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Shane Vereen proving Patriots have plenty of life left after Ridley

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When starting New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley went down with season ending ACL and MCL injuries, the pressure was certainly on the Pats' run game. But that was until Shane Vereen took the field tonight and helped himself to two first half touchdowns. 

The first was a particularly spectacular catch that you can see on THIS LINK. Vereen managed to slip through the Jets' defense unnoticed before reeling in Brady's bomb for a massive 49-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. 

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The Jets responded to the Pats early and fast start by dominating the game on the rushing side of the ball, with powerful tailback Chris Ivory particularly effective during the first half with 71 yards on the ground. 

But the Pats answered the Jets offensive in style, as Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a big gain to set the hosts up in position, before Brady found Vereen in the endzone again, this time for a short yardage touchdown. 

The Pats are behind 19-17 at the time of writing. Vereen has certainly showed there is life after Ridley, with 80 yards from scrimmage. 

But the Patriots should be worried about the continued success of Chris Ivory as the Jets keep pounding the ball effectively in what is likely to end up being a tight contest until the end. 

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