EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The screaming was long and loud and steady.



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Deion Branch had a key touchdown grab in the fourth quarter, celebrated by mocking the Jets and their fans and then spoke out about what the Patriots are feeling about themselves after a 37-16 win over the Jets that gave them sole possession of first in the AFC East. 

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork talked after his team's 37-16 win over the Jets, explaining how the Pats rallied after two straight losses to claim the key divisional contest.

Speaking after his team's 37-16 loss to the Patriots Sunday night at MetLife Stadium, Jets head coach Rex Ryan lamented the fact that New York had put themselves in a hole regarding a chance at winning the AFC East. The Jets (5-4) are one game in back of the Patriots, but have already lost both of the teams' meetings this season.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and added another to Deion Branch while Rob Ninkovich had two interceptions, including one for a touchdown, to lead the undermanned Patriots to a 37-16 win over the Jets and sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Andre Carter also had a franchise-record 4.5 sacks on the night for the 6-3 Patriots, who swept the season series with the Jets for the first time since 2007, and lead the Jets and Bills by a game in the division. 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After testing out his sore foot two hours before kickoff, Patrick Chung was ruled out for Sunday night against the Jets. Chung's absence leaves a void at safety. 

Also inactive are linebackers Brandon Spikes (knee), Dane Fletcher (thumb), Taylor Price (hamstring) Ryan Mallett, Donald Thomas and Shane Vereen. Meanwhile, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham and offensive lineman Nate Solder (concussion) are active and eligible to play. 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- An already depleted secondary took another hit on Sunday night when Devin McCourty injured his right shoulder in the second quarter while defending on Plaxico Burress. His return was announced as questionable. 

McCourty appeared to injure it when teammate Sterling Moore - making his first NFL start for the injured Patrick Chung - drilled McCourty with his helmet. 

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The Patriots announced that they have promoted safety Ross Ventrone to the 53-man active roster and released wide receiver Tiquan Underwood who was signed earlier in the week.

Ventrone has played in four games this season and has bounced between the practice squad and the active roster for much of the season. Starting safety Pat Chung is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets with a foot injury.

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The Patriots announced Saturday they have added offensive tackle Nate Solder to their injury report for Sunday's game against the Jets with a concussion. His status for tomorrow’s game is questionable. New England had previously announced that linebackers Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher have both been ruled out for the game. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.