The last time New York faced off against New England, it did so without one of its most dynamic playmakers in Jeremy Kerley. After losing their first encounter by three points in Week 2, Gang Green walked out on Sunday with a huge overtime win 30-27. Kerley's playmaking proved to be crucial in the big win on Sunday, providing a reliable target for Geno Smith. The game started off on the right foot for Kerley who hauled in three passes for 36 yards on the game's opening drive. The drive ultimately ended with a 12-yard touchdown reception by Kerley on third down, putting New York on the board first.
The third year player from TCU ended the game with a total of eight receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown. Six of Kerley's receptions came in timely fashion, moving the chains on third down for the Jets. His breakout performance against the Pats set a career high of eight receptions in a game, while taking the team lead in receptions and receiving yards. Also, his opening drive touchdown was his second of the season, tying Kellen Winslow and Jeff Cumberland for the team lead.
Beating the Pats is always satisfying for the Jets, especially doing so at home. The heated rivalry between the two teams is unlike any other in the NFL, and Kerley knows that getting this win will give the team a big boost of confidence heading forward. "It's a big push," admitted Kerley postgame. "That is a division team. We definitely want to get up in the division but a win like that against an opponent like that is a big motivation and hopefully a drive for the next some odd games."
To go along with the great performance by No. 11, the defense held Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense to just 1-of-12 on third down. Stopping the Pats from converting on third down was not the only key note of the game. The Jets also recorded one interception returned for a touchdown by Antonio Allen, and the secondary prevented Brady from throwing a touchdown. The great defensive play did not go unnoticed by the offense, giving them a spark in the second half.
"We needed them to make plays and time and time again they did it," said Kerley on the defenses' huge game.
Big games call for big time players and the Jets found one in Kerley this past week. His big performance in the overtime thriller helped Gang Green earn the win, while proving the Jets can compete against the best in the league. For Kerley and the Jets, beating the Patriots gave them a great confidence boost heading into Cincinnati for their showdown against A.J Green and the tenacious defense of the Bengals.