Posted October 20, 2013

Rare ‘pushing’ penalty helps Jets topple Patriots in OT

AFC East, New England Patriots, New York Jets
Bill Belichick disputed the penalty, which was added to the rule book this season.

Bill Belichick disputed the penalty, which was added to the rule book this season. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

A new, never-before-called rule burned Chris Jones and the New England Patriots in overtime Sunday.

Jones was called for “pushing” one of his teammates into the line on Nick Folk’s 56-yard field goal attempt in overtime, which Folk pulled wide to the left. The penalty, a 15-yarder for unsportsmanlike conduct, gave the Jets another shot at their potential game-winning possession; Folk hit a 42-yarder for the 30-27 overtime victory minutes later.

The call on Jones was made under Rule 9, Section 1, Article 3.2 of the NFL’s 2013 rule book, which states that “[Defensive] players cannot push teammates on the line of scrimmage into the offensive formation.” That provision was added only this season and, according to FOX’s Mike Pereira, Jones was the first player unfortunate enough to be called for the foul.

The play, as provided by SBNation:

The circle on Jones there came courtesy of CBS analyst Dan Dierdorf. Jones appeared to loop around behind his teammate in an attempt to block Folk’s kick up the middle. Was it the right call? Pereira said yes:

By the letter of the law, it seems that the officials got this one right. But Patriots coach Bill Belichick, perhaps predictably, disagreed. He argued, according to the Boston Herald‘s Jeff Howe, that “there wasn’t a push in the second level that would require a flag.”

Back in September, the league explained that its adjusted rules on field goals and extra points were put into place because “defensive teams were rushing through the gaps created by the overload. After looking at a lot of tape, NFL Competition Committee members found too many injuries were caused by this formation.” Hand-in-hand with the rule utilized Sunday was a ban on lining up six players to either side of the ball on the line of scrimmage, which is the “overload” referenced there.

After the game, referee Jerome Boger told Patriots pool reporter Mike Reiss that “any push” in that scenario should result in a flag now. “It could be with the body, not necessarily with the hand, but with the body into his teammate, into the formation,” Boger said. “It’s any type of pushing action.”

The Patriots had rallied late to force overtime, with Tom Brady leading a drive that moved the Patriots from the New England 8 to the Jets’ 26 before stalling out. New England’s Stephen Gostkowski then hit from 44 yards to send the game to OT. Brady’s crew had the ball first in the extra session, too, but failed to put any points on the board, meaning the Jets needed only a field goal to win.

They got it, with an assist similar to the one they earned in Week 1 at Tampa Bay. In the waning seconds of that game, the Buccaneers’ Lavonte David was penalized 15 yards for hitting Geno Smith out of bounds after a scramble — a call that moved the Jets to the Bucs’ 30. Folk nailed a 45-yarder for the win following that penalty.

98 comments
Boodah
Boodah

The wussification of the NFL continues apace then since the 'P' word is too edgy for this space.

Boodah
Boodah

The pussification of the NFL continues apace.

K-Jun
K-Jun

Well, the Patriots finally got theirs. During the Saints game their lineman jumped offsides causing a Saints offensive lineman to react. Should have been an encroachment penalty on the Patriots but the official (probably an AFC and Patriots fan) called a penalty on the Saints. With the proper call the Saints would have a first down and the Patriots would never have gotten the ball back to score the winning touchdown. Not the first time the Patriots have been rewarded a game with bad calls and won't be the last. 

So on that basis glad to see the Patriots lost on what they consider (key word here) a bad call. Guess Tom went home and cried to Giselle. 

Glad the Jets bested them. Now hope other teams do so as well. 

RichardOgilby
RichardOgilby

The Refs wait until overtime to call this?This hadn't happened all season in all the games?

The ref had money on the game or was working for someone who did.

TomMenino
TomMenino

This Human Centipede penalty rule was implemented to keep the secondary from inadvertently pushing the linemen into the kicker.  It was not designed to address linemen that all get bunched up (as they will do play after play after play).  The bottom line is the Jets blow this year and the  NFL can't have both NY teams sucking so bad that it affects ratings dollars in such a large market.  So the game was handed to the Jets.  Pats may not have won anyway, based on their level of play yesterday, but the front office made the call to avoid any chances.

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

What the Pats cheating?!!?  Shocking … hey Bill it was easier to win when you were taping the other teams practices.

