Look, the team sucked. Every coach and every active player made at least one crucial mistake at some point in the game. But let's dig in a bit.
The major mistakes were self-inflicted wounds. The biggest blunders involve: a missed chip shot field goal, a muffed punt, a premature timeout call, a missed catch, and a dropped interception. None of these mistakes were induced by the opposition.
This team was not dominated in any one way other than Andre Carter having some sort of re-birth, and the no-huddle drive engineered by Brady. The Jets lack of ability to close the door on the opponent allowed the Patriots to experience their success.
We know what this team is capable of doing. They should have realistically had a 17-6 (ish) lead heading into halftime. This would have led to a Shonn Greene gash fest and Rex Ryan blitz bonanza in the second half. Those self-inflicted wounds precluded this from happening.
We know we have the talent. A lot of teams need a wake-up call to make a deep run. Let's consider this the wake-up call.