(Reuters) - The New England Patriots blocked a 58-yard field goal attempt as time expired to hold on for a 27-25 victory over the slumping New York Jets on Thursday.
Tom Brady tossed three touchdown passes but the Patriots (5-2) faced a surprisingly tough challenge from their lowly AFC East rivals before emerging with a third win in a row.
In a tight contest at New England's Gillette Stadium, New York quarterback Geno Smith threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland to pull the Jets to within two points with a little more than two minutes remaining.
New York, however, failed to convert a two-point conversion that would have tied the game and their final desperation drive reached the New England 40, where Nick Folk's kick was blocked.
Folk finished with four field goals as the Jets (1-6) fell to their sixth straight loss, their longest losing streak since 2007.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)