New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick passed legendary George Halas for second place on the all-time winning list Sunday as the team beat the New York Jets, 22-17.
Mac Jones got the start for the Patriots after being benched for Bailey Zappe in the team’s loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday. He responded with 194 passing yards, a touchdown pass and an interception in the win. His TD pass went to Jakobi Meyers, a 5-yard throw in the third quarter.
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Nick Folk kicked the runs through the uprights the rest of the way and New England improved to 4-4.
Belichick earned victory No. 325 all-time, including the playoffs. He trails only Don Shula for the top spot. Shula ended his illustrious career with 347 wins. It was also Belichick’s 100th regular season victory over AFC East opponents as coach of the Patriots.
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A fitting moment when victory came against the Jets – the team he dismissed in 2000 when he was set to take over from Bill Parcells. Belichick instead took over for Pete Carroll in New England, and eventually quarterback Drew Bledsoe’s injury would change the course of his and Tom Brady’s career as well.
New England’s defense played a huge role in the win, holding the Jets to 17 points.
New York’s Zach Wilson had two touchdown passes in the game along with three interceptions and two sacks. Devin McCourty had two interceptions and Ja’Whaun Bentley had the other. Lawrence Guy and Josh Uche each had bags.
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The Jets fell to 5-3 with the loss.