Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jets dominate Pats on 3rd down, possession time


The New York Jets' 30-27 overtime victory over the New England Patriots stands out on the NFL scoreboard, and two categories stand out in the game's box score.

Gang Green was dominant on third down Sunday, particularly on defense, holding the New England Patriots' offense to a 1-for-12 conversion rate.

"Obviously, we put that in the 'good' category," Jets coach Rex Ryan said after the game.

Gang Green was pretty efficient on the other side of the ball, too, moving the chains 11 times on 21 third downs.

"We just haven't been good on third down all year. Obviously, that's a big problem," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said after the game, via

The other heavily-favored team stat for the Jets was time of possession. The Jets were on the offensive side of the ball for 46 minutes and 13 seconds to the Patriots' 23 minutes and 40 seconds of possession time.

The combination of third-down efficiency on both sides of the ball and the fact that the Jets attempted 52 rushes was telling of the clock work.

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