EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Brandon Marshall was already rooting on a New York Jets’ invulnerability when New England won a overtime silver toss. Then Patriots manager Bill Belichick surprisingly systematic his group to flog off.
“My initial greeting was, ‘Stop ’em!'” pronounced Marshall, meditative Tom Brady and a offense would have a round initial given a Patriots won a toss.
Not so fast.
“They took a round out of (Brady’s) hands and I’m beholden they did that,” defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson pronounced after a Jets’ 26-20 feat Sunday. “We’re on to subsequent week.”
Eric Decker’s 6-yard touchdown locate from Ryan Fitzpatrick on a initial expostulate of overtime carried a Jets (10-5) to their fifth true win and into position to make a playoffs with a feat subsequent week.
Meanwhile, a Patriots (12-3) mislaid a possibility to bind a No. 1 altogether seed in a AFC playoffs.
“I suspicion it was a best thing to do,” Belichick pronounced of his preference to flog off.
Belichick had finished it once before, in 2013, though a large breeze was concerned opposite Denver. That preference worked. This one flopped, and Fitzpatrick and a Jets done a Patriots pay. It was a third time given a 2012 order change a group chose to flog off for OT. The other times, New England and Minnesota, were winners.
“The usually difficulty was either or not we got to select that instruction we get to flog a ball,” pronounced Patriots far-reaching receiver Matthew Slater, who was out for a toss.
According to audio from a CBS broadcast, arbitrate Clete Blakeman said: “Heads is a call. … It is heads.” He afterwards incited to Slater and asked: “You wish to kick?”
Slater responded: “We wish to kick, that way.”
But then, a puzzled-looking Slater, asked Blakeman: “Hey, we won. Don’t we get to choose?”
Slater concurred that he was simply perplexing to get construction from Blakeman on not being means to select a instruction of their kick.
“We wanted to flog a other way, though we weren’t means to make that preference given we won a toss and we chose to flog off,” Slater said. “That was a finish of a preference making.”
Here are some other things to know from a Jets’ stunner over a Patriots:
REX IS NEXT: The Jets are on a verge of their initial postseason coming given a 2010 season. With a win subsequent week opposite former manager Rex Ryan and a Buffalo Bills, New York is in.
Ryan coached a Jets from 2009-14, heading them to a AFC pretension diversion in any of his initial dual seasons. He was dismissed after final deteriorate and transposed by Todd Bowles.
“It’s bittersweet,” Richardson said. “I adore a guy, we adore Rex, adore his coaching staff, too, though he’s in a approach right now. We’ve got to get past him.”
NOT NO. 1 YET: New England entered carrying already clinched a first-round postseason bye though could have also warranted home-field advantage via a AFC playoffs as a No. 1 seed with a win.
A feat subsequent week during Miami still gets a Patriots a tip spot. But a detriment and dual wins by Cincinnati would put a Bengals during No. 1 and a Patriots No. 2.
SO-SO BRADY: New England was surprisingly regressive on offense in a initial quarter, afterwards went a other approach in a second period. Brady threw low for a initial time, joining with Rob Gronkowski, early in a quarter. The subsequent play was a flea flutter that failed, followed by a retreat to Brandon LaFell for 9 yards and a run out of a wildcat by using behind Brandon Bolden — with Brady widespread far-reaching right.
But, a Patriots couldn’t do many opposite a Jets’ defense. Brady went 22 of 31 for 231 yards, one TD and an interception by Darrelle Revis. New England was 1 of 10 on third down, nonetheless it was 3 of 3 on fourth-down conversions.
“We fought,” Brady said. “We only didn’t make adequate plays.”
FITZ MAGIC: Fitzpatrick was 26 of 41 for 296 yards and 3 touchdowns, restraining him with Vinny Testaverde for a single-season authorization symbol of 29 TD tosses.
During a Jets’ five-game winning streak, Fitzpatrick has thrown for 1,525 yards and 13 touchdowns with one interception for a passer rating of 106.5. In 3 of a final 4 games, Fitzpatrick has led New York to a win in a final 2 mins of law or overtime.
DYNAMIC DUO: Jets far-reaching receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker set an NFL record for touchdown catches in a same diversion in a season, improving their sum to 8 games and leading a 7 by Cris Carter and Randy Moss with Minnesota in 1998.
With his initial locate of a game, Marshall pennyless a Jets’ single-season record for many receptions, set in 1988 by Al Toon (93). Marshall finished with 8 catches for 115 yards and dual touchdowns, giving him 101 receptions and creation him a initial actor in NFL story with 6 100-catch seasons.
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