EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Understandably, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was not a happy man on Sunday afternoon following his team’s controversial defeat.
Referee Jerome Boger explained in a pool report the penalty committed by Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones that negated a missed Jets field goal in overtime. Nick Folk soon made a 42-yarder to win the game 30-27 Sunday.
“We weren’t on the second level when we pushed him, no,” Belichick said following the disappointing loss. “You can’t push from the second level. I didn’t think we did that.”
Pool reporter Mike Reiss asked Boger: “Please explain the penalty that was called on No. 94 (Jones) on the field goal.”
Boger: “The call was that No. 94 on the defense pushed his teammate into the formation. That is a rule change for 2013 that a teammate cannot push a teammate into the opponents’ formation.”
Reiss: “Is it any type of push? Is it a two-handed push?”
Boger: “Any push. It could be with the body, not necessarily with the hand, but with the body into his teammate, into the formation. It’s any type of pushing action.”
Reiss: “Is there anything else to go over with this penalty?”
Boger: “No, the umpire’s flag went up almost instantaneously as he observed the action. We just enforced it as he called it.
Reiss: “And that’s a 15-yard penalty.”
Boger: “For unsportsmanlike conduct.”
The Patriots led, 21-10, after the first half. Gang Green responded with 17 unanswered points in the third quarter, but kicker Stephen Gostkowski hit two field goals in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
Jones took full responsibility for committing the penalty when speaking to reporters.
“Yeah, it was something we talked about probably during camp and stuff, and it just slipped out of my mind,” he said. “So I just, it was just my mistake, nobody else’s. I’ve just got to man up and fix it next time.”
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