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Stephon Gilmore enjoys big bounce back game in win over Jets

Ryan Hannable
November 26, 2018 - 2:14 pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Not only was Sunday's 27-13 win over the Jets a bounce back for the Patriots as a team following their blowout loss to the Titans, but also some individual players.

Cornerback Stephon Gilmore was at the top of the list.

Gilmore was matched up almost exclusively against Corey Davis against the Titans and allowed six catches on eight targets for 98 yards with a touchdown, according to Pro Football Focus. On Sunday, he moved all over the field, but allowed just one catch on five targets to go along with an interception and a pass breakup.

"Yeah, it was a bounce back game for all of us," Gilmore said. "What happened in the past, even when I play good, I try to forget it and prepare for the next week. I was able to do that again this week and we happened to come out with a win."

His interception came at the end of the first half and was his second of the season.

“It felt good,” Gilmore said. “It felt like it had been a minute. I’ve had a lot of pass breakups, but I was able to get my hands on the ball and make a play.”

After allowing a touchdown on the Jets' second possession of the game, the Patriots held the Jets to just two field goals the rest of the way.

"It was big," said Gilmore. "You know, everything isn't going to happen all good and gravy all the time. You have to still grind it out. Playing here against the Jets is always hard, so you knew it was going to take four quarters and we were able to come out with a win."

It will be a much tougher test for Gilmore and the Patriots defense when the Vikings come to Gillette Stadium next Sunday with two of the better receivers in the game in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

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