The penalty, of course, was an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Chris Jones for pushing a teammate into the line of scrimmage. The 15-yard penalty changed the game – instead of the Patriots taking over at their own 46-yard line, the Jets were given a first down on the New England 23-yard line, a chip shot away from winning the game.
Now, my only issue is with the timing. It’s not that I don’t think the penalty was called correctly; it’s that the officials were told to keep an eye on this during the week, yet it was not called anywhere else in the league on Sunday, and it was not called on any of the other five field-goal attempts in this particular game. I find it hard to believe that Jones’ push in overtime of this game was the only instance of the foul in the entire league on Sunday, yet it was the only one called. To selectively enforce it at that very moment was wrong, no doubt, but the refs in no way blew the call "
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