NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas
The New York Jets’ 30-27 overtime defeat of the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium ended in controversy, but what’s lost in the Week 7 rubble is what led up to it.
Long before Jets kicker Nick Folk converted the deciding second-chance field goal from 42 yards out, and long before Patriots rookie defensive tackle Chris Jones was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a missed field goal from 56 yards out, New England – up 21-10 at halftime – had offensive chances to secure victory.
Those chances turned into missed chances. And although the rushing corps complied 90 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, the Patriots offense finished a humbling 1-for-12 on third down and kept the defense on the field for 46 minutes of game clock.
It was a disparity that, fair or not, hinged on the arm of quarterback Tom Brady and his ability to synchronize with receivers.