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New England travels to New York this weekend to take on their AFC East rival Jets in the never-friendly Meadowlands Saturday night.

The 2003 AFC East Champions travel to the Meadowlands this week to face the New York Jets with playoff positioning at stake. New England brings a franchise-record 10-game winning streak and an NFL-best 12-2 record into the game, matching up against a Jets team that has won three of its last four games and each of its last three home games. New England has clinched the division title and is assured of a home playoff game, but still has a hefty amount of work to do as it tries to secure an ever-important first-round bye.

This week against the Jets, the Patriots will bid for their first season sweep of New York since 1996. The New England defense will have its hands full with a multi-dimensional New York offense featuring the rushing exploits of Curtis Martin (4.1 yards per carry) and the aerial prowess of quarterback Chad Pennington and his favorite target, Santana Moss (10 touchdowns). The New England run stuffing unit is ranked third in the NFL and will hope to stifle Martin's effectiveness, while the Patriots secondary has been a force all season (22 interceptions) and will try to prey on Pennington when he ventures downfield.

The New England offense has felt at home on the road recently, averaging 30.3 points in its last three road contests, including a 38-point outburst the last time the Patriots ventured out of Gillette Stadium on Nov. 30. Tom Brady is 23-4 in his career in games played after Nov. 1, and will try to improve his career record to 3-0 at the Meadowlands.

This week's game will be televised by ESPN. The game can be seen locally on WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston. Mike Patrick will handle the play-by-play duties, while Paul Maguire and Joe Theismann will provide analysis. Suzy Kolber will deliver reports from the sidelines throughout the game. Immediately following the game, the Fifth Quarter postgame show can be seen on WSBK-TV Channel 38 in Boston.

WBCN 104.1 FM is the flagship station for the Patriots Rock Radio Network. Play-by-play broadcaster Gil Santos is in his 27th season as the voice of the Patriots and calls the action along with Patriots Hall of Famer Gino Cappelletti. In 2003, Santos and Cappelletti celebrate their 20th season as a broadcast tandem.

In 2003, the Patriots have experienced the most regular-season success in team history. The 2003 squad is the first team in franchise history to win 12 regular-season games, besting the previous club mark of 11 wins (accomplished six times, most recently in 2001). New England has established the best 14-game record in franchise history with a 12-2 start to the 2003 season. The Patriots' previous best 14-game start was in 1976 when they finished the 14-game regular season with an 11-3 record.

The Patriots have won 10 games in a row, setting a franchise record for consecutive regular-season victories. New England's run of victories began with a 38-30 win over Tennessee at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 5, and is the longest winning streak in the NFL this season.

The AFC East Champions are assured of hosting a playoff game and control their playoff positioning with two games remaining. New England can clinch a first-round bye this week if Denver beats Indianapolis on Sunday night. If the Patriots win their next two games, they will be assured of the top seed in the AFC and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Patriots can clinch a first-round bye this week with—
1.IND loss
2.NE win or tie IND tie

The Patriots and Jets will meet for the 88th time since the series between the AFC East rivals began in 1960. The Patriots have won three of the last four games between the teams, with two of the three victories coming at the Meadowlands. The Jets hold an overall edge in the series, but the Patriots lead the series 10-9 since Robert Kraft purchased the Patriots in 1994. New England defeated the Jets 23-16 at Gillette Stadium in their first meeting this season, breaking a five-game home losing streak to the Jets. The teams have split the season series each of the past two years, with all games being won by the visiting team in both 2001 and 2002. Last season, the teams split their two games, with the Patriots taking a 44-7 win away from the Meadowlands on Sept. 14 and the Jets posting a 30-17 victory at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 22. The Patriots have won three of their last four games against the Jets at the Meadowlands.


