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October 10, 2011
Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff
Deion Branch and the Patriots claimed an important division win yesterday with a 30-21 victory against the Jets.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis starred for the Patriots with a season-high 136 yards rushing.
Green-Ellis, left, also added two touchdown runs.
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The loss sent coach Rex Ryan and the Jets back to New York reeling after falling to 2-3 following their third straight defeat.
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Tom Brady had another strong performance with 321 passing yards and a touchdown pass.
Wes Welker, often matched against Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, caught five passes for 124 yards.
Green-Ellis went airborne for this third-quarter touchdown that put the Patriots up 24-14.
Branch delighted the Gillette Stadium crowd with a 2-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive of the second half.
Tight end Aaron Hernandez had his helmet ripped off by David Harris during this first-quarter tackle.
Later, Jets lineman D'Brickashaw Ferguson needed help getting his helmet untangled from the shoe of Patriots safety Patrick Chung.
Brady's biggest mistake came at the end of the first half when his pass intended for Hernandez was deflected into the arms of Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
The Patriots broke out their 1985 throwback uniforms for the game.
They also honored the Bruins prior to the game. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara brought the Stanley Cup onto the field.
The Patriots honored late Raiders owner Al Davis with a moment of silence prior to the game.
The Jets went home in third place in the AFC East, two games behind Buffalo and New England.
The Patriots won for the 19th straight time at home in the regular season. It marked the fifth-longest streak in NFL history.
Brady led his team to at least 30 points for the 13th straight game. That left the Patriots one game shy of tying the 1999-2000 Rams' all-time record.