FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) --
The New England Patriots used their most complete game of the season to beat the New York Jets 30-21 on Sunday in the latest renewal of their fierce rivalry.
"Obviously, our passing game has been unreal," said Green-Ellis, signed in 2008 as a rookie free agent from Mississippi, "so we want to be an offense that can be able to do whatever we want to do, run or pass, and complement our defense."
The Patriots (4-1) never trailed and won their 19th straight regular-season game at home. The Jets (2-3) lost their third straight.
"I never thought we'd have a three-game losing streak like this," quarterback Mark Sanchez said. "It's just frustrating."
The Patriots had allowed an average of 477.5 yards, the most in the league. But they held Sanchez to 16 completions in 26 attempts for 166 yards and two touchdowns one week after he threw for just 119 yards in a 34-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
"I think every week we've been getting better and better and better (defensively) and today was a good day to get back on track," defensive tackle
And they did it without star linebacker
In the most recent meeting of the rivalry, Sanchez outplayed Brady in New York's 28-21 playoff win on Jan. 16. But the crowd was unusually subdued throughout the first half Sunday, perhaps because of the lackluster play that included six penalties by each team.
Few players referred to the rivalry after the game.
Brady had another strong game, completing 24 of 33 passes for one touchdown and one interception as the Patriots scored at least 30 points for the 13th straight regular-season game.
"Obviously, they're the better team right now," said Jets coach Rex Ryan, his usual bravado missing.
"Against New England, you've got to get off the field. They did a great job sustaining drives. You've got to give them all the credit. They earned it."
New England scored the first 10 points and led 10-7 at halftime.
The Jets staged a comeback after falling behind 27-14, marching 85 yards to a 21-yard scoring pass from Sanchez to Santonio Holmes. Sanchez was 5 for 6 on the drive for 65 yards - more than 40 percent of his total for the game.
But the Patriots came right back, holding the ball for 6:12 and scoring with 1:02 remaining on
On the first play of the third quarter, Brady and
"I took my eyes off of him," cornerback Antonio Cromartie said. "I took one peep. As soon as I peeped, he went the opposite way. That's all on me."
The Jets struck right back when Joe McKnight returned the kickoff 88 yards one week after scoring on a 107-yard kickoff return. New York needed just three plays to reach the end zone on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez to Jeremy Kerley, cutting the lead to 17-14.
Green-Ellis, who had 27 carries, then scored his second 3-yard touchdown with 1:20 left in the third quarter, and Gostkowski added a 24-yard field goal with 12:57 to go in the game.
"BenJarvus is a great guy to block for," Patriots guard
The Jets failed to get a first down on their first four possessions, punting on each one.
"I don't know the reason we came out so slow," Sanchez said. "It's really too bad."
But on their next series, they held the ball for 7:54 and scored on Shonn Greene's 3-yard run, the 13th play of a 78-yard drive, as they cut the lead to 10-7.
The Patriots got the ball with 3:17 left in the half and had a second-and-10 on the Jets 11 with 9 seconds remaining. Brady threw the ball to
It was the first regular-season red-zone interception Brady has thrown at home in his career.
New England had taken a 7-0 lead when Green-Ellis scored on a 3-yard run midway through the first quarter.
It went to 10-0 on a 44-yard field goal by Gostkowski with 11:15 left in the second quarter. The Jets appeared to have the Patriots stopped when Hernandez failed to catch Brady's pass on third-and-five at the Jets 39, but Kyle Wilson was called for illegal contact, giving the Patriots a first down.
Notes: The Patriots' 13 straight regular-season games of at least 30 points are one less than the record set by the St. Louis Rams in 1999-2000. ... Jets C Nick Mangold played after missing the past two games with a high right ankle sprain. ... The Patriots had Hernandez and DT