Patriots overcome 14-0 hole to barely get by Jets

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It once again came down to the final seconds, but the Patriots came back from an early 14-0 deficit to defeat the surprising New York Jets 24-17 at MetLife Stadium.

New England was also aided by a massive Jets turnover midway through the fourth quarter when tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins appeared to score a touchdown, but the call was overturned after it was determined that he fumbled the football before the ball crossed the goal line and went out of bounds, giving the Patriots the ball back.

The Pats didn't score on the ensuing drive, but that play turned out to be the difference.

Once again, the Patriots pass defense as a whole looked sloppy for much of the day, as they allowed Josh McCown to eclipse the 300-yard passing mark. Malcolm Butler managed to secure a big interception late in the second quarter that resulted in a New England touchdown. The run defense, however, was a bright spot.

As a team, the Jets were held to just 74 yards on the ground.

Tom Brady also overcame a slow start to finish 20-of-38 for 257 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Brady won his 187th game, making him the winningest quarterback in regular season history.

Another bright spot was Dion Lewis.

Seldom used this year, Lewis rushed 11 times for 52 yards and a touchdown. He looked to be back to his 2015 form, as he was breaking tackles and showing tons of elusiveness.

The Patriots improve to 4-2 and will go up against the Atlanta Falcons in a Super Bowl LI rematch next Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.

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