New England Patriots defeat New York Jets, 24-17

Perhaps it was fitting that a tumultuous week of change ended with a tumultuous victory at Giants Stadium for the New England Patriots.

The week began with the depature of wide receiver Deion Branch, a moment that seemed to stun many of the Patriots' core players like defensive end Richard Seymour and quarterback Tom Brady. But what was important yesterday was not how the week began but how it ended. It ended in what has become a Patriot trademark, a gritty 24-17 victor...

One week after digging out of a double-digit deficit to record a season-opening win, the Patriots tried a different route yesterday. They built a sizable lead then hung on for dear life.

The team had a 17-point advantage at halftime, increased it to 24 points six minutes into the third quarter, then withstood a furious rally from the Jets to record a 24-17 victory before 77,595 fans at Giants Stadium.

Several Patriots acknowledged that recording a victory was of prim...

Hey, here's one you Patsologists may have heard before. On the subject of your 2006 New England Patriots: It Is What It Is. Or, They Are Who They Are. Take your pick.

At times, they can be cuddly and cute, such as when they constructed a 24-0 lead midway through the third quarter of yesterday's game. Other times, they can be reckless and exasperating, such as when they had a brain cramp and opened the door for a quite legitimate Jets' insurrection that wasn't put down u...

Linebacker Mike Vrabel shook his head in amazement when asked about the return of Tedy Bruschi in yesterday's 24-17 win over the Jets.

``Only Tedy comes back with a cast on his stinking arm and has an interception," Vrabel said. ``That's him, though. It was great to see him back."

Bruschi, who was playing for the first time since breaking his right wrist July 31, finished with six tackles, the game-sealing interception on a Hail Mary throw, and two pass deflections. ...