Monday Night Football: Nick Folk 51-yard FG as time expires lifts Patriots to 30-27 win over Jets

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The New England Patriots rallied from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and Nick Folk‘s 51-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Patriots to a 30-27 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night.

A 20-yard pass from Cam Newton to Jakobi Meyers with eight seconds left to play to move the Patriots into field goal range. Folk then delivered the deciding blow with a kick right down the middle to hand the Jets a ninth straight loss to open the season.

With Joe Flacco starting at quarterback in place of an injured Sam Darnold, the Jets appeared well on their way to getting their first win of the season. Flacco completed 18 of 25 passes for 262 yards with three touchdowns as the Jets built their lead into the final quarter. However, the Patriots did just enough to complete the rally with a Flacco interception by J.C. Jackson helping New England complete the comeback as well.

The loss keeps the Jets in pole position for the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL Draft. It’s the first time in history the Jets have opened a season 0-9. The Jets ran just four plays in the fourth quarter for a total of three yards and only held the ball for 1:24 as the Patriots completed the comeback.

After a Sergio Castillo 35-yard field goal gave the Jets a lead on their opening possession, the Patriots immediately answered with Newton scoring on a 5-yard run to take a 7-3 lead.

Flacco connected with Breshad Perriman for a 50-yard touchdown behind cornerback J.C. Jackson as the Jets went back on top. A 50-yard field goal from Castillo gave the Jets a 13-7 advantage.

After a 45-yard field goal from Nick Folk closed the gap for New England with 1:03 left in the half, Flacco and the Jets quickly found the end zone before the break. Jamison Crowder caught a 20-yard touchdown with a beautiful toe-tap catch along the sidelines as the Jets lead grew to 20-10 at halftime.

Rex Burkhead scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to close the gap for New England back to 20-17. However, Flacco and Perriman would hook up again on a 15-yard score as the Jets took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter. Perriman caught five passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns for the Jets.

A promising 17-play drive for the Patriots came up short of the end zone as they settled for a 29-yard Folk field goal to cut the lead to 27-20 with 6:04 remaining.

J.C. Jackson picked off Flacco with 5:50 left to play to breathe new life into the Patriots chances. After facing a third-and-20, Newton hit Jakobi Meyers for a 19-yard gain with Newton sneaking for three yards on fourth-and-1 to keep the New England drive alive. Newton then connected with Damiere Byrd for 31 yards down to the Jets’ 3-yard line.

Three straight runs from Newton finally cracked the end zone and Folk’s extra point tied the game at 27-27 with 1:57 left to play.

After a three-and-out from the Jets, Newton led the Patriots 45 yards in eight plays over the final 47 seconds to give Folk the opportunity to end the game. Newton completed 27 of 35 passes for 274 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground for New England. Meyers caught 12 passes for 169 yards.

Damien Harris, who led New England with 71 yards on 14 carries, left the game late in the fourth quarter and did not return.

44 responses to “Monday Night Football: Nick Folk 51-yard FG as time expires lifts Patriots to 30-27 win over Jets

  1. Bland vanilla playcalling, Harris hurt and a beaten up secondary, but apparently still the Pats aren’t as bad as the Jets. Flacco was lighting up the Pats defense thanks to the run game with Perine and Gore that translated into play action, yet the play calls say chuck it deep for an easy pick. Thanks for the freebie Jets. Go Pats!

  2. I thought some of the Giants’ recent losses have been pretty cruel, but that was just… wow…

    And Folk’s game winner was a no-doubter – high, hard, and straight down the gut. No “just made it inside the pole”, or bounced over the crossbar.

  3. Cam looked exhausted in the fourth quarter. You could see it in his eyes. Was it the pressure caused by the hole they were in, after a promising start (2-1 coming in week 4), or some form of low stamina post covid?
    Anyhow, this win, keeps them alive and must be a relief for Cam.

  4. Cam looked exhausted in the fourth quarter.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Did you see that hit he took? I’d have walked to the sideline and retired.

  5. husky1881 says:
    November 9, 2020 at 11:27 pm
    Embarrassing win for us. Can’t wait for the primetime matchup against the Ravens lol.

