Tale of the Tape
Chad Pennington

Posted Dec 23, 2002


A position by position breakdown of the Jets' performance against New England, which gave them a big win and kept their playoff hopes alive.

Quarterback:

 

Another impressive game for Chad Pennington, who finished with a 126.5 quarterback rating.

He came out of the gate hot, hitting his first 11 passes, and hit eight different targets in the game.

Pennington did a tremendous job hanging in the pocket and hitting Laveranues Coles with a perfect strike for a 32-yard TD in the first quarter. He was crushed by Patriots DT Richard Seymour as he was throwing.

Pennington displayed his fantastic ball fake skills, when he faked a handoff to Lamont Jordan, rolled right and hit Santana Moss for an 11-yard TD at the end of the first.

After completing his first 11, he threw four incompletions. He threw behind Wayne Chrebet on a second quarter crossing route.

Pennington showed his toughness again in the fourth quarter, when he stood in the pocket until the last second, and hit Coles for 17, as he got crushed by CB Ty Law and LB Mike Vrabel. Pennington had a tremendous pass to Coles on third and nine in the fourth for a gain of 13, and then hit Chrebet with a perfect strike in the back of the end zone for a TD, two plays later.

 

Wide Receiver:

 

A terrific game for the wideouts, who combined for 13 catches for 216 yards and three TD’s.

Laveranues Coles beat CB Leonard Myers and S Victor Green for a 32-yard TD in the first quarter. He beat S Tebucky Jones for a gain of 17 in the fourth, and beat CB Ty Law on a crossing route for 13 yards, a few plays later. Coles beat Myers for a key first down on third down with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, for a gain of nine.

Wayne Chrebet beat LB Mike Vrabel for a gain of 21 yards on the Jets third possession. He had a great block on CB Terrell Buckley on Santana Moss’ 47-yard gain on a screen in the first quarter. On the next play, Chrebet did a great job keeping his feet in bounds on a gain of 14. Chrebet beat Myers for a gain of 11 in the second quarter, and beat Myers again for a 15-yard TD, which gave the Jets a 27-17 lead

Moss showed his dynamic play-making ability on his 47-yard gain on a screen. He was also called for taunting after the play when he spun the ball and signaled for a first down. Two plays later, Moss beat S Lawyer Milloy for an 11-yard TD.

He also beat Law for a gain of 13 yards in the fourth.

 

 Running Back:

 

Curtis Martin had a hard-earned 106 yards. He took quite a pounding, and it wasn’t always pretty, but it was effective, and helped set up the play-action pass. He also went over 1,000 yards on the season.

Rich Anderson was a big part of this win with his work in the passing. He finished with five catches for 34 yards.

Lamont Jordan had an important third and one carry for a first down at the beginning of the fourth. Jordan had a fourth quarter fumble that was recovered by the Jets, and seemed to re-injured his ankle on the play.

The Jets were called for an illegal shift in the fourth quarter when two backs were moving at the same time.

 

 Tight End:

 

The tight ends had a solid game

Anthony Becht beat LB Ted Johnson for a gain of 15 in the first quarter.

Becht did a good job sealing the corner on a Curtis Martin gain of seven in the second quarter, and also had the key block on a gain of nine later in the same quarter.

 

Offensive Line:

 

The offensive line played very well after a shaky start. They didn’t allow a sack and led the way for a 106-yard performance for Curtis Martin.

Kevin Mawae was called for holding on the Jets first offensive play, but had the key block on Martin’s gain of nine in the second quarter.

Jason Fabini held DE Willie McGinest in the first quarter, but settled down after that and did a solid job the rest of the game.

Kareem McKenzie had a terrific downfield block on LB Ted Johnson that keyed the 47-yard gain by Santana Moss on a screen.

Dave Szott had a solid game as well. He recovered a Lamont Jordan fumble in the fourth.

 

Defensive Line:

 

The defensive line was superb.

Jason Ferguson blocked a first quarter pass, and had two quarterback pressures in a row on a drive at the end of the first quarter.

Larry Webster stopped RB Antwain Smith after a gain of one on the first play of the second quarter.

John Abraham and Shaun Ellis shared a sack in the second quarter. Abraham had a sack to end the third quarter, when he pushed T Matt Light into QB Tom Brady, forcing him to fall. He gave Light fits. He also had a neutral zone infraction late.

Ellis missed a sack opportunity and Brady scrambled for 14-yards on a 3rd and eight on the Patriots first scoring drive of the second half.

Josh Evans had a QB pressure at the end of the first half, crushing Brady has he threw, forcing an incompletion.

 

Linebacker:

 

The linebackers had a solid game for the most part, with Sam Cowart leading the way with nine tackles.

Marvin Jones stopped RB Antwain Smith short of the first down on a third and one on the Pats first drive of the second half. He had a quarterback pressure a few plays after that, crushing Brady has he threw.

Mo Lewis bit on a play-action fake, allowing TE Christian Fauria to get behind him and catch a six yard third quarter touchdown. A few plays before that Lewis missed a sack opportunity and Brady scrambled for 14 yards. Lewis stopped Faulk on the line on the last drive.

James Darling broke up a pass to Fauria to end New England’s final drive.

 

 Secondary:

 

A terrific game for the Jets secondary, which did a great job of disguising coverages and confusing QB Tom Brady.

Sam Garnes had a terrific first quarter. He made the tackles on RB Antwain Smith’s first two carries. Garnes knocked down a Brady pass on a blitz to end a Patriots first quarter drive.

Aaron Beasley had a real nice pass defensed on WR David Patten at the end of the first. Patten got by Beasley for a gain of 15 in the second, but a few plays later, Beasley broke up a pass to WR Donald Hayes. Beasley got a bit lucky when WR David Givens dropped a perfectly thrown ball, after beating him deep on a second quarter fly pattern.

Donnie Abraham basically iced the win with a pick on a deep fourth quarter pass to Patten. He then broke up a pass in the back of the end zone to Patten on the Pats final drive.

Jon McGraw also broke up a pass to RB Kevin Faulk in the end zone on the Patriots final drive.

 

Special Teams:

 

The Jets special teams had an up and down game.

Santana Moss had a terrific punt return in the first quarter for 34 yards, and might have taken it all the way, had he been able to make the punter miss. Moss also muffed a fourth quarter punt, but recovered it.

John Hall’s short kickoff to the 15-yard line led to a Kevin Faulk, 87-yard touchdown return. Jason Glenn had the best shot at him. Hall’s next kickoff landed on the 15 as well and Faulk returned it to the 38.

Glenn tipped a first quarter punt, but he probably should have blocked it.

Chris Baker was called for holding on the next play, forcing the Jets to start on the 17-yard line.

Matt Turk had a bad punt in the second quarter that went 32 yards, giving the Patriots the ball on the Jets 45-yard line. This drive ended in a field goal.

Hall had a 39-yard field goal in the second quarter, a 23-yarder in the third and a 43-yarder in the fourth.

Chad Morton forced a fumble on a third quarter Troy Brown punt return that was recovered by Nick Ferguson. Ferguson, Kelvin Moses, Glenn and Jerald Sowell all had two special teams tackles.

 

 



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