During a crazy stretch in the second quarter of Thursday night’s game, the Patriots scored on an 83-yard yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Shane Vereen, then scored a 32-yard touchdown on a return of a fumble on the second play of the Jets’ next possession, then scored a 22-yard touchdown on a return of a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. In less than one minute, the Patriots outscored the Jets 21-0.
Throw in a Wes Welker touchdown at the start of the second quarter and another Edelman touchdown later in the second quarter, and the Patriots went on a 35-0 run while millions of Americans nodded off into tryptophan-induced sleep. Rex Ryan couldn’t sleep through it, but he called it a nightmare nonetheless.
“Obviously watching the tape, it’s still hard to fathom the one stretch,” Ryan said today, in comments distributed by the Jets’ PR staff. “I’ve never seen anything like it. Coaching football or even following football, I’ve never seen anything like that. It was a game, looking at the tape, we did some good things, especially offensively early in the game and to have that stretch it’s just amazing. I don’t know how else to put it. I think I said nightmare last night and I’ll stick with that because it’s just hard to imagine, but that happened.”
Asked if he has ever seen a team turn the ball over as many times as the Jets did while they were handing the game away in the first half, Ryan says he hasn’t.
“I’ve never seen it. I can’t recall ever seeing that,” Ryan said.
Ryan may continue seeing it, however, in his nightmares.