FOXBORO, Mass., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Asante Samuel returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown to help Sunday as New England beat the New York Jets, 23-16.
The Patriots had lost their last five home games against the Jets. They played without starting linebackers Roosevelt Colvin and Ted Johnson, and lost cornerback Ty Law to a right knee injury in the second quarter. They were able to keep the Jets at bay.
Doug Brien kicked his third field goal of the game to tie the game for New York with 5:37 left in the third quarter, but quarterback Tom Brady scored on a 10-yard run to make it 16-9 with 3:08 left in the third quarter.
Samuel, a fourth-round pick out of Central Florida, then increased the lead with his touchdown 11 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Testaverde passed for 264 yards, and moved into eighth on the all-time passing yardage list, surpassing Johnny Unitas.