Oct 17, 2014 at 1.25am UK at ‚ÄčGillette Stadium
New York Jets
New England Patriots
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Half-Time Report: Shane Vereen guides New England Patriots to lead over New York Jets

Half-Time Report: Vereen hands advantage to Patriots
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Shane Vereen scores two touchdowns to hand the New England Patriots a 17-12 half-time lead over the New York Jets.

The New England Patriots have taken a 17-12 lead into the half-time interval of their clash with the New York Jets thanks to a brace of touchdowns from Shane Vereen.

It was a fast start from the Patriots at the Gillette Stadium as the hosts kicked off the scoring inside two minutes when Tom Brady's 49-yard pass landed in the safe hands of Vereen, who gave his side an early lead.

However, both sets of defenses would improve after that point, and it would be the Jets who benefited as Nick Folk sent over field goals either side of punts from the home team.

The pattern continued early in the second quarter as New York edged into a 9-7 lead with another successful kick from Folk.

Brady quickly found his form again to drive the Patriots forward with a 10-play drive which resulted in a short pass finding Vereen for the second touchdown of the night.

The final New York drive of the first half ended in more frustration as the visitors were forced to settle for a fourth field goal from Folk.

However, a late spell of pressure from the Patriots ended with Stephen Gostkowski's field goal restoring their five-point lead.

Shane Vereen #34 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013
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