It took the New York Jets two field goal attempts to win the game.
Nick Folk lined up for a 56-yard attempt in overtime, but missed what would have been the game-winner wide left. Luckily for Folk and the thousands of Jets’ fans at MetLife Stadium the referees called a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct on New England’s Chris Jones.
It was an odd penalty which had never previously been called in an NFL game. The ruling was that Jones pushed a teammate into the Jets’ formation. It left Bill Belichick confused and gave the Jets new life.
New York retained possession and ran it three times to set up a 42-yard field goal. Folk kicked it between the uprights and the Jets came away with a 30-27 victory over the rival New England Patriots.
After trailing by 11 points at halftime the Jets scored 17 straight in the third quarter. New England received the ball at the beginning of the second half and on the second play of the drive Antonio Allen intercepted Tom Brady’s pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown.
With the score 27-24 and less than two minutes remaining Brady, in typical fashion, led his team down the field and Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 44-yard field goal to send it to overtime. The Patriots received the ball first in overtime and spectators couldn’t help but have the feeling that the quarterback was going to drive the length of the field for a game-winning touchdown. Instead, the Jets forced a three and out and the rest is history.
Geno Smith played much better this time around than in the previous matchup against New England. He passed for 233 yards with a touchdown to Jeremy Kerley and an interception. The quarterback added 32 yards on the ground, including an eight-yard touchdown.
Running back Chris Ivory received a hefty workload on Sunday. He carried the ball 34 times for 104 yards, while Bilal Powell gained 6 yards on his three carries.
The Jets’ defense did not have much of an answer for tight end Rob Gronkowski. In his season debut he caught eight balls for 114 yards. It was obvious Brady was happy to have one of his favorite weapons back on the field.
The Jets’ victory ended the Patriots’ 12-game winning streak against the AFC East. It was a bizarre way to end the game, but at the end of the day New York is now just one game behind New England in the division.
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Written by Matt Brody