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Patriots corner Logan Ryan outlasts Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall headed into Sunday with four-consecutive 100-yard games, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished by a New York Jets receiver since Don Maynard in 1968.

But against the New England Patriots, that streak would end at four. And the coverage of cornerback Logan Ryan played an integral part in the reason why.

Ryan, with the overhead help of safety Devin McCourty, limited the five-time Pro Bowl wideout to four receptions for 67 yards on six throws in New England’s 30-23 victory.

Yet Marshall would not go quietly.

“He's a huge competitor and I had to match his energy level and just try my best with that guy,” Ryan said said afterwards, via Patriots.com. “I knew he's not going to get completely shut down or anything like that. He's too good. He's too big.”

After finishing the first half with one 13-yard catch on two passes thrown his way, Marshall went on to haul in a pair of passes for 42 yards in the third, as well as a 12-yarder to move the sticks in the fourth.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound target also dropped a would-be touchdown from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as the game wore on. Ryan, though, held on as long as he could in what was the third-year pro’s toughest matchup of the season.

“He's a guy who wants to ball,” Ryan said of Marshall. “Good or bad play, he wants to ball again like any great competitor would, so I knew to keep bringing it because after the first quarter, after the second quarter, he's going to keep wanting the ball. He's going to demand the ball and they're going to find a way to get that guy the ball. That's why he's been having those games – that 100-yard streak he's been having – so he's definitely a big part of their offense, so I knew the ball would be coming my way.”



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