Patriots end season with 28-14 win over Jets

Patriots end season with 28-14 win over Jets
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton carries the ball against the New York Jets in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Elise Amendola/AP)

FOXBORO, Mass. — In their final game of the 2020 season, the New England Patriots pulled away from the New York Jets in the fourth quarter, winning 28-14 and finishing the year with a 7-9 record.

Cam Newton (21-for-30, 242 yards, 4 TOT TDs) threw for a trio of touchdowns in the win while hauling in a fourth on a pass from WR Jakobi Meyers. His 19-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter knotted the score at 14-14, while his 26-yard strike to TE Devin Asiasi to open the fourth quarter stood as the game-winning touchdown.

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Newton also hit RB James White with a seven-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, while RB Sony Michel hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass to pad the lead in the fourth quarter.

And while the Jets (2-14) finished the year with the second-worst record in the NFL, New York led the Patriots midway through the third quarter. Originally trailing 7-0, QB Sam Darnold (23-for-34, 266 yards, TD, 2 INTs) hit TE Chris Herndon with a 21-yard touchdown pass near the end of the first half to even the score.

Midway through the third quarter, the Jets took their only lead of the day when RB Josh Adams ran into the end zone from the 1-yard line. That set the stage for Newton and the Patriots to pull ahead for good in the second half.

And while New York drove the length of the field in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, CB Jonathan Jones hauled in an interception in the end zone to maintain the two-touchdown lead for the Patriots. CB J.C. Jackson also intercepted Darnold earlier in the contest, picking off his ninth pass of the season for New England.

The win closes out the season for the Patriots, who finished third in their division for the first time since 1985. It’s the first season they did not win the AFC East since 2008.