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Game Notes: Patriots vs. Jets

Posted Oct 20, 2013

The following are game notes from the New England Patriots regular season game vs. the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, October 20, 2013.

RIDLEY QUALIFIES FOR THE ALL-TIME TEAM LEAD IN RUSHING AVERAGE
Stevan Ridley has 455 rushing attempts for 2,024 yards for a 4.45 yard average and now qualifies for the all-time team lead in rushing average. He entered the game needing six more rushing attempts to meet the team qualification of 450 rushing attempts to qualify for the team lead in rushing average. Ridley finished with 11 carries for 50 yards against the Jets.

Highest Average Rushing gain (Career) (450 attempts)

Player..................Average
Stevan Ridley..........4.45, 2011-2013 (455-2,024)
Corey Dillon............4.22, 2004-06 (753-3,180)
Craig James............4.22, 1984-88 (585-2,469)
Kevin Faulk.............4.17, 1999-11 (864-3,607)
Laurence Maroney....4.17, 2006-09 (582-2,430)

GRONKOWSKI RETURNS TO ACTION
Rob Gronkowski returned to action after missing the first six games of the season. He was in the starting lineup and his first reception was a 12-yarder from Tom Brady in the first quarter. Gronkowski led the team with 8 receptions for 114 yards.

GRONKOWSKI SETS PATRIOTS TEAM MARK FOR A TE WITH 10TH 100-YARD GAME
Gronkowski registered his 10th career 100-yard game after finishing with 8 receptions for 114 yards. He entered the game tied with Ben Coates with 9 100-yard games.

Most 100-yard Games by a Patriots Tight End

Player.............................100-Yard Games
Rob Gronkowski..................10
Ben Coates.........................9

GRONK GOOD FOR A FIRST DOWN
Rob Gronkowski’s first catch of the 2013 season went 12 yards for a first down and Gronkowski finished with eight catches in the game for six first downs. The first down conversion is something that Gronk has mastered since his arrival in the league in 2010, as he leads all tight ends in first down conversion percentage during that time.

2013 THIRD-ROUND PICK LOGAN RYAN RETURNS A PICK FOR A TOUCHDOWN
CB Logan Ryan returned his first NFL interception 79 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was the first interception returned for a touchdown by the Patriots since CB Aqib Talib (59 yards) and CB Alfonzo Dennard (87 yards) returned picks for touchdowns vs. Indianapolis (11-18-12).

The last Patriots player to return their first career interception for a touchdown was Kyle Arrington in 2010 against the Green Bay Packers, when he took back a Matt Flynn pass 36 yards for a touchdown. The last rookie Patriots player to return their first career interception for a touchdown was James Sanders in 2005:

CHANDLER JONES SETS CAREER HIGH WITH 6.5 SACKS; HAS SECOND TWO-SACK GAME AGAINST THE JETS IN 2013
DE Chandler Jones had two sacks to increase his 2013 total to 6.5. As a rookie in 2012, Jones finished with 6.0 sacks. Jones now has two 2-sack games in 2013. He had two sacks in in the first Jets game on Sept. 12. Jones now has three 2-sack games. He had one as a rookie in 2012.

CHANDLER JONES - FIRST PATRIOT TO START HIS CAREER WITH TWO 5-PLUS SACK SEASONS SINCE CHRIS SLADE
DE Chandler Jones has 6.5 sacks in 2013 and had 6.0 sacks as a rookie in 2012. He is the first Patriots player with 5-plus sacks in each of his first two NFL seasons since Chris Slade in 1993 (9.0) and 1994 (9.5).

STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI EXTENDS FIELD GOAL STREAK TO 12
Stephen Gostkowski extended his streak to 13 straight field goals with his 39-yard field goal in the third quarter and a 44-yarder in the fourth quarter. The active streak spans five games, beginning with a 53-yard field goal at Gillette against the Buccaneers. It is the longest streak of Gostkowski’s career.

Stephen Gostkowski Most Consecutive Field Goals Made

Streak Start.........................Finish.....................FGM.......Long
9/22/2013 vs. Tampa Bay.....Current....................13.........54
9/14/2009 vs. BUF...............10/11/2009 @ DEN.....12.........53
9/30/2012 @ BUF.................11/11/2012 vs. BUF....11........48t
9/12/2011 @ MIA.................10/20/2011 @ PIT.....11.........47
9/16/2007 vs. SD.................11/25/2007 vs. PHI....11.........45
11/5/2006 vs. IND................12/24/2006 @ JAX......11.........52

GOSTKOWSKI QUICKLY APPROACHING THE TEAM RECORD FOR CONSECUITVE FIELD GOALS
Gostkowski is quickly approaching the team record for consecutive field goals made in a single season as well. The record is held by Adam Vinatieri, who booted 23 consecutive field goals in the 2004 season:

Most Consecutive Field Goals Made in a Single Season in Patriots History

Rank....Player..................Streak Start.................Finish.......................FGM
1.......Adam Vinatieri..........10/17/2004 vs. SEA......12/26/2004 @ NYJ.........23
2.......Adam Vinatieri..........8/31/1997 vs. SD........11/09/1997 @ BUF.........17
3.......Adam Vinatieri..........10/8/2000 vs. IND.......12/4/2000 vs. KC.........16
4.......Tony Franklin...........10/16/1986 @ BUF........11/23/1986 vs. BUF.......14
5.......Stephen Gostkowski......9/22/2013 vs. TB........Current..................13
5.......Adam Vinatieri..........10/17/1999 vs. MIA......2/19/1999 @ PHI..........13
6.......Stephen Gostkowski......9/14/2009 vs. BUF.......10/11/2009 @ DEN.........12
6.......Shayne Graham...........11/14/2010 @ PIT........1/02/2011 vs. MIA........12

PATRIOTS END STREAK AT 12 STRAIGHT DIVISION WINS
The Patriots ended a streak of 12 straight wins over AFC East opponents.

Most consecutive wins against division opponents since realignment in 2002

Wins/Team .........Streak
12 Patriots........(2010-13)
12 Baltimore.......(2010-12)
12 Green Bay.......(2010-12)
12 Indianapolis....(2004-06)

PATRIOTS FORCE A TURNOVER FOR THE 34th STRAIGHT GAME
The Patriots have now forced a turnover in 34 straight games dating back to 2011 after Logan Ryan’s first quarter interception that was returned for a touchdown. It is the longest active streak in the NFL. The NFL record for most consecutive games with a turnover since the merger in 1970 is 71 by Philadelphia from 1985-1990. The last time the Patriots did not register at least one turnover was on Oct. 9, 2011 vs. the New York Jets.

ROOKIE CHRIS JONES HAS FIRST CAREER 2-SACK GAME
Rookie DL Chris Jones registered his first NFL two-sack game. It was his second game with multiple sacks. He was credited with 1.5 sacks at Cincinnati

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