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NFL: Jets benefit from controversial call to beat Patriots in overtime

Published October 20, 2013 7:41 pm

AFC • New York benefits from new rule to beat New England in overtime.
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East Rutherford, N.J. • Rex Ryan was fired up. Bill Belichick was ticked off.

Everyone else was, well, a bit confused.

After a newly instituted rule gave New England a penalty and Nick Folk another chance, he booted a 42-yard field goal with 5:07 left in overtime to give the New York Jets a 30-27 victory over the Patriots on Sunday.

"I was like, 'You know what? It's about time we got a break,'" Ryan said, smiling. "That's really what I was thinking. It just worked out."

Folk was wide left on a 56-yarder, but the miss was negated when New England's Chris Jones was called for unsportsmanlike conduct on a 15-yard penalty that had never before been called in an NFL game.

Referee Jerome Boger explained in a pool report that Jones was called for pushing his teammate "into the opponents' formation." Umpire Tony Michalek threw his flag "almost instantaneously as he observed the action," Boger said. "We just enforced it as he called it."

Belichick disagreed with the application of the rule.

"You can't push in the second level," Belichick said. "I didn't think we did that."

New York (4-3), given new life, ran the ball three times to set up Folk's winner and send the green towel-waving fans at MetLife Stadium into a frenzy.

"It was something that we talked about probably in camp and stuff, and it just skipped out of my mind," Jones said.

"It was my mistake and nobody else's. I've just got to man up to it and fix it next time."

Folk thought the Patriots (5-2) might have been called for 12 men on the field. So did a few other Jets.

"I think I heard the whole stadium saying, 'Please be on them,'" Ryan said.

Then folk won it.

"Folk Hero was the man he always is, kicking game-winner for us," Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson said. "It was a great win across the board."

It also kept Folk's consecutive kicks streak intact, giving him 16 straight to start the season.

"Yeah, we're not going to talk about that right now," he said, smiling.

Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley and ran for another as the Jets topped Tom Brady and the Patriots, who tied it at 27 with 16 seconds left in regulation on Stephen Gostkowski's 44-yard field goal. Jets 30, Pats 27 (OT)

N.E. 14 7 0 6 0 — 27

N.Y. Jets 7 3 17 0 3 — 30

First Quarter

NYJ • Kerley 12 pass from Smith (kick), 9:43.

NE • Bolden 1 run (Gostkowski kick), 5:58.

NE • Ryan 79 interception return (kick), 1:32.

Second Quarter

NYJ • FG Folk 37, 11:11.

NE • Ridley 17 run (Gostkowski kick), 5:15.

Third Quarter

NYJ • Allen 23 interception return (Folk kick), 14:27.

NYJ • Smith 8 run (Folk kick), 4:33.

NYJ • FG Folk 37, 1:30.

Fourth Quarter

NE • FG Gostkowski 39, 12:58.

NE • FG Gostkowski 44, :16.

Overtime

NYJ • FG Folk 42, 5:07.

Attendance • 76,957.

NE NYJ

First downs 21 27

Total Net Yards 295 383

Rushes-yards 20-90 52-177

Passing 205 206

Punt Returns 3-58 3-44

Kickoff Returns 4-96 1-17

Interceptions Ret. 1-79 1-23

Comp-Att-Int 22-46-1 17-33-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 4-23 4-27

Punts 8-50.5 6-40.2

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-0

Penalties-yards 7-100 9-45

Time of Possession 23:40 46:13

Individual Statistics

Rushing • New England, Ridley 11-50, Bolden 8-36, Blount 1-4. N.Y. Jets, Ivory 34-104, Smith 6-32, Bohanon 6-21, Cribbs 3-14, Powell 3-6.

Passing • New England, Brady 22-46-1-228. N.Y. Jets, Smith 17-33-1-233.

Receiving • New England, Gronkowski 8-114, Edelman 5-44, Dobson 3-34, Thompkins 2-16, Ridley 2-3, Collie 1-10, Bolden 1-7. N.Y. Jets, Kerley 8-97, Nelson 4-80, Cumberland 3-41, Hill 1-17, Ivory 1-(minus 2).

Missed Field Goals • None.