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NFL Scores, Week 5: Patriots Ground Jets, 30-21, With BenJarvus Green-Ellis

BenJarvus Green-Ellis gave New England sudden life on the ground, and helped the Patriots ground the Jets in Foxboro.

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It's not often that the New England Patriots can lean on their running game to beat teams. That they did so against Rex Ryan's New York Jets in a 30-21 victory seems even stranger.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the star of the day in Foxboro, running 27 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns, and helping the Patriots fend off a Jets rally by figuring in a clock-killing fourth quarter drive. Tom Brady had 321 yards passing and a touchdown, but the Patriots didn't need his passing yards as much as they normally do.

When not getting run over by Green-Ellis, the Jets were failing to make much of a dent against a Patriots defense that has been remarkably pliant all season. Mark Sanchez threw for two touchdowns, but just 166 yards, and Jets runners combined for a mere 97 rushing yards.

With the win, the Patriots move to 4-1 on the season. The Jets fall to 2-3 with the loss.

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