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Grading Out the Jets Win Over the Patriots

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Quarterback (A) - Mark Sanchez turned in arguably his finest performance since becoming a starting quarterback in the NFL by out playing Tom Brady in his own building, to the tune of 16/25, 194 yards, and three TDs. The Sanchez discussion is over, the guy has four road playoff wins in his first two years in league and always rises to the occasion in a big spot. The Jets have their franchise quarterback.

Running Back (A) - The Jets made the right call by making Shonn Greene the lead horse with 17 carries and he responded with 76 yards and a touchdown. LaDainian Tomlinson looked good in his 10 carries for 43 yards and added a touchdown reception.

Wide Receivers (A) - The Flight Boys in the building! All three of the Jets receivers made their mark on this game. Braylon Edwards continued his terrific season and displayed his athleticism by carrying two Patriots defensive backs into the end-zone. Santonio Holmes showed his fancy footwork again on a beautiful touchdown reception. Jerricho Cotchery, the guy you nearly forgot about, led the way with 5 receptions for 96 yards including a momentum swinging 58 yard reception in the 4th quarter.

Tight Ends (B) - A quiet day from Dustin Keller but him and Ben Hartsock did the job in the running game.

Offensive Line (A) - Controlled the line of scrimmage for the second week in a row and kept Mark Sanchez clean all game. Wayne Hunter did an excellent job filling in for Damien Woody.

Defensive Line (A) - You can't really say enough about the effort put forth by Shaun Ellis who was a man possessed yesterday, with two sacks and 5 tackles. Sione Pouha added a sack and was strong in run support all day, as was Mike DeVito and Trevor Pryce.

Linebackers (A) - David Harris had a timely interception that stopped the early momentum New England was building and had 12 tackles. Calvin Pace had a monster sack of Brady late in the game that nearly ripped his shoulder out. The rest of linebackers deserve credit for the job they did in run support.

Secondary (A) - Just a terrific all around job by everybody, especially Eric Smith who played the game of his life with 10 tackles and a TFL. Drew Coleman was also all over the field with 4 tackles, a sack, and a pass defensed. Darrelle Revis did what he does and Antonio Cromartie played one of his better games of the year.

Special Teams (C) - You hate to see Nick Folk miss such an easy field goal and Steve Weatherford had an off day but they were alert on the fake punt and had a few nice returns.

Coaching (A++) - Brilliant game plan by Rex Ryan who was two steps ahead of Bill Belichick all game.