The Patriots' 29-26 overtime victory over the Jets on Sunday in Foxboro showed the same weaknesses that have troubled the team all season.
It was a win, and a division win at at that, as the Patriots moved to 4-3 atop the AFC East. Still, the problems in the secondary on defense and the offense's inability to close out games with a clock-killing drive all showed up again.
The Patriots blew another fourth-quarter lead, but this time they rallied with a tying field goal by Stephen Gostkowski and what turned out to be a winning field goal by Gostkowski in overtime.
The victory was sealed by linebacker Rob Ninkovich's strip-sack and fumble recovery on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Patriots got a few other breaks from the Jets as well. Dropped balls, a safety and some questionable play-calling.
It all added up to escaping with a victory that few could call satisfying.