Jets beat Patriots thanks to rare penalty

Jets kicker Nick Folk celebrates after hitting the game-winning field goal during overtime against...

Jets kicker Nick Folk celebrates after hitting the game-winning field goal during overtime against the Patriots on Sunday. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Rob Longley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:26 PM ET

When push came to a shove up the rear, the New England Patriots had no business winning Sunday afternoon anyway.

Long before referee Jerome Boger took leave of his common sense at MetLife Stadium, essentially handing the New York Jets a win with a technically correct call in overtime, the Patriots were getting throttled.

New England quarterback Tom Brady was rattled and rushed, pestered and punished.

The Jets had a huge edge in time of possession — 46:13 to 23:40 — and should never have allowed the game to get beyond regulation.

So as bizarre as that OT conclusion was in the 30-27 Jets victory, in some ways, it was a game that neither side deserved to win.

For the Jets, some ridiculous play-calling led to Nick Folk having to attempt a 56-yard field goal in overtime. Then came a textbook example of over-officiating with the marginal personal foul to Patriots rookie Chris Jones for pushing a teammate into the pile.

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