Patriots’ Tom Brady turns in vintage effort for 200th career win

Brady, at 178 wins in the regular season (an astonishing number when you really think about it), could inch toward the 186 wins that Manning and Favre got in the regular season, and he no doubt will be able to do it next year unless something really insane happens. “It was a long week”.Brady certainly gutted it out, too, when he could have taken his fifth Sunday off of the season-although it would have been his first due to injury. “He has to execute and I have to execute better on my end”. “That’s the quarterback’s job, to win”.After their win, Patriot’s coach Bill Belichick weighs in on his quarterback’s milestone saying, “The quarterback’s job is to win”. I’m glad the Patriots played it safe with Gronk against NY, but I’m pleading for even more precaution.NOTES: TE Rob Gronkowski, who was returning after missing one game to a chest injury that was a reported puncture lung, left the first quarter of Sunday’s win at the Jets with a back injury and did not return.Belichick had no update on Gronkowski’s condition, but the tight end was seen walking very gingerly from the locker room to the team buses outside MetLife Stadium. On the second score, Revis said he was covering the inside and strongly implied the end result was not his fault.Patriots fans chanted “Brady!” But he left the field with members of the Patriots’ medical staff near the end of the first quarter. “Wherever we go, we bring the fight with us”.Said Revis, ” You definitely don’t want to put Tom Brady in those situations. “He’s come through in the clutch and we keep getting him opportunities”.After leading a tying drive earlier in the fourth quarter, Carr hit Michael Crabtree on a 49-yard pass on third-and-9 to help set up Sebastian Janikowski’s 23-yard field goal with 1:45 left.Brady directed the Patriots to 10 second-quarter points and tied the game with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell with 6:29 remaining in the half. Long slapped the ball out of Fitzpatrick’s grasp and it bounced to Trey Flowers for the game-saving fumble recovery with 1:43 left.It wasn’t what running back coaches teach their fullbacks, but Brady somehow managed to get in the way of Jets players without making any contact with the opponents whatsoever. The teams have had a final margin of seven points or fewer in each of their last seven meetings. “It ended up costing us at the end”.It was a mark that Brady also showed no interest in discussing afterwards, instead proclaiming that football is a team game, yada, yada.So as he has done so many times before, Brady lifted his teammates onto his shoulders and guided them to a big victory – and in the process, all of the nagging worries about the consistency of their performances can be put on the back burner for at least another week. He also needs just 57 yards passing to become the fifth player in National Football League history to reach 60,000. Brady is now at 60,229.”It was a great win for our team”, the 39-year-old quarterback said.”Man”, Brady said, “it’s ’cause of you guys”.But for Bowles, who admitted via conference call on Monday that it was a “no brainer” to name Fitzpatrick the starter against the Indianapolis Colts, next Monday night, it just seems like Gang Green is spinning its wheels in quicksand.”I knew it was coming to me”, said Hogan. “I’m not going to make a rash decision today one way or the other”. Ryan Fitzpatrick aired it out to Quincy Enunwa for a 40-yard reception down to New England’s 30-yard line with four minutes to go in the first quarter. “But we made plays when we needed to”.It was initially called an incomplete pass, but Jets Coach Todd Bowles challenged and the call was reversed – for a 22-yard touchdown.”Good thing he does all those squats and got his butt down”, Fitzpatrick joked of Enunwa.With the victory, the Patriots clinched a 16th straight season with winning record and tied San Francisco (1983-98) and Dallas (1970-85) for the most consecutive winning years since the 1970 merger.New England got to the 21, but the Patriots opted to not use a timeout.

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