Jets QB Josh McCown got off to a hot start on Sunday, but couldn't hold on to the lead as the Patriots earned the win on the road.
The Jets jumped to a quick, 14-0 lead in the first half. However, the offense couldn't get anything going allowing Tom Brady to do what he does best and get the Pats the lead back.
"Obviously we broke stride there and didn't keep pace the way we'd like," McCown told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "We have some short-yardage situations that we have to find a way to convert and be better at. We weren't converting and (we were) putting our defense right back out there. You can't give Tom (Brady) that many chances."
There were long possessions that turned into the Jets' two touchdowns. The second -- capped off by a 31-yard bomb to WR Jeremy Kerley -- went 78 yards, and ended on one of McCown's favorite plays.
"It's one of the plays we like in our offense," he said. "He got over there and does what he does every time I throw him the ball -- catches it and make plays."
But the Patriots made the crowd's thunderous roar go silent as McCown let up his first interception of the game to CB Malcolm Butler which set up a game-tying touchdown before the half ended.
McCown threw across the field to reach WR Robby Anderson, and he knew it wasn't a smart move.
"No doubt, that was very costly," McCown said. "We lost the game by seven, so it was costly. It was just something Robby and I need to keep working on, just the angle of his routes and how we're going to do things and the location of the ball."
The Jets tried battling back in the second half, and it appeared as if they reached the end zone to move within three points on a Austin Seferian-Jenkins touchdown. But, upon further review, referees determined the play a touchback as Seferian-Jenkins lost control of the ball before getting across the plain.
Though the play was controversial, McCown said there is nothing to do but move on.
"They look at it, they make the ebst call they can and you move forward," he said.
Coming into the game, the Jets knew they had a chance to upset the favored Patriots and move into first in the AFC East. But offensive miscues left the Pats with too many chances to take the lead, leaving McCown and the rest of the team with sour tastes in their mouths.
"Everybody is frustrated," McCown said. "You take a team to the wire like that on any Sunday and you feel like you had opportunities to win and you don't. It's very frustrating."
McCown finished the game with a season-high 354 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: When the Jets signed Josh McCown, few expected many 350-yard performances from him. However, that's what we saw Sunday as McCown spread the ball around well and made some good downfield throws in a solid display. He also ran for two first downs >> Read more about McCown's performance and the rest of the Jets' offense in Bent's Game Analysis.