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    No win is embarrassing in this league. Especially when you had to march down the field on the last drive.

  6. I enjoyed that game. Old fashioned, run first, clock killing game. I miss best defense beats best offense.

  7. Winning tonight would’ve really meant a lot to Joe Flacco’s overall legacy (and possibly been the catalyst for a spot in Canton). He surpassed Joe Montana for career passing yards, and has had 4 games vs. Belichik with 3+ touchdowns. Didn’t know it but he’s 10th all time for playoff victories and has the most road playoff wins at 7. That being said, no excuse for that interception with 5 minutes left to propel the Pats to victory, unless they purposefully did so to still Tank for Trevor. I think the reality set in that if they won, the Pats could end up having him. The Pats needed this one but playing the Jets that close, I fear for that Ravens game next week, though the Pats should have the advantage and are trying to run the table. You gotta feel for Darnold. He deserves to rebound somewhere and a trade to Pittsburgh makes the most sense.

  8. Watching the Pats D, I felt like I was watching a pre-season game: who are those guys? Front 7 is almost all second, third stringers except Simon and Wise, and Wise isn’t an every down guy.

  9. Ignore the noise! jealousy and envy are incurable diseases. That’s patriot football grinding hard for 60 mins or more giving the team a chance to win. Lost alot of close games on the final drive this year way to hang in their down double digits in the 4th.

  10. Great game overall, very watchable but 2 terrible teams going nowhere.Flacco looked better than Darnold for sure.

  11. I was thinking the Jet’s were so incompetent that they were going to screw up getting the 1st overall pick.

    I found myself wondering, as i briefly tuned in to see the Jets up by 10 points, if the Pats would get the 1st overall pick if they lost both Jet’s games.

    Crisis averted.

  12. Well the Patriots showed everyone who they are. They’re a team that needs a full 60 minutes to overtake the NY Jets on the last play of the game. But hey, like that meadowlands guy said, that was one beautiful FG by Folk.

  13. The first half was tough to watch as a Pats fan. The D was horrible and the offense could not sustain drives.

    The Pats were impressive in the second half, dominating the time of possession by a multiple of three.

    Belichick manages a game consistently. If the team executes they win at a very high percentage. The Patriots haven’t consistently executed this year because they lack talent.

    People might be able to point to Belichick’s decisions as GM as one of the reasons for the Patriots record but his coaching is consistent, even if boring at times.

  14. “Winning tonight would’ve really meant a lot to Joe Flacco’s overall legacy (and possibly been the catalyst for a spot in Canton).”


    Let me end the suspense for you—Joe Flacco will not be entering the Hall of Fame unless he buys a ticket to take a look around.

  15. It just felt that the “Jets would Jest” after the Flacco turnover. Noticed Cam was smiling in the huddle after that and seemed to play loose. Guess this loss is the best thing for the Jets, staying the the Lawrence sweepstakes and getting closer to getting a new HC !

  16. The Jets are pathetic but honestly they won by losing. Their 4th quarter was an absolute joke – pick, penalty, and a horrid possession there near the end. Just an abysmal team. Draft Lawrence and then don’t let Gase get anywhere near him lol

  17. Flacco to Perriman finally worked out. Ozzie new it was the right pick but just took to long to get it going.

  18. As a diehard patriots fan, it wasn’t as concerning as others believe in terms of the score. The jets play us hard, they usually do. Our roster is weak from opt outs. Any honest new englander will admit as much.

    But I will say this, when Joe Flacco was announced as the starter, I looked at the Vegas line and said if you gamble, take the points. Flacco plays us hard, and the games are 50/50 against him.

    We all know we are a team rebuilding. Hopefully it’s similar to to my bruins in 2015/2016 or my 2013 Red Sox miracle run.

  19. “with a Flacco interception by J.C. Jackson helping New England complete the comeback as well.”

    Yup, been there, done that. Says every Ravens fan.

  20. Some thoughts:
    No game for the Jets this year will have any bearing on Flaccos or anyone else’s legacy in a good way. But now that I wrote that, come to think of it, if Flacco can somehow will a win out of this team maybe he does deserve a spot in Canton….

