Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good, and the New York Jets have now gotten very lucky twice.
In week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lavonte David hit Geno Smith when he was out of bounds resulting in a personal foul that moved the ball from Tampa Bay’s 45-yard line all the way to the 30-yard line. All of a sudden, the Jets were in prime field goal range.
Nick Folk proceeded to kick a 48-yard field goal as time expired giving the Jets the 18-17 win.
In today’s game against the Patriots, the Jets made a questionable decision to attempt a 56-yard field goal because if the kick wasn’t good, Tom Brady would get the ball at his own 45-yard line needing just 20-yards to win the game.
Folk’s kick was wide left, and it appeared the Patriots were going to get the ball back and win the game. However, a late flag came in on Patriots rookie Chris Jones for pushing his teammate toward the ball, which is against the rules.
Head referee Jerome Boger explained the penalty after the game:
“That is a rule change for 2013 that a teammate cannot push a teammate into the opponent’s formation,” Boger said.
Pushing a teammate into the opponent’s formation results in an unsportsmanlike, 15-yard personal foul penalty that in this case moved the ball from the Patriots 38-yard line, to the 23-yard line.
For the 2nd time this season, Nick Folk took advantage hitting a 42-yard field in sudden death overtime giving the Jets another improbable win.