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The first team to make a major mistake would likely lose.

That was the energy, almost from the opening kickoff, for the Jets’ second meeting with the rival Patriots in less than a month. The stakes only rose as the teams slugged their way to a 3-all tie at halftime. And then kept up the offensive malaise deep into the fourth quarter. Which made the inevitable end game all the more excruciating.

Patriots 10, Jets 3. An 84-yard punt return for a touchdown by Marcus Jones with five seconds left in regulation.

An afternoon where the Jets had a chance to take over first place in the AFC East instead ends with a devastating loss. That is now 14 consecutive losses to the Patriots. The Bill Belichick curse lives on. Zach Wilson failed once again to show he is the quarterback of the future. And a team that appeared on the verge of taking off after a win over the Bills now has suffered a major blow to its playoff chances.

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James Kratch is the managing editor of ESNY. He previously worked as a Rutgers and Giants (and Mike Francesa) beat reporter for NJ Advance Media.