    As much fun as it would be to watch the Pats lose this game to the lowly Jets…. I loved seeing Nick Folk raise his arms in triumph after smacking that ball when it was just a third of the way there. He knew he nailed it and that must have felt great!

    What was up with the turf and why does Cam look like me running around out there and falling down tripping over his own feet? Is there still an issue with the turf or has Cam just forgot how to run?

    It doesn’t seem fair to call Cam falling forward with his giant body a “rushing” touchdown. Who can come up with a better name? I think we need another category for that

  21. New England is back, folks!

    Uh, just kidding. I have a feeling that was their most exciting win of 2020.

  22. hello3987 says:
    November 9, 2020 at 11:33 pm
    Flacco now has more passing TD’s than Sam Darnold let that sink in….
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    And only one less than Cam. I’m letting that sink in too, yuck.

  23. tigerlilac says:
    November 10, 2020 at 7:48 am
    The first half was tough to watch as a Pats fan. The D was horrible and the offense could not sustain drives.

    The Pats were impressive in the second half, dominating the time of possession by a multiple of three.

    Belichick manages a game consistently. If the team executes they win at a very high percentage. The Patriots haven’t consistently executed this year because they lack talent.

    People might be able to point to Belichick’s decisions as GM as one of the reasons for the Patriots record but his coaching is consistent, even if boring at times.

    17 4 Rate This

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    Wrong. The OL is stacked,RBs very good and secondary is elite w/Gilmore available.

    Throw in Covid19 and BB’s tutelage for otas, camp and preseason, and pretending this is a normal coaching set up for them, is 100% disingenuous.

    Frankly, the team is 6-2 without Covid. And, there is no one great team in this league anyway.

    They need a starting #1WR and TE on offense and a top notch DE on the line to go with Lawrence Guy.

  24. Good to see Pats offense wake up a bit but a long way to go. No sign of the pre-season Stidham fans yet.

  25. touchback6 says:

    Wrong. The OL is stacked,RBs very good and secondary is elite w/Gilmore available.

    Throw in Covid19 and BB’s tutelage for otas, camp and preseason, and pretending this is a normal coaching set up for them, is 100% disingenuous.

    Frankly, the team is 6-2 without Covid. And, there is no one great team in this league anyway.

    They need a starting #1WR and TE on offense and a top notch DE on the line to go with Lawrence Guy.

    ==============

    Pats RB’s are not very good. They haven’t produced much and can’t stay healthy. Case in point, their best running threat is their QB.

  26. gronkhof says:
    November 10, 2020 at 6:08 am
    Watching the Pats D, I felt like I was watching a pre-season game: who are those guys? Front 7 is almost all second, third stringers except Simon and Wise, and Wise isn’t an every down guy.

    14 2 Rate This

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    Yep. But, it worked. Gore and the other RB did nothing for about 3.5ypc.

    Overall, good job by the C Squad up front.

  27. razzlejag says:
    November 10, 2020 at 11:13 am
    Flacco and his noodle arm throwing deep with 5 minutes to play and the lead?
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    Flacco still has one of the better arms in the NFL, but that INT was a killer

  28. How bad are the Patriots!

    ____

    Still better than the J-E-T-S!!!!

    On another note, I see Frank Gore carried 12 times for 46 yards AGAIN….

  29. Can someone convince me that game was legit?
    where I sit it looks like the Jets threw the game. 1-8 gets them nothing, 0-9 gets them Lawrence, they were accidently winning and fluked a stop when Cam fell over ‘oh no, put 12 men on the field’ job done, Pats score ‘oh no, the Pats haven’t managed the clock well, pass in risky calls’ job done, interception. Next series, ‘oh no, time is short again, call an O line with no protection and a pass play, get Flacco sacked’ job done, three and out. ‘oh no, the Pats have too far to go, don’t cover the receivers.’ job done, field goal range.

    Either they are so mind numbingly incompetent they need the entire leadership fired, or they were throwing the game and that looks like them throwing the game.

  30. Management are the only ones who try to tank. Players and coaches aren’t into that. Mind-numbingly incompetent is way more likely and, in the case of the 2020 Jets, way more believable.

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