Patriots Lose to Jets in OT on Controversial Penalty Call
Jets Kicker Nick Folk is a lucky guy. He missed what would have been a career long, 56 yard field goal and would have given the Patriots the ball around midfield in overtime. But thanks to a penalty call on the Patriots, Chris Jones, the Jets were given 15 yards, and Folk made a 42 yard field goal to give the Jets a 30-27 victory over the Patriots at MetLife Stadium.
The unsportsmanlike penalty on Jones was called because he pushed a teammate into the offense formation during a field goal try. That rule was just implemented this season, and it was the first time EVER it was called. The Patriots can’t blame the whole game on that one penalty because they let chances in this game slip away.
After tying the game on a 44 yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski with 16 seconds left in regulation, they won the coin toss before the start of overtime and were unable to score, and punted the ball to the Jets that set up the New York winning drive.
During the Patriots final drive that tied the game in regulation, Tom Brady overthrew Tight End, Austin Collie in the endzone that would have given the Patriots the lead with under 30 seconds to play. Instead they had to settle for the game tying field goal.
After falling down 7-0 after the first drive of the game, the Patriots put together a drive of their own to tie the game, and on the ensuing drive, Patriots Cornerback Logan Ryan, picked off Jets Quarterback Geno Smith, and returned it 79 yards for the pick six that gave the Patriots a 14-7 lead.
The Patriots took a 21-10 lead into halftime, but when they came out in the 2nd half they looked completely lost on the field. After Brady was sacked on the first play of the half, he threw a pick six to Jets defender Antonio Allen at the Jets 27 yard line. That was Tom Brady’s only touchdown pass of the game.
The Jets kept the pressure on Brady, and he was unable to do much with the offense in the 2nd half and the Jets took a 27-21 lead in the 3rd quarter. The Patriots got a field goal from Gostkowski 1:30 into the 4th quarter to cut the deficit to 3 points.
Brady was sacked 4 times in the game, losing 23 total yards on those plays. He completed just 22 of 46 pass attempts while throwing 1 interception. Geno Smith was 17-33 with one touchdown and one interception and was the better quarterback in the game.
The game was also big because it was the much anticipated return of Rob Gronkowski, who hadn’t played in a game since week 17 last year. Gronk lead all receivers in the game with 8 receptions and 114 yards, and it was clear Brady appreciated having Gronk back on the field. Not only was Gronk a threat on offense but it also opened up the field for Brady to hit his other receivers.
The loss ends the Patriots 12 game winning streak against AFC East opponents as they prepare for a divisional matchup next week against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.