If you had the Jets winning in overtime after the Patriots thanks to a personal foul on New England’s Chris Jones for pushing one of his own teammates from behind on a 56-yard field goal attempt by Nick Folk, come on down and accept your prize.
In one of the more bizarre endings we’ve seen this season, Jones was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for violating a rule put into place this season barring exactly that behavior. The call wiped out Folk’s miss and put the Jets in position to get Folk a 42-yard try that made them 30-27 winners.
The Patriots got the ball first in overtime, but Tom Brady misfired on three straight passes after getting a first down and the Patriots were forced to punt. The Jets moved the ball methodically down the field with Chris Ivory running violently, but probably got too methodical once they were in New England territory. That meant a 56-yard field goal try that would have set Brady and company up in prime field position if not for Jones’ penalty.
The victory continues the Jets’ pattern of looking good one week and bad the next. Their defense played a very strong game, forcing Brady to go 22-of-46 and sacking him four times overall. Muhammad Wilkerson continues to be one of the most impressive players in the league this season and he’s putting together a campaign that will draw All-Pro notice if it continues along this path.
Rob Gronkowski had eight catches for 114 yards in his return to action. Brady looked his way often and the good final numbers belie how well the Jets defended the tight end (and everyone else on the Patriots) for the most part.
Geno Smith had his rough moments, but he avoided big mistakes after his first quarter interception and converted third downs to keep the Jets moving all afternoon. Smith wound up 17-of-33 for 233 yards while runinng for 32 more. He’s now led the team to wins four times in the fourth quarter or overtime in his rookie season. Now the Jets just have to get him playing well two weeks in a row and things could get very interesting in the AFC East.