Drive of the Game: Controversial FG

October, 21, 2013
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A look back at the key drive in the New York Jets' 30-27 overtime win over the New England Patriots:

The Drive: The Jets marched 56 yards on 14 plays, including Nick Folk's 42-yard field goal in overtime.

The Situation: After holding Tom Brady & Co. to a four-and-out on the opening possession of OT, the Jets got the ball at their 20 after a touchback. Not wanting to put the game in rookie quarterback Geno Smith's hands, the Jets ran the ball. And ran. And ran. They moved at a glacial pace, setting themselves up for the game-winning field goal -- and a controversy.

What Happened: After only one pass and nine runs, including an ultra-conservative inside handoff on a third-and-5 that lost two yards, the Jets sent in Folk for a 56-yard try. He missed, but it was nullified by an unprecedented call. The Patriots' Chris Jones, in an attempt to block the kick, pushed teammate Will Svitek into the Jets' Damon Harrison -- a no-no, based on a new NFL rule that had never been called before. Jones was flagged for 15 yards, unsportsmanlike conduct.

The Impact: The Jets ran three more plays after the penalty, netting a minus-1. They sure have a lot of faith in Folk, don't they? Folk drilled the game winner from 42 yards, lifting the Jets to their most significant win in two years and giving NFL Nation a whole lot to discuss on the day after.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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