Football

Feely's kick puts Jets on top

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New York Jets stand alone atop the tight AFC East standings, barely.

Jay Feely kicked a 34-yard field goal on the first series of overtime after New England tied the score on Matt Cassel's pass to Randy Moss with one second left in regulation.

The Jets survived a Tom Brady-like comeback with a 34-31 victory Thursday night.

The victory broke a tie for the division lead between the teams and gave the Jets (7-3) sole possession of first place for the first time since Nov. 19, 2001, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Patriots (6-4) have won the AFC East the last five seasons and six of the last seven.

The Jets, who led 24-6 in the first half, extended their winning streak to four with their sixth victory in seven games and are 1½ games ahead of Buffalo and Miami in the division.

The loss wasted a brilliant performance by Cassel, whose first pro start after Brady's season-ending knee injury in the opener came in a 19-10 win over the Jets.

Cassel completed 30 of 51 passes for 400 yards, all career highs, and three touchdowns. He ran eight times for 62 yards.

The Patriots got the tying touchdown on Cassel's 16-yard pass to Moss on fourth down. Moss' diving sideline catch was reviewed when he was pushed out of bounds by cornerback Ty Law, but the touchdown stood.

New England had marched to Moss' touchdown from its 38-yard line with no timeouts and 1:04 left

Stephen Gostkowski's extra point tied it and erased a 31-24 lead the Jets had taken on Thomas Jones' 1-yard touchdown run with 3:10 left.

Brett Favre made his 263rd consecutive regular-season start, an NFL record, and went 26-for-33 for 258 yards. He directed the only drive of overtime, covering 64 yards on 14 plays in 7:50. His 16-yard pass to Laveranues Coles brought the ball to the Patriots' 24, Jones' 6-yard run moved it to the 18, and Feely connected for his second field goal of the game.

The Jets scored on their first three series, plus a 92-yard kickoff return by Leon Washington, four days after scoring on all seven of their first-half possessions in a 47-3 rout of the St. Louis Rams.

Washington also scored on a 7-yard pass play before the Patriots cut the lead to 7-3 on their first series on the first of Gostkowski's three field goals, a 42-yarder.

Feely kicked a 22-yarder for the Jets before Gostkowski connected again, from 31 yards to cap a 12-play drive.

New York needed just one play — Washington's return — to score on the ensuing kickoff.

"It's a great, great feeling for us," Jets Coach Eric Mangini said. "Everybody understands that this game was extremely important, and it's important because it allows us to make the next game (against Tennessee) extremely important. It's a really positive step for our team."

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