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NFL: Jets down Patriots in overtime thriller

BEST IN THE EASTForced to overtime by a last-second New England touchdown, Jay Feely kicked a 34-yard field goal to clinch the win as well as the top spot in the AFC East division

AFP , FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS

The New York Jets twice surrendered the lead, but defeated New England 34-31 in overtime on Thursday to take over first place in the National Football League’s AFC East division.

Jay Feely’s 34-yard field goal on the first overtime possession sealed the victory for the Jets, who improved to 7-3 and avenged a loss to the Patriots in the second week of the season.

New England quarterback Matt Cassel connected with Randy Moss on a 16-yard touchdown with one second remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.

The Jets’ Thomas Jones had dived in for a go-ahead touchdown with little more than three minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Brett Favre completed 26-of-33 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns for the Jets, who won their fourth straight game to move one game ahead of the Patriots in the divison.

One of Favre’s touchdowns was caught by Leon Washington, who also returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown.

Feely, filling in for the injured Mike Nugent, had two field goals, improving to 18-of-22 on the season.

The Jets set the tone on the game’s opening drive, marching 62 yards in 10 plays and finishing off with a seven-yard screen pass from Favre to Washington, who eluded three tacklers to score.

The Patriots’ first two drives produced field goals of 42 and 31 yards from Steven Gostkowski.

After the second field goal, Washington took the kickoff at his eight-yard line and ran all the way for a touchdown that put the Jets ahead 17-6.

The Jets stretched the lead to 24-6 when Favre connected with Jerricho Cotchery for a 15-yard touchdown less than five minutes before halftime.

The Patriots answered with Jabar Gaffney catching a 19-yard scoring pass from Cassel with 15 seconds to play in the second quarter to pull within 24-13.

The Patriots narrowed the gap further late in the third quarter, when Cassel found Watson for a touchdown and then hit Gaffney for the two-point conversion.

New England knotted the score at 24-24 when Gostkowski converted his third field goal of the game from 47 yards with 10:22 remaining in the fourth.

Cassel, who took over at quarterback after New England lost superstar Tom Brady to injury in the opening game of the season, threw for a career-best 400 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for 62 yards.

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