Ryan: Dobson's first NFL TD a 'freebie'

Ryan: Dobson's first NFL TD a 'freebie'
September 13, 2013, 1:45 am
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots scored only one touchdown Thursday night 13-10 victory over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium.

And while the 39-yard TD pass down the right side of the field marked Aaron Dobson's first career NFL catch, the Jets considered it a "freebie."

Dobson lined up behind his right tackle, and took off up the right side of the field once the ball was snapped. There was never a single New York defender who picked him up out of the backfield, and Dobson was wide open for Tom Brady to find him for the touchdown strike, giving the Patriots an early 7-0 lead after their first possession.

After the game, Jets coach Rex Ryan was asked if the score was a result of a busted coverage.

"That's exactly what it was," said Ryan. "I think the first indication of that was that nobody was there. It's hard to deal with. We thought we had a heck of a game plan going in. I thought we had a chance to win.

"To give a freebie like that to Brady; we talked about it all week long, we can't afford mental mistakes against Brady. Because you hope sometimes, if you're living right a lot of times, you get away with one of those. But not against him."