in throughout the game.

RB Khiry Robinson, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 22 - 0
Khiry Robinson was active for the first time this season, but failed to impress. Robinson fumbled on his touch of the season, which led to Petty's shoulder injury. He saw a few additional carries when the game was decided and earned minimal gains.

RB Brandon Wilds, 10 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 14 - 0
The young rookie was given four second half carries and showed some promise as an inside runner, but the game was already decided at this point.

WR Quincy Enunwa, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 12 - 0, Rec: 1 - 30 - 0 (5 targets)
Enunwa had one catch for 30 yards on a deep seam route. He saw a team high five targets, but struggled as the passing attack faltered.

WR Charone Peake, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 27 - 0 (3 targets)
Charone Peake had one catch for 27 yards on a deep sideline route. Peake has some upside as a deep threat, but unfortunately, hasn't had many opportunities to make plays.

WR Devin Smith, 13 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 20 - 0 (3 targets)
Seeing his first attack of the season, the second-year deep threat caught one pass for 20 yards, but dropped an easy touchdown in the fourth quarter.

WR Robby Anderson, 43 offensive snaps (3 targets)
Robby Anderson was shut-out, despite receiving three targets and functioning as the passing attack's top option. Anderson was targeted on Petty's interception as communication broke down between the two young players.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 4 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 17 - 0 (2 targets)
The big tight end had one catch for 17 yards on a deep post route that put the Jets in the red zone. Seferian-Jenkins dropped a sure-fire touchdown on his second target, which marks how poorly of a game it was for New York's offense.

New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 27 - 214 - 3 TD / 0 INT
In this case, the scoreboard did in fact reflect how both teams played. The Patriots dominated the Jets in every aspect of football, so much so that Tom Brady didn't even play the third quarter. When he was in, for the most part, it was all systems go, with the line holding up relatively well, receivers doing their jobs in general, and a few great throws. The defense and special teams also put the offense in amazing position to win, with 4 turnovers generated. Tom Brady's first touchdown was a short seam route to Martellus Bennett, who looked like Rob Gronkowski on the play in the sense that Gronk tends to dominate the seam. His second touchdown went to Matt Lengel, he of the 0 previous career catches. Lengel wasn't the first read, but he came open on an 18 yard post route, and caught a good ball with a defender in coverage. Brady's last touchdown was a 25 yard deep toss to James White, who simply outplayed his coverage. It was a great deep lob by Brady as well, who has really improved his deep passing versus the last couple years. Perhaps Brady's best pass was a rare display of athleticism from Brady, who did a 360 spineroo in the pocket before finding Julian Edelman for 28 yards. Brady and Edelman also narrowly missed a touchdown early in the game, while James White suffered a deep drop as well. Beyond that, fairly few blemishes as the Patriots look to wrap up the 1 seed.

RB LeGarrette Blount, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 50 - 2
Though not the most efficient day, Blount still scored a pair of 1 yard touchdowns thanks to great field positioning. The sledding was notably tougher, and part of it was on the offense, but credit the stout Jets run defense as well. There weren't many signature plays to speak of for Blount.

RB Dion Lewis, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 52 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets)
Involved once again, Lewis touched the ball 17 times, with most of his touches being carries. Interestingly, Lewis continues to run well between the tackles, something he didn't do much of last year prior to his injury.

RB James White, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 14 - 0, Rec: 3 - 32 - 1 (4 targets)
As usual, White did his damage in the passing game, scoring a touchdown on a deep lob that saw him split zone coverage. White also dropped another deep pass earlier in the game that would have made his stat line a whole lot beefier, but luckily, it wasn't critical for this particular game.

WR Julian Edelman, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 89 - 0 (8 targets)
As usual, Edelman led the way for the Patriots passing attack. There was one missed touchdown connection early in the game, but it ended up not mattering much in the grand scheme of things. The best play of the day for Edelman was more Brady than Edelman, as the quarterback did a 360 in the pocket to avoid a sack, then fired a 28 yard strike to Edelman.

WR Malcolm Mitchell, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 29 - 0 (5 targets)
Since the Patriots went up early, Mitchell's number was not called much in terms of volume. It was a fairly un-notable day.

WR Chris Hogan, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 22 - 0 (5 targets)
Similar to Malcolm Mitchell, Hogan's number wasn't called much, as the Patriots didn't need their passing attack for much of the game. His one catch was a nice one handed leaping grab in traffic.

WR Michael Floyd, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (2 targets)
Floyd made his Patriots debut on a handful of snaps, catching one pass from Jimmy Garoppolo.

TE Martellus Bennett, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 19 - 1 (2 targets)
Though Marty B snagged a touchdown, that was nearly it on the day, with a total of 2 catches. His touchdown was a short seam route that went for 5 yards, with a good catch by Bennett and good location from Tom Brady.