The New England Patriots intercepted Geno Smith three times in the fourth quarter to hold off the New York Jets and pick up a 13-10 victory in a downpour in Foxboro.
With the Jets trailing by three points in the fourth quarter, Smith was intercepted by Alfonzo Dennard deep in Patriots’ territory to end the Jets’ chances to at least tie the game with a field goal. Smith was then intercepted twice by Aqib Talib in the closing minutes to help seal the victory for the Patriots.
The Patriots quickly jumped out to a 10-0 lead over the Jets and appeared to be cruising toward their second victory of the season. However, the win wouldn’t come nearly as easy as the Patriots had hoped. Both offenses struggled throughout the night with drops in the slippery conditions.
Brady connected with Aaron Dobson for a 39-yard touchdown pass and Stephen Gostkowski converted a 21-yard field goal to give the Patriots the early lead. Brady completed just 19 of 39 passes for 185 yards for the Patriots on the night. It was his first game with less than a 50-percent completion percentage since Sept. 20, 2009 in a game against the Jets.
The teams traded field goals as the Patriots took a 13-3 lead into halftime, but the Patriots wouldn’t score again.
Bilal Powell scored on a 3-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to pull the Jets within three at 13-10.
It hasn’t been the easiest start to the season for the Patriots. They improve to 2-0 with their victory over the Jets but have won the games by a total of just five points.