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Patriots vs. Jets: Game Notes

STREAK STOPPEDThe Patriots have lost consecutive games for the first time since December 2002, and their streak of 57 consecutive regular season games without back-to-back losses - the second longest streak since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger - has come to an end. The last time the Patriots had a losing streak was when they dropped a game at Tennessee (24-7, 12/16/02), and followed that with a home loss to the N.Y. Jets (30-17, 12/22/02). Today's loss ended a streak of 11 straight wins in games following a loss.

Reche Caldwell grabbed a career-high nine passes for 90 yards and a touchdown and led the team in receptions for the third time in the last four games. In addition to his nine catches, Caldwell also caught a 2-point conversion pass from Tom Brady in the fourth quarter to close the deficit to 17-14. Caldwell's nine receptions were the most by a Patriot this season and marked the first time a Patriots player had caught as many as nine passes since David Givens grabbed nine balls at Pittsburgh on Sept. 25, 2005.

SINGLE-SEASON CAREER HIGH FOR CALDWELLWith a 7-yard reception in the third quarter, Reche Caldwell set a new career-high with his 29th reception of the season. Caldwell finished the game with 32 receptions on the season, a number that tops all Patriots wide receivers and ranks second on the team to Benjamin Watson (34). The fifth-year veteran's previous career high was 28 receptions, achieved with the San Diego Chargers in 2005.

Rookie kicker Stephen Gostkowski made both of his field goals against the Jets. The two successful boots give him eight field goals in his last nine chances (88.9 percent). Gostkowski is 10-of-14 on the season (71.4 percent). Additionally, Gostkowski is perfect on extra points, hitting all 23 of his PAT chances.

Corey Dillon scampered for a 50-yard run late in the first quarter, marking the longest rush by a Patriot in nearly eight years. Dillon's rush was the longest for New England since Sedrick Shaw tore off a 71-yard run against the New York Jets on Dec. 27, 1998 at Giants Stadium. For Dillon, the 50-yard run was his longest rush since Oct. 6, 2002, when he ran for a 67-yard touchdown for the Cincinnati Bengals against the Indianapolis Colts. Prior to Dillon's 50-yard run, the longest rush for the Patriots since Bill Belichick became head coach in 2000 was a 45-yard touchdown run by Kevin Faulk against the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 3, 2002.

Corey Dillon's 98 rushing yards marked his highest output of the season and his highest rushing total since gaining 102 yards at Buffalo on Dec. 11, 2005. Dillon's 98 yards were the highest total by a Patriots player at Gillette Stadium since the 2004 divisional playoffs, when Dillon ran for 144 yards on 23 carries against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 16, 2005.

Artrell Hawkins intercepted a Chad Pennington pass early in the second quarter, marking Hawkins' first interception as a Patriot. The ninth-year veteran signed with the Patriots almost exactly a year ago (11/16/05) and the Jets game marks his 12th regular-season game for the Patriots and his ninth start. The interception was Hawkins' 11th career interception and his first since Dec. 5, 2004, when he recorded a pick for the Cincinnati Bengals in a game at New Orleans.

FOURTH-DOWN EFFICIENCYThe Patriots converted all three of their fourth-down chances in the game and have converted 11-of-14 fourth-down tries this season (78.6 percent). Two of the conversions came on New England's field-goal drive at the end of the first half. On that drive, Heath Evans ran for one yard on fourth-and-one at the Patriots' 44-yard line and Jabar Gaffney hailed in a 13-yard reception on fourth-and-two at the Jets' 24-yard line. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots converted a fourth-and-three at the Jets' 38-yard line on a 6-yard pass from Tom Brady to Benjamin Watson.


  • Artrell Hawkins' interception was New England's 10th interception of the year, equaling last year's 16-game total in this season's ninth game.
  • Rosevelt Colvin sacked Chad Pennington for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter, raising his season total to 3.5 sacks. That figure ranks second on the team behind only Jarvis Green's 5.5 sacks.
  • The Patriots had a total of 100 rushing yards in the first quarter (on 12 carries).
  • Ty Warren was listed as a gameday inactive for today's game. It is the first game Warren has missed in his career, having played in 56 straight regular-season games and eight playoff games since entering the league as the Patriots' first-round draft choice in 2003.

Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour invited 10 children from the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury to attend today's game. Seymour purchased game tickets and Patriots jerseys for each child and met with the group to sign autographs following the game. The group also got to watch pregame warm-ups from the sidelines.

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