Tony Eason, a doubtful starter because of a foot injury, threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a fourth score, carrying the New England Patriots to a 28-21 victory over the New York Jets today.
Eason, listed as "questionable" before the game because of the injury incurred last week against Washington, completed a club-record 28 of 42 passes. He threw a two-yard scoring pass to Lin Dawson in the second period and ran four yards for another score, then broke the game open in the third period with touchdown passes to Bo Robinson and Stanley Morgan.
Each team is 3-2.
With the score tied at 14-14 in the third period, Eason took New England 72 yards in nine plays following Fred Marion's 26-yard interception return. He threw 33 yards to Derrick Ramsey to the Jets' 39 and 16 yards to Irving Fryar to the 20 before passing four yards to Robinson.
On the Patriots' next possession, Eason took them 92 yards in nine plays for a 28-14 lead, finishing with his 43-yard pass to Morgan.
"It was really scary at the beginning of the week," Eason said. "The doctors didn't know what the problem was. The X-rays showed that the bone was separated but they didn't know if it happened last week or if it was something that happened five years ago. It felt fine today."
The Jets' defense was hurt by the absence of cornerback Bobby Jackson, who injured himself while exercising in the locker room before the game, and linebacker Lance Mehl, who suffered a sprained ankle in the early moments. The Jets failed to get a quarterback sack for the first time since the 1983 opener.