Tuesday, September 12, 2000

Jets 20, Patriots 19

AP Football Writer

        EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — So much for Keyshawn Johnson. Wayne Chrebet, who stepped up from the Jets' No. 2 receiver to their top gun, caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Vinny Testaverde with 1:55 left as New York scored twice in the final 6:25 to beat the New England Patriots 20-19 Monday night.

        It was a dramatic ending to a game that had a lot of grinding around midfield until the final quarter.

        New England built up a 12-7 lead on four Adam Vinatieri field goals and extended it to 19-7 on Drew Bledsoe's 4-yard TD pass to Eric Bjornson with just under 10 minutes left.

        That seemed to energize the Jets, who drove 85 yards in 10 plays to score on Testaverde's 2-yard TD pass to Chrebet. Fullback Richie Anderson had five catches for 78 yards on that drive.

        New York got the ball back with 2:28 left.

        On the first play, Testaverde hit Dedric Ward for 44 yards, then threw to Chrebet, who caught the ball at his knees in the corner of the end zone.

        The 2-point conversion failed, but New England went nowhere. John Abraham and Shaun Ellis, two of New York's first-round draft choices, combined on one sack of Bledsoe, and Abraham got another.

        The Jets are 2-0 while the Patriots are 0-2.


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