FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For the second straight game, the New England Patriots led 31-14 in the fourth quarter. This time they completed the job.
» The Patriots have gone 49 straight games without consecutive losses, extending the longest active streak in the NFL; New England has won 10 straight in games following a loss.
» Wes Welker: 15 receptions, 192 yards; 15 receptions is a career high and one shy of Troy Brown's franchise record set in 2002; 15 receptions is most in franchise history in a non-OT game; 192 receiving yards is third most in franchise history behind only Terry Glenn's 214 yards in 1999 vs. Cleveland and Glenn's 193 yards in 1998 vs. Pittsburgh.
» Patriots CB Leigh Bodden recorded a career-high three interceptions; it was Bodden's second career game with 2-plus interceptions.
» Jets RB Thomas Jones recorded 21 carries for 103 yard and his fifth 100-yard game this season.
Leigh Bodden had three interceptions, starting with a 53-yard touchdown return for the first score of the game.
"There was a lot of emotion from last week, not finishing the game," Bodden said. "We definitely wanted to finish this game."
"We are a desperate football team," New York linebacker Bart Scott said. "There is no magic remedy."
Belichick said his players had "a real strong purpose" when they returned to practice Wednesday.
"It was a heartbreaker," Bodden said of the loss, but "guys just rally behind him and move forward when he says move forward."
The Patriots had an outstanding first half Sunday, allowing 34 yards and two first downs and leading 24-7.
There also were plenty of offensive stars.
A knee injury kept Welker out of a 16-9 loss to the Jets in the second game when Randy Moss was held to four catches for 24 yards. Brady repeatedly hit the sure-handed, elusive Welker over the middle when defensive backs guarded Moss closely.
Welker has 80 catches despite missing two games.
"I expect the ball to come my way every time I'm on the field," he said.
"If there were tears (Monday) it's not that I was sorry for myself. I'm competitive," Ryan said. "We got outplayed today, but our confidence is still there."
"We felt like we had something definitely to prove after last week," Meriweather said. "We felt like somebody had to step up."
"I have to play smart," Sanchez said. "I tried to do a little much against a great defense."
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