Jets season ends with loss to Patriots, now await Todd Bowles' firing

The Jets finish the season 4-12, matching their worst mark since 1996 under Rich Kotite

The 2018 season mercifully ended for the Jets on Sunday with a 38-3 loss to the Patriots in New England.

Rookie Sam Darnold, after six touchdown passes and only one interception the last three weeks, finished with only 167 passing yards on 16-of-28 passing (57 percent), and turned the ball over for the first time in three games.

Jets-Patriots scoring

Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy returned an Eli McGuire fumble 46 yards for a touchdown, Tom Brady threw touchdown passes to James White, Rex Burkhead, Phillip Dorsett and Julian Edelman, as the Patriots (11-5) locked up a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs for the ninth straight year. Brady finished 24-for-33 for 250 yards.

Jason Myers made a 40-yard field goal in the first quarter for the Jets' only points, as New York, in addition to the two fumbles, also turned the ball over on downs twice inside the Patriots' 10-yard line.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles is expected to be fired either later tonight or tomorrow morning, as the Jets (4-12) finished in last place in the AFC East for the third straight season. Bowles is 24-40 (.375) in four seasons with the Jets, including 1-7 against the Patriots.

The lone bright spot for the Jets was rookie receiver Deontay Burnett, who led the Jets with five catches for 73 yards.

The Jets were without cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who was a healthy scratch after failing to show up for practice and team meetings this week, according to an ESPN report Sunday morning.

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