Brady Throws 3 TDs As Pats Beat Jets 37-16

November 14, 2011 - 1:05 AM
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New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) tries to throw the ball away and is called for a safety as he is pressured by New York Jets outside linebacker Jamaal Westerman (55) during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes, including two to Rob Gronkowski, and the New England Patriots took control of the AFC East with a convincing 37-16 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday night.

After the Jets got within a score at 23-16 early in the fourth quarter, Brady coolly led the Patriots (6-3) down the field on an 84-yard drive that was capped by an 8-yard touchdown catch by Deion Branch.

New England linebacker Rob Ninkovich sealed the victory — which snapped a two-game skid — on the Jets' next possession with a 12-yard interception return for a touchdown midway through the final quarter.

The game was a showdown for the top spot in the division, but it was no contest as the Patriots took over sole possession by snapping the Jets' three-game winning streak. It was also the first home loss for the Jets (5-4).