Jets take advantage of second chance to kick Patriots to the curb
In October, the New York Jets defeated the Patriots on a 42-yard field goal by Nick Folk in overtime, but the critical call came just moments prior to the game-winning kick. Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing a teammate in an attempt to block Folk's 56-yard attempt in the extra period.
The push was a violation of one of the NFL's new rules for 2013 regarding play on extra points and field goal attempts designed to make sure the game is safer for players in the trenches. Jones was admittedly unaware of the rule, which had been announced by the league in August and shown to each team as officials made their rounds during training camp.
"It was something we probably talked about during camp and it just skipped my mind, it was my mistake and nobody else’s," Jones said after the tough loss in New York. It was the first time the rule had been enforced.