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                           === Patriots rout Jets ===
 
 East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - In less than a minute, the Thanksgiving
 football nightcap went from competitive to a one-sided blowout.
 
 An  83-yard Shane  Vereen TD  reception and  a pair  of fumble  recoveries for
 touchdowns  by Steve  Gregory and Julian Edelman during a 52-second stretch in
 the  second  quarter paved the way  for a Patriots' 49-19 blowout victory over
 the New York Jets.
 
 Tom  Brady  completed  18-of-28  passes  for 323  yards  while  tossing  three
 touchdowns  and adding  another on  the ground  for New  England (8-3),  which
 scored at least 40 points for the third time in its last four games.
 
 Without  Pro-Bowl  tight end Rob Gronkowski,  Wes Welker led the Patriots with
 seven  catches for  71 yards and a  score. Aaron Hernandez, who played for the
 first  time after  missing the last three games, finished with two catches for
 36 yards.
 
 Four  days after  winning  in St.  Louis,  the Jets  (4-7)  were decimated  by
 turnovers  by the  offense and special teams.  They had four in the first half
 and finished with five for the game.
 
 Mark  Sanchez threw for 301 yards and a touchdown on 26-of-36 passing, but was
 intercepted once and also lost a fumble that resulted in a Patriots touchdown.
 
 With  the defeat,  the Jets  lost to  the Patriots  for the  second time  this
 season,  clinching the  Patriots sixth regular-season sweep of the team in the
 past 10 seasons.
 
 "I'll  put it to  you this way, we're about as wounded as you can possibly be,
 but  we're  not dead," Jets  coach Rex Ryan said.  "We will give everything we
 have, every ounce of energy we have to get this thing going."
 
 The  Patriots missed on a scoring opportunity in the first quarter, as Stephen
 Gostkowski's 39-yard field goal sailed wide left, but they made up for it with
 a 35-point second quarter.
 
 New  England began  the rout midway through the first after Gregory picked off
 Sanchez, who had led the Jets 47 yards into Patriots territory.
 
 Off the turnover, the Patriots converted on third down four times during a 15-
 play  drive  to score  a touchdown.  On 3rd-and-goal,  Brady found a wide-open
 Welker  in the  front-right corner of the  end zone to put the Patriots on top
 7-0 on the first play in the second quarter.
 
 New  York again  moved the ball down the  field on its next touch, but came up
 empty once more. After Powell fell a yard short on a third-down rush, the Jets
 decided  to go  for it on 4th-and-1,  but Shonn Greene was stuffed for no gain
 and  then  fumbled trying  to stretch  the ball over  the marker. The Patriots
 recovered and took over on their own 17.
 
 They  needed just  one play to add another touchdown to their advantage. Brady
 looked  to  the flat and  hit a wide-open Shane  Vereen, who sprinted down the
 sideline past the New York defenders for an 83-yard score.
 
 The  sloppy play  became contagious for New York, as the game quickly spiraled
 out of control. On a broken play, Sanchez ran up the middle and while sliding,
 collided  with  offensive lineman Brandon  Moore, jarring  the ball out of his
 hands. Gregory was there to pick up the loose ball and he took it 32 yards for
 a touchdown to give New England a 21-0 lead.
 
 Then,  on the ensuing kickoff, the ball popped out of Joe McKnight's hands and
 into  Edelman's, who sprinted 22 yards untouched for the Patriots' third score
 in 52 seconds, increasing New England's margin to four touchdowns.
 
 "It  doesn't take  a lot to score a  lot of points in this league quickly with
 turnovers,  defensive  returns and special  teams returns. It  can add up in a
 hurry both ways," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "Nothing surprises me in
 the NFL."
 
 Sanchez  was sacked on  third down on New York's next series, and Brady wasted
 no  time  in creating even  more separation. He fired  a strike to a streaking
 Edelman for a 56-yard score to push the Patriots' advantage to 35-0 before the
 Jets' Nick Folk connected on a 32-yard field goal just before the half.
 
 Edelman  was forced out  of the game in the third on a reception which saw his
 head collide with Kyle Wilson, who knocked the ball out of his hands. The Jets
 recovered  and  drove to  the Pats' 1-yard  line, but turned  the ball over on
 downs when Greene was stuffed for no gain.
 
 However,  on  the following play, New  York scored a safety when Stevan Ridley
 was called for a chop block in the end zone.
 
 Set  up  by a  39-yard pass  to Jeff  Cumberland, the  Jets scored their first
 touchdown  of the game  on a 4-yard rush from Bilal Powell with 4:41 remaining
 in  the third  quarter to  make  it a  35-12  game, but  the Patriots  weren't
 finished scoring.
 
 New  England ate  up almost  eight minutes  on an  87-yard drive,  which Brady
 capped  with  a 1-yard  rush  up  the middle.  Following  a  fumble from  Chaz
 Schilens,  Brady  hit Welker  for 28 yards  before Ridley ran  it in from nine
 yards out.
 
 Sanchez  connected with Dustin Keller on a 1-yard score in the closing minutes
 to account for the final margin.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Belichick  earned his  200th career victory ... The Jets' Clyde Gates left the
 game  with  head injury  in the  first half ...  Including the postseason, Tom
 Brady  improved to  18-5 against  the Jets  ... The  Patriots have  scored 190
 points  in  the last four games.  The Jets have  scored 221 all season ... New
 England has won the past five regular season meetings against New York.
 
 11/23 01:26:33 ET

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