Patriots hold on, but OT win over Jets is troubling

Patriots hold on, but OT win over Jets is troubling
October 22, 2012, 6:00 am
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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.