October 21, 2013
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Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff
Patriots owner Robert Kraft waved to fans before the game against the Jets.
Tom Brady (left) and Ryan Mallett walked out to the field.
The Patriots played their AFC East rivals, the Jets, at MetLife Stadium.
Rob Gronkowski (left) made his return after spending nine months rehabbing from back and forearm surgeries.
Gronkowski warmed up before facing the Jets.
The tight end was targeted 17 times and caught eight passes for 114 yards.
Tom Brady fumbled and was sacked by Calvin Pace in the first half.
Brady reacted after throwing an incomplete pass to Kenbrell Thompkins.
Gronkowski missed a long pass in front of the Jets' Antonio Allen.
Allen knocked the ball away from Gronkowski in the second quarter.
Gronkowski looked for the ball, but it was already past him during fourth-quarter action.
Geno Smith was unable to get away from the Patriots' Chris Jones in the first quarter.
Jones sacked Smith in the first half.
Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley in the first half.
The Patriots' Duron Harmon broke up a pass intended for Stephen Hill in the first quarter.
Julian Edelman (right) was called for holding during second-quarter action.
Logan Ryan headed to the end-zone after a 79-yard interception against the Jets.
New England started the second half with a 21-10 lead.
Stevan Ridley scored a touchdown as he ran past Dawan Landry in the first half.
Gronkowski dove after catching the pass in front of Landry and Antonio Allen.
"They're a good defense," Tom Brady said of the Jets after the game.
Aaron Dobson was unable to catch the ball in the third quarter.
Gronkowski played 48 of 70 snaps in his first game action of the season.
The Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson forced an incomplete pass to Edelman during overtime.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick argued with officials after they called unsportsmanlike conduct on Chris Jones. The penalty would prove costly for New England.
Jones (center) pushed teammate Will Svitek forward at the snap and into the Jets' Damon Harrison.
The 15-yard penalty against the Patriots gave the Jets another chance at a game-winning field goal.
Nick Folk celebrated after kicking a 42-yard field goal in overtime that gave the Jets a 30-27 win over the Patriots.
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