Controversial Fumble Call Dominates Postgame Discussion From Patriots' Win Over Jets

Monday, 16 Oct, 2017

Targeted 10 times by Tom Brady, Gronkowski caught six passes for 83 yards and a pair of scores in the Patriots' 24-17 victory.

The New York Jets lost to the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon, 24-17, but the result could have gone the other way if not for a weird, controversial call to overturn a Jets touchdown in the fourth quarter.

In one of the strangest calls made so far in the 2017 National Football League season, what appeared to be a Jets touchdown was called back and ruled a fumble.

Watching the replay, Jenkins did lose control of the ball, but the ball never actually hit the ground.

That probably best describes how some of the Patriots' loyal fans feel watching some of the same mistakes continue to show up on a weekly basis. But when the touchdown went to review, the referees came back with a confusing ruling - no touchdown, Patriots ball. If Skrine had picked the ball off, the Jets would have gotten the ball in New England territory with a chance to take a 21-point lead.

After several weeks of getting off to bad starts, Jets offensive coordinator John Morton spiced up the start of practices this week.

Worst two-fer: Pats defensive linemen Alan Branch and Malcom Brown were both guilty of defensive holding penalties on a fourth quarter drive that almost resulted in a Jets touchdown. Quarterback Josh McCown threw what initially was ruled a 4-yard touchdown to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. They have played with passion and a sense of urgency which can directly be attributed to working together as a team.

The Jets offense disappeared after that. The Jets gained just 40 yards in the half after taking a 14-0 lead.

Best mismatch: Rob Gronkowski had no problems with Jets safety Jamal Adams on the goal line for a 2-yard touchdown reception to help the Patriots tie the game at 14 heading into halftime.

They took a lead they would not relinquish on their first drive of the second half.