Tom Brady failed to return the New England Patriots (14-2) to their Super Bowl-bound glory, as they were dispatched by the New York Jets 28-21.
In the first quarter, Brady did something that he hadn’t done in 335 pass attempts: throw an interception. To put it in perspective, Brady was intercepted for the first time since week six.
"I think we're a pretty good football team but not when we play like we played today," Brady said of the Patriots’s loss, according to the Boston Globe. "I certainly wish I did a better job."
Brady, who is the front-runner for league MVP after posting the league’s highest quarterback rating, had an 89.0 rating for this game, completing only 29 out 45 passes.
The Jets (11-5) defense was able to get to Brady early using various blitz packages. He was sacked five times and was constantly under pressure to get rid of the ball.
However, the superb play of Jets cornerbacks Darelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie prevented the Patriots from making a big play and allowed for the Jets defensive linemen and linebackers to get to Brady.
In an interview with the Boston Herald, Jets linebacker Bart Scott said that making Brady waver under pressure caused the Patriots, who are boasting a younger team this year, to crack under the pressure.
“That’s what we leaned on,” Scott told the Herald. “We leaned on the fact that we knew we had more playoff experience than that team. We know that when the pressure was on, those young guys wouldn’t be able to perform at a high level.”
With the win, the Jets will head to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers (12-4), who beat the Ravens (12-4) this weekend.