Tom Brady threw a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns as the New England Patriots continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 30-23 win over the New York Jets.
Brady connected with Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski for late scores to end any hopes the Jets (4-2) had of a massive win in terms of the AFC East division race.
The veteran quarterback completed 13-of-16 passes in the fourth quarter alone, ending up throwing the ball 54 times on a day when they rushed the ball on only nine occasions – Brady was responsible for five of those.
Brady dived over for a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter to level the scores at 10-10, six minutes after the Jets had taken the lead on a five-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Jeremy Kerley.
A nine-yard rushing score from Chris Ivory put the Jets 17-16 in front going into the final 15 minutes and Nick Folk padded the lead with his second field goal.
But Brady marched the Patriots downfield and hit Amendola right on the goal-line for an eight-yard score to put them back in a three-point lead, continuing the topsy-turvy nature of the game.
As the seconds ticked down, with the Jets expecting a rare Patriots run, Brady lobbed the ball over to a wide-open Gronkowski to make it 30-20 with 78 seconds left on the clock.
But it was not over as the Jets quickly moved the ball into field-goal territory and Folk booted a 55-yarder with 23 seconds left, giving him time to make an onside kick.
That would succeed, giving the Jets the ball back, but on their final drive a costly false start penalty against Brandon Marshall ensured the clock would run out and give the Patriots their sixth win of the season.