The New England Patriots were handed a 24-14 loss by the New York Jets Monday night at Foxboro Stadium.
The key moment in the Patriots loss came with 2:29 remaining in the third quarter. Drew Bledsoe, after guiding his team deep into Jets territory, was pressured up the middle by Moe Lewis and uncorked a pass intended for wide receiver Shawn Jefferson. But the pass was intercepted in the back-corner of the endzone by cornerback Aaron Glenn.
The interception proved to spark the Jets, as Vinny Testaverde capped a 17-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Brady. John Hall's extra point gave the Jets a 17-14 lead with 8:54 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Perhaps the devastating blow to the Patriots (4-2), was that the scoring drive lasted 8:35.
The Jets, who improve to 3-3, put the game out of reach on their ensuing drive when Testaverde connected on a 43-yard touchdown pass to Dedric Ward for a 24-14 lead and final.
Other Notables: The following players were listed as inactive for New England:QB 16 Scott Zolak, RB 44 Harlod Shaw, OLB 51 Bernard Russ, OL 60 Scott Rehberg, G 61 Damon Denson, OT 66 Ed Ellis, WR 82 Vincent Brisby, DE 94 Greg Spires.
The following players did not play for New England: RB 23 Sedrick Shaw, OL 67 Jason Andersen.
Rookie running back Robert Edwards had a touchdown run in the first quarter making him the only player in NFL history to score a touchdown in each of his first-six games.
Defensive end Willie McGinest left the game in the first half with a strained groin. Wide receiver Troy Brown sustained an ankle injury late in the fourth quarter and did not return.
Jets tight end Kyle Brady had two touchdown catches in the game; a one-yard grab in the first quarter and another one-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Until tonight, the Jets had lost 31 consecutive games when trailing going into the fourth quarter.
Drew Bledsoe went 18-for-30 for 206 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Vinny Testaverde went 22-for-32 for 294 yards and threw three touchdown passes.
Robert Edwards rushed for 104 yards on 22 attempts. New York Jets runningback Curtis Martin rushed for 107 yards on 28 attempts.