This was a game the Jets could have won had a couple of things gone their way, but in predictably frustrating fashion, the Patriots overcame a slow start to score 24 unanswered points and held on to win. The loss drops the Jets to 3-3 on the season.
Josh McCown passed for 354 yards and two scores and the Jets forced a couple of turnovers. However, the Jets were once again overmatched in the trenches and didn't get much help from an officiating crew that controversially overturned a fourth quarter touchdown.
The game was a valuable learning experience for rookie Jamal Adams who had his hands full with Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski caught six passes for 83 yards and two scores, setting up another score by drawing a pass interference flag on Adams in the end zone.
If the Jets can be competitive against the Super Bowl champions, then they should theoretically be able to compete with anyone. However, the Patriots won despite having a few key guys out and, if recent history is anything to go by, probably aren't firing on all cylinders yet on either side of the ball.
Next week's trip to Miami should make for an interesting game, as the Dolphins came from 17-0 down to upset the Falcons earlier today.
There'll be much more analysis to follow tonight and over the next couple of days...