DateResult /-
1960Patriots 28, at Jets 24 4
at Patriots 38, Jets 21 17
1961Jets 21, at Patriots 20 -1
at Jets 37, Patriots 30 -7
1962Patriots 43, at Jets 14 29
at Patriots 24, Jets 17 7
1963at Patriots 38, Jets 14 24
at Jets 31, Patriots 24 -7
1964at Patriots 26, Jets 10 16
at Jets 35, Patriots 14 -21
1965Jets 30, at Patriots 20 -10
Patriots 27, at Jets 23 4
1966at Patriots 24, Jets 24 tie
at Jets 38, Patriots 28 -10
1967at Jets 30, Patriots 23 -7
Jets 29, at Patriots 24 -5
1968Jets 47, Patriots 31 -16
(at Birmingham)
at Jets 48, Patriots 14 -34
1969Jets 23, at Patriots 14 -9
at Jets 23, Patriots 17 -6
1970Jets 31, at Patriots 21 -10
at Jets 17, Patriots 3 -14
1971at Patriots 20, Jets 0 20
at Jets 13, Patriots 6 -7
1972Jets 41, at Patriots 13 -28
at Jets 34, Patriots 10 -24
1973Jets 9, at Patriots 7 -2
at Jets 33, Patriots 13 -20
1974Patriots 24, at Jets 0 24
Jets 21, at Patriots 16 -5
1975at Jets 36, Patriots 7 -29
Jets 30, at Patriots 28 -2
1976at Patriots 41, Jets 7 34
Patriots 38, at Jets 24 14
1977at Jets 30, Patriots 27 -3
at Patriots 24, Jets 13 11
1978at Patriots 55, Jets 21 34
Patriots 19, at Jets 17 2
1979at Patriots 56, Jets 3 53
at Jets 27, Patriots 26 -1
1980Patriots 21, at Jets 11 10
at Patriots 34, Jets 21 13
1981at Jets 28, Patriots 24 -4
Jets 17, at Patriots 6 -11
1982Jets 31, at Patriots 7 -24
1983at Patriots 23, Jets 13 10
at Jets 26, Patriots 3 -23
1984Patriots 28, at Jets 21 7
at Patriots 30, Jets 20 10
1985at Patriots 20, Jets 13 7
at Jets 16, Patriots 13 ot -3
1986Patriots 20, at Jets 6 14
Jets 31, at Patriots 24 -7
1987at Jets 43, Patriots 24 -19
at Patriots 42, Jets 20 22
1988at Patriots 28, Jets 3 25
Patriots 14, at Jets 13 1
1989Patriots 27, at Jets 24 3
Jets 27, at Patriots 26-1
1990Jets 37, at Patriots 13-24
at Jets 42, Patriots 7-35
1991Jets 28, at Patriots 21-7
Patriots 6, at Jets 3 3
1992at Jets 30, Patriots 21-9
at Patriots 24, Jets 3 21
1993at Jets 45, Patriots 7-38
Jets 6, at Patriots 0-6
1994at Jets 24, Patriots 17-7
at Patriots 24, Jets 13 11
1995Patriots 20, at Jets 7 13
at Patriots 31, Jets 28 3
1996Patriots 31, at Jets 27 4
at Patriots 34, Jets 10 24
1997at Patriots 27, Jets 24 ot 3
at Jets 24, Patriots 19-5
1998Jets 24, at Patriots 14-10
at Jets 31, Patriots 10-21
1999Patriots 30, at Jets 28 2
Jets 24, at Patriots 17-7
2000at Jets 20, Patriots 19-1
Jets 34, at Patriots 17-17
2001Jets 10, at Patriots 3-7
Patriots 17, at Jets 16 1
2002Patriots 44, at Jets 7 37
Jets 30, at Patriots 17-13
2003at Patriots 23, Jets 16 7


2003 Regular SeasonNew EnglandNew York
Divisional Standings1stT-3rd
Total Yards Gained4,4474,345
Total Offense (Rank)317.6 (18)310.4 (20)
Rush Offense95.9 (27)102.3 (24)
Pass Offense221.7 (9)208.1 (15)
Points Per Game21.117.6
Total Yards Allowed4,0894,651
Total Defense292.1 (7)332.2 (T-21)
Rush Defense88.8 (3)148.6 (31)
Pass Defense203.3 (17)183.6 (6)
Points Allowed/Game15.918.2
Possession Avg.30:5527:23
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost30/20523/161
Sacks Made/Yards33/20833/206
Interceptions By229
Penalties Against/Yards102/93361/485
Takeaway/Giveaway Ratio 10 3

- The Patriots have six former Jets on their roster (Rick Lyle, Anthony Pleasant, Roman Phifer, Bobby Hamilton, Dedric Ward and Fred Baxter).

  • Five Patriots coaches have also coached for the Jets (Bill Belichick, Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis, Brad Seely, Eric Mangini).
  • Tom Brady is 3-1 as a starter against the Jets.
  • The Patriots have a 13-5 record against the AFC East since the beginning of the 2001 season. It's the best record among AFC East teams over that span.

Patriots 23, Jets 16 – September 21, 2003

The Patriots scored a pair of second-half touchdowns to pull ahead of the Jets and win the 2003 Gillette Stadium opener by a 23-16 score. Running backs Kevin Faulk and Antowain Smith combined for 134 yards on 30 carries (4.5 avg.) for New England to grind out yards and consistently move the ball on offense. Tom Brady completed 15 of 25 passes for 181 yards and ran for a touchdown. The defense supplied the day's other touchdown, courtesy of a 55-yard interception return by rookie cornerback Asante Samuel.

The teams traded three field goals in the first two-and-a-half quarters to leave the game in a 9-9 deadlock with time ticking down in the third quarter. Then, Brady got the Patriots into the end zone not with his arm but with his feet, as he ran the ball in from one yard out to give the Patriots a 16-9 lead. On the Jets' possession after Brady's touchdown, Samuel continued the Patriots' push by picking off a Vinny Testaverde pass on the first play of the fourth quarter and returning it 55 yards for a touchdown and a 23-9 Patriots lead with 14:49 left in the game. But the Jets did not go down without a fight, needing just four plays after Samuel's touchdown to come up with a score of their own on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Testaverde to Wayne Chrebet to cut New England's lead to 23-16. The Patriots defense answered the call as the game wound down, forcing the Jets to miss a field goal, then allowing them just one first down on their final two drives to preserve the divisional win and improve to 2-1 on the season.

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