By Lloyd Carroll
The Yankees playing in the American League Championship Series probably had a lot to do with it but there was surprisingly little buzz in the week leading up to Sunday’s Patriots-Jets game. First place in the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference was on the line.
Another reason for the low-keyed buildup was that although the Jets had won three straight games going into Sunday’s game most believed that the Jets were still a very long ways from being in the league of the five-time Super Bowl champs. Even at age 40, Patriots QB Tom Brady is still the Road Runner to the Jets’ Wile E. Coyote.
Things didn’t change on Sunday either. The Patriots spotted the Jets an early 14-0 lead but the Jets’ inability to stop the Patriots’ running game as well as their failure to establish their own led to a 24-17 defeat that really wasn’t as close as the score indicated.
The Jets were the victims of a controversial referee call when Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins appeared to score a touchdown. Unfortunately, he fumbled the ball out of bounds in the end zone and it was a ruled a touchback and the Patriots wound up with the ball. It’s debatable whether this was the game-changing moment that bitter Jets fans believe.