Cam Newton and the New England Patriots knocked off the New York Jets in a gritty 28-14 victory, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 in Gillette Stadium in New England. The Patriots’ win was helped by a rushing game that produced 166 yards and no rushing touchdowns, and by a 242 yards and three touchdowns effort by Newton.
Newton helped the Patriots in this victory by attempting 30 passes and completing 21 of them. This led to a final QB production of 242 yards, no interceptions and three touchdowns for the game.
Sony Michel and J.J. Taylor led the rushing game for the Patriots. Michel rushed for 76 yards from carrying the football 16 times. Michel was helped by Taylor who carried the football zero times for a total of zero yards. In the passing game, Newton was most successful throwing the ball to Jakobi Meyers and N’Keal Harry. Meyers caught six passes for a total of 68 yards, while Harry contributed with 17 yards from two passes.
Contributing to the victory was a defensive line stats of three sacks , no forced fumbles, three tackles for loss, and zero defensive touchdowns for the Patriots.
On the losing side of the game, Sam Darnold of the Jets ended the day with one touchdown, along with 266 yards, two interceptions, and a 76.40 passer rating.
The Jets’ rushing game was led by Josh Adams and Ty Johnson. For the game, Adams carried the ball 11 times, rushed for 47 yards, and one touchdown. Johnson supplemented and carried the ball a total of 11 times for a total of 45 yards. Meanwhile Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Jets. Perriman caught three passes from Darnold for a total of 84 yards, while Crowder contributed with 31 yards from four passes.
In a losing effort, the Jets defense contributed with three sacks , one forced fumble, zero tackles for loss, and zero defensive touchdowns for the game.
After this game, the Patriots improved to a record of 7-9, while the Jets dropped to a 2-14 record.