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Patriots flatten Jets even further

By Times Staff
Published December 5, 2005

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Patriots won with running backs and a defense that have been missing and a kicker who's always around.

The Jets lost again without much of a fight.

Corey Dillon and Kevin Faulk made key contributions in their return from injuries. Adam Vinatieri, who hasn't missed a game in 10 seasons with the Patriots, set a team record for career points. And New England had its best defensive game of the season.

"The team just feels a little more comfortable," said wide receiver David Givens, who had five catches after missing three games with a knee injury. "You have a lot of your weapons back, guys that have made big plays."

The Jets gained 164 yards, the fourth time this season they were below 200, against a team that allowed 394 or more in its previous eight games.

Dillon's 1-yard touchdown run made it 13-3 late in the third quarter in his return after missing two games with a calf injury.

Vinatieri kicked field goals of 21, 34 and 22 yards, giving him 1,134 points, four more than Gino Cappelletti.

NOTABLE: New York lost its seventh straight and failed to score a touchdown for its fourth consecutive road game. Curtis Martin didn't get into the end zone for his eighth straight game against New England.

[Last modified December 5, 2005, 06:47:12]


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