Tom Brady had his moment, tying up the score at 27, but thanks to a fluke penalty on a new NFL rule, the New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots 30-27, Sunday.
The Jets defense was strong, only yielding two Patriots touchdowns (one off a short field), and keeping Tom Brady off the scoreboard for one of the few times in his career.
Brady threw for under 50%, for 228 yards and a pick-6, which turned around the momentum of the game, at the beginning of the second half.
Jets QB, Geno Smith, also had a big mistake, throwing his own pick-6 early in the game to put the Patriots up 14-7. But he rebounded, totaling 233 yards and two touchdowns (1 rush).
He, and Chris Ivory, turning around a forgotten season so far with 104 yards, were strong in overtime, leading the Jets to a possible field goal after the Patriots punted.
In what seemed like a mistake, the Jets lined up for what would have been kicker Nick Folk’s longest career field goal. He missed, but Patriots defender, Chris Jones, got called for the NFL’s first ever Pushing penalty.
Giving a boost to your teammate on a special teams is now illegal in the NFL and it could not have come at a better time for the Jets. The flag put the Jets in realistic field goal range, allowing Nick Folk, perfect this season, to hit the 7th game-winner of his Gang Green career.
What may have been the key to this game was 3rd down. New England was only 1-12, while the Jets, behind a ton of great plays by Jeremy Kerley, were 11-21. Rex Ryan’s defense held strong in the second half, only giving up two field goals and shutting down Tom Brady when it meant most. Antonio Allen had a coming out party, with strong defense against the returning Rob Gronkowski, and the momentum-changing interception against Tom Brady on the second play of the third quarter.
The win gives the Jets at least some hope in the division. They are now only one game back in the AFC East.
For the Patriots and their fans, they may have paid for a little known penalty, but for all their gripes, two words erase them forever: Tuck Rule.