FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Cam Newton had three touchdown passes and caught another, and the New England Patriots rallied to beat the Jets, 28-14, on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for New England (7-9), which earned its 10th straight win over the Jets (2-14) but won’t be playing in the postseason for the first time since 2008.
It marked Newton’s first game with multiple passing touchdowns this season. He finished 21 of 30 for 242 yards. He also ran 11 times for 79 yards.
New England trailed, 14-7, early in the third quarter, but outscored the Jets, 21-0, the rest of the way in what was likely Adam Gase’s final game as Jets coach.
Sam Darnold, whose future with the Jets is also uncertain, was 23 of 34 for 266 yards, a touchdown and two second-half interceptions.
The Jets moved quickly on the first possession of the third quarter, taking their lead on Josh Adams’s 1-yard touchdown run. The score was set up by a 53-yard completion from Darnold to receiver Breshad Perriman that got the ball inside the Patriots’ 15-yard line.
New England went to its bag of tricks to tie it back up.
With the ball on the Jets’ 19-yard line, Newton handed the ball off to Sony Michel, who flipped the ball back to receiver Jakobi Meyers on an end-around. But Meyers stopped in the backfield and tossed a pass to a wide-open Newton for the touchdown. It marked the second touchdown pass of the season for Meyers.
Darnold was intercepted by J.C. Jackson on the Jets’ ensuing drive, giving the ball back to the Patriots on the Jets’ 45-yard line.
The Patriots took advantage, scoring four plays later on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Newton to tight end Devin Asiasi to make the score 21-14 with 13minutes 56 seconds left in the game.
Two series later, Newton connected with Michel for a 31-yard score.
It was 7-7 at halftime as both offenses had trouble sustaining drives. The exceptions came at the beginning and end of the half.
Newton made plays with both his arm and feet on the opening series of the game to put the Patriots in front.
First, he scampered for a 49-yard run to get New England to the 15-yard line. Four plays later, he connected with James White on a 7-yard touchdown pass to cap a seven-play, 84-yard drive.
The Jets had their most success on their second-to-last possession of the first half when Darnold punctuated their 10-play, 80-yard drive by threading a pass between a pair of defenders in the end zone to Chris Herndon for a 21-yard touchdown.