Patriots = ZERO Super Bowl Wins without cheating

DavidinNYC
DavidinNYC

I notice none of the Pats crybabies are wondering why their team failed to hold a 21-10 lead, and gave up and additional 17 points to a rookie quarterback before this call was even made... 

bobthecardguy
bobthecardguy

The rule is a player not on the line of scrimmage cannot push their teammates. The call was bogus.What the rule changes: During a field-goal attempt or a try kick: (1) No more than six Team B players may be on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper at the snap; Penalty: For illegal formation by the defense, loss of 5 yards from the previous spot. (2) Team B players not on the line of scrimmage at the snap cannot push players on the line of scrimmage into the offensive formation. Penalty: For unnecessary roughness, loss of 15 yards from the previous spot.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Utter nonsense! I say this as someone who was happy to see the Pats lose - but not on a BS call like this. The NFL is becoming the NBA, where games are decided by the officials. The NFL decides to enforce this "rule," yet the referees ignore 95% of pass interference and holding down field.

TomasHavrda
TomasHavrda

If NFL refs would call this very common rule violation on consistent basis since this season started, I would accept it yesterday with no problem. But to call it for a very first time in the game deciding situation like they did is a fraud. I don't accept NFL explanations. I feel I waisted 3 hours of my day. NFL, let NYC teams win with their skills or don't expect me to watch this circus.

amorosotom
amorosotom

So there were 400 field goals this season under the new rule. How come in a game changing call it had to happen this game. I smell a fix. Check out those zebras. 

playemball
playemball

Uh Oh.. Now the Jets have to go into Cincy..

jopomp2
jopomp2

TUCK RULE?!?!?!...OK... as a Pats fan I was disappointed that the 'pushing' penalty  gave Folk a second attempt....but then again waaaay back in  01 we Pats got a second life with the infamous tuck rule....so what goes round, comes round.  Jets played better...nuff said...

rupesh.kunwar
rupesh.kunwar

it's in the book now... the so called rule and the win for the jets..no use complaining. credit to the jets team on a well planned and well played game. 

robonmv
robonmv

I don't think the most important issue is who won the game, but rather is it true that the NFL truly did change a rule online after the game. If so, then this blows away the integrity of the game. Not that after watching the recent concussion documentary I thought the NFL had much anyways.

JohnStevens
JohnStevens

Clearly a blatant foul and a very dangerous play.  This kind of outrageous violence must be curtailed immediately or the game will be in serious jeopardy.  

junkyarddragon
junkyarddragon

Anyone remember Belicheat and his Rams practice film? How about something called "tuck"? Zebra's, at the urging of GODell and Kraft's money have been kissing the butt of New England for a looooong time. They are the NFL's cash cow. Pat fans, what goes around comes around. We'll change your Pampers as soon as the contents get cold...

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

"Pushing" penalty, no wonder LeBron would like to play for the NFL these days.

John Speak
John Speak

Stop wining Pats fans. All a team has to do is look at Brady cross eyed and a flag is thrown. What about the touchdown to Stephen Hill? The Jets dominated. Brady was terrible most of the game. Yeh, it was a a tough call. How many successful drives did they have in the second half? They weren't scoring again anyhow.

AmericanPoolBoy
AmericanPoolBoy

Total BS. i don't like the Pats, but let them play. The official who called that penalty works for the NFL... and Vegas. He should have STAYED IN VEGAS.

RuKdingMe
RuKdingMe

If so many players are injured on these types of kicking plays - which is their rationale for this new rule - , why haven't they banned PATs and just award 7 points for a TD?  PATs are the most useless time-wasting plays (almost 100% success rate) so eliminate them and cut injuries to zero.

RuKdingMe
RuKdingMe

Brady needs to start completing more than 50% of his passes.  He should stop complaining about "new receivers" and start hitting "open receivers".  If he doesn't overthrow Dobson down the sideline with 1 min left in game there would not have been OT.  All year he has thrown behind and over receivers.

RuKdingMe
RuKdingMe

Amazing the NFL would change the rule wording AFTER the game.  Also amazing that pics show a Jets player doing EXACTLY the same thing on a Pats FG earlier in the game with no call.


KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

"Rare" penalty? It's the first and only time it's been called in the NFL. Yes, that's pretty rare.

GuyIncognito
GuyIncognito

So that's two games, both at home, the Jets have won on dubious calls by the refs.  4-3 and they're in the hunt for the playoffs, 2-5 and people would be calling for Rex's head.

The league should have instructed its refs either to make this ridiculous call, which no one has ever heard of, either in the preseason (don't tell me this was the first time it happened since the rule was introduced), or in a game when the score was 31-7.  Not in overtime.  The Pats have had plenty of good fortune with refereeing decisions over the years, they'll probably still make the playoffs this season, but that was a freakin' joke.

RaelityCheck
RaelityCheck

Haters hate.....that's what you do. Maybe the Saints had bounties out on Brady, Gronk and Ridley? Cheaters. (That was overblown sarcasm to match how ridiculous your post is). Loser....

jcmass
jcmass

@RichardOgilby I have to agree. First, I have trouble understanding why the NFL has to constantly change the rules all the time, every year. It's confusing for the officials, for the players, and for the coaches. 


