Those walking out of Gillette Stadium or flipping the channel at home would have missed it, but one play at the end of Sunday’s Patriots victory over the Jets carried with it a measure of intrigue.
With 30 seconds left, the Patriots led by 17 points and faced third and 6 and from their own 45. Had they run the ball, the Jets might have allowed the clock to run out, and the game would have ended. Instead, the Patriots gave the Jets something to think about until the rivals meet again next fall.
Tom Brady dropped back and heaved a deep pass down the sideline to Randy Moss, who was blanketed by Darrelle Revis. After Revis and Moss debated whether or not Revis had help covering Moss when he shut him down in Week 2, the play seemed to carry purpose.
Revis, as he had all game, won the matchup as the pass fell incomplete. For the game, Moss caught five of the 12 passes thrown his way, including a play on which Revis drew a blatant offensive pass interference penalty.
Once the final pass fell incomplete, the Patriots punted. With five seconds left, the Jets called timeout.
At his Monday press conference, Jets coach Rex Ryan was asked his thoughts on the attempted pass. He used the question to again promote Revis and to compliment Wes Welker.
“I looked at that as an opportunity for us,” Ryan said. “Throw it up deep. Our guy is going to come down with it more than your guy is. If they want to throw it up to Revis, that’s great. If they would have thrown it up to Welker again, I would have had a problem with it.”
Ryan was then asked if he felt the play was disrespectful.
“Yes, but that’s why I called the timeout at the end of the game, (to) give our team another chance,” Ryan said. “It was surprising. Again, things happen. [Bill] Belichick, I don’t even know how much he had to do with it more than that might have been something that Brady or Moss wanted to do. We need to stop them anyway, so it’s no biggie, but I was surprised. I did feel a little bit disrespected.”
Until next year.