Pharoah Brown stole the show with a big play, but it’s his physicality that impresses the Patriots.
Bill Belichick credits Patriots with ‘tough’ win over Jets
The frustration felt by both the Patriots and Jets finally seemed to spill over into a slippery MetLife Stadium field during the fourth quarter Sunday afternoon.
After a failed QB sneak from Mack Jones on 4th and 1, a scrap broke out among the pile of players around the line of scrimmage. As Jones appeared to take the brunt of the punishment, Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley threw him to the turf.
It didn’t get any better for Jones after emerging from the scrimmage, Jets cornerback Suce Gardner shoving him back to the ground as the signal caller made his way to the sideline.
No penalty was assessed for the scrap, although it looked like the Jets defenders took some liberties against Jones after the play was whistled.
Postgame, Gardner said the reason Jones was pushed was because the Patriots QB hit him lightly.
“It’s probably the first time that’s ever happened to me,” Gardner said after New England’s 15-10 win. “[Jones] He was tackled, and he reached his hand up to let me try to help him. And I just moved his hand out of the way. So then he gets up, that’s it [came[ up to me like, ‘Good job.’ But while he’s saying that, he hit me in my private parts. … I definitely wasn’t expecting that.”