New England holds off the New York Jets

New England Patriots 13, New York Jets 10
New England's Aaron Dobson can't pull in this pass from Tom Brady during the second quarter. Dobson did catch a 39-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady connected with rookie Aaron Dobson on a 39-yard touchdown pass and Devin McCourty set up another score with a 44-yard fumble return to help the New England Patriots beat the New York Jets 13-10 on Thursday night.


It was the first career catch for Dobson, a second-round draft pick who did not play in Week 1 because of a hamstring injury.

And it was Brady’s 50th consecutive game with a touchdown pass, four short of Drew Brees’ NFL record.

The Patriots, who beat the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, are now 2-0.

• Dr. James Andrews confirmed that Mark Sanchez has a labral tear in his right shoulder, and the Jets quarterback is “likely to have surgery” that would end his 2013 season, according to team and league sources, as well as a source close to Sanchez.

Sanchez still was trying to make a final decision on whether to have the surgery now to repair the tear and instability in the shoulder following his injury in the team’s third preseason game, the sources said.

Sanchez could opt to rehab the shoulder in an effort to play at some point this season, sources said, but still likely would need surgery at the end of the year.


FALCONS: Tony Gonzalez is still bitterly disappointed in himself for allowing a sack for the first time since 1999.

Gonzalez, a 13-time Pro Bowl tight end with the Atlanta Falcons, says “it was laziness on my part,” ‘’embarrassing” and “inexcusable” when Saints linebacker Junior Galette sacked Matt Ryan for a 10-yard loss late in the second quarter of last week’s loss at New Orleans.

Gonzalez’s mistake hurt Atlanta’s chance for a field goal that would’ve tied the game and was one of three sacks and six hits on Ryan.


BRONCOS: A day after saying the team was “not happy’’ with the latest off-the-field stumbles for Von Miller, coach John Fox said he believes the team is getting the Pro Bowl linebacker the help he needs to get his personal life on track.

“Anything that can be done we’re doing,’’ Fox said on Thursday. “In a good way some of this is getting cleaned up. I would remind people it’s traffic citations, and we’re helping him get those cleaned up.”


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