FOXBOROUGH — The more Geno Smith tried to scrambled out of trouble, the more he scrambled into it.
Down by a field goal early in the fourth quarter, the pocket was crumbling around the Jets’ rookie quarterback on a crucial fourth-quarter, third-down play.
The only move he could make was lateral, so he slipped to the left side of the field and weighed his options.
The only receiver in his crosshairs, Clyde Gates, was double-teamed.
But he decided it was a needle he could thread.
In a game as tight as the window he tried to squeeze the ball through, the decision was costly. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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