Patriots leads Jets 35-3 at halftime

Associated Press
New England Patriots' Wes Welker (83) catches a pass for a touchdown in front of New York Jets defensive back Ellis Lankster (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots turned four New York Jets turnovers into touchdowns to take a 35-3 lead at halftime Thursday night.

Brady opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker on the first play of the second quarter, and the Jets made it easy for the Patriots after that.

Shonn Greene's fumble gave the ball back to the Patriots, and Brady needed only one play, an 83-yard pass to Vereen to put New England up 14-0.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez fumbled on New York's next possession, and Steve Gregory scooped up the loose ball for a 32-yard return and a 21-0 lead.

And the Jets gave them one more.

Joe McKnight fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Julian Edelman ran it in from 22 yards, New England's third touchdown in a 52-second span.

Brady hit Edelman with 56-yard scoring pass with 3:08 left as the Patriots widened the lead to 35-0, and Jets fans started chanting for Tim Tebow to replace Sanchez.

The Jets finally scored on Nick Folk's 32-yard field goal with 3 seconds remaining.

The Patriots played without star tight end Rob Gronkowski. He's expected to miss at least a month because of a broken left forearm.

New England activated tight end Aaron Hernandez. He missed the last three games because of an ankle injury.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick needs a victory to become the eighth NFL coach to reach 200 wins.

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