Patriots crush sorry Jets

  • Last Updated: November 23 2012, 6:08 GMT

A review of the Thanksgiving Day action in the NFL as New England, Washington and Houston all won.

Tom Brady: Three touchdown passes against the Jets
Tom Brady: Three touchdown passes against the Jets

Tom Brady was at his devastating best as a 35-point second quarter saw the New England Patriots destroy the New York Jets 49-19.

Brady threw for 323 yards, including three touchdowns, and ran for a score. One of the three was an 83-yard pass to Shane Vereen and another a 56-yard effort to Julian Edelman, who also returned a fumble for a TD.

The Patriots scored three touchdowns in an astonishing 52 seconds at one point as coach Bill Belichick recorded his 200th win.

Brady was matched by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who passed for 311 yards, including four touchdowns, in a 38-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Shayne Graham kicked a 32-yard field goal with less than three minutes left in overtime to give the Houston Texans a dramatic win at the Detroit Lions.

Detroit kicker Jason Hanson had the chance to win a rollercoaster game on the fifth possession of overtime, but his 47-yard effort hit the right upright.

Despite such a thrilling climax, the biggest talking point of the game was a costly blunder from Lions' coach Jim Schwartz.

Schwartz threw a challenge flag when Houston's Justin Forsett scored on an 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Replays showed Forsett was down by contact near midfield, but Schwartz negated the automatic review by challenging the play and was penalised for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The Texans, who improved to 10-1 at the top of the AFC South, took their first lead of the contest when Graham made up for missing a field goal earlier in an overtime period filled with turnovers.

They have won five straight and two in a row in OT, and if a handful of teams lose they might be in the play-offs by the time they get back on the practice field after a long weekend.


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