But if one wants to constantly tinker with the game (and I can see some reasonable changes, like the ones protecting defenseless players -- but most injuries do not come from cheap shots at the lines, they come when a player has time to get up to full speed before colliding with another player.) then it should be EXTENSIVELY called during the pre-season, or in areas where it will not affect the outcome of a game. (like on PAT's). 


BUT, having said that, I do NOT believe that the officials had money on the game, or were trying to "rig" the game. If any official starts really paying attention to that kind of stuff, they will only make more mistakes. It was just a VERY bad moment to choose to throw a flag to teach someone about a new rule. What exactly are players behind the line of scrimmage (and apparently this player was ON the line of scrimmage) supposed to do during the play -- stand there and do nothing??? 


In general for officials, if you are going to call that penalty, then you need to start doing it all game long -- and not wait until overtime at a critical moment that essentially decides the outcome of a game. The goal for an official is to have fans talking about the players and how they played -- not about the officials. 

jcmass
jcmass

@thebigdawg3 First of all, Bill has never taped other team's practices. That is fabrication. What he was doing was essentially trying to steal signs, which if you come from baseball, is just a part of the game. There are certain people in baseball who are good at stealing signs, and it is just part of the game. 


What hurt in this game was that Brady was erratic, and not as accurate as in previous years -- hard to know just what is happening there, but it is almost an entirely new receiving corps. 


And the Patriots went into the game without their three best defensive players. This was the heart of a defensive rebuilding that has been going on since the Patriots last won a Superbowl. They do not have the players on defense that they had 10 years ago. 

RaelityCheck
RaelityCheck

No d-bag, we know. It's called missing your top D player at every level. Jets have a good D and the Pats with all their issues still lit them up in 2 out of 3quarters. Nothing to thump your chest at. How will you cry now.....even after winning? Loser......

Baer1
Baer1

@bobthecardguy #94 was BEHIND the line of scrimmage. Your argument would place an additional man on the LOS and a penalty for illegal formation.

Baer1
Baer1

@ScottMurray  Getting "robbed" is what happens when you fail to maintain a 21-10 lead at the half and your QB doesn't throw any touchdowns.

Baer1
Baer1

@TomasHavrda Funny, because most folks didn't know about the tuck rule until Brady fumbled, er, 'tucked' the ball.

TomMenino
TomMenino

@jopomp2 Jets played better, no doubt.  But the call was bogus.  Jets won with an asterisk.

Harry4naris
Harry4naris

@robonmv they didnt change a rule, relax, they revised a NEWS story, the rule has never changed.

RaelityCheck
RaelityCheck

They didn't dominate dude. They won a tight game. Their O played just well enough to win vs the Pats second team D. Won't happen if they were healthy...

funtasticus
funtasticus

@AmericanPoolBoy Like it or not it is the rule...same thing as the Tuck Rule that got the Pats to the Super Bowl.  Rule states you can't push a player --- very simple rule and very obvious breaking of that rule.

Reggielegendary
Reggielegendary

@GuyIncognito Every rule that is instituted has a first time it is called moment. Now, I will admit that calling it at that moment blows for the Pats BUT he did it. No matter how you feel about it, truth is that he committed the foul and the refs are to call it. Has it happened in other games? Probably so. But it's just like speeding on the highway. We all do it and sometimes it's looked over by cops but sometimes you're the one to the get the ticket.

RaelityCheck
RaelityCheck

Wrong, moron. That's called getting beat by a good team. Getting robbed is having a new penalty called on a rush that doesn't impact the play in OT on a game winning FG. That's like calling a delay of game penalty because fat-assed Rex couldn't get his bloated foot off the field. Happens all the time. Min fact Jets ran same scheme on Pats tying FG.....the call was horrible.

jcmass
jcmass

@Baer1 @ScottMurray Considering they were missing their three best defensive players, they did well to keep the score as low as they did. 


From an officiating standpoint, overtime in a situation like that is NOT the time to be enforcing new rules. It should be done on PATs, or in pre-season, so that players will have time to adjust to the new rules. 


One thing unique to the NFL is this obsession with constantly changing the rules. I can understand concern over player safety, but we are seeing rules changes every year. It'  not an easy game to begin with, and down thread someone has a link to the NFL's webpage, where the wording of the rule mysteriously changed after the game. 

But like everything else, the Patriots have to adjust and move on. But I really don't get the constant tinkering with the rulebook. 

jcmass
jcmass

@Baer1 @TomasHavrda Actually, that rule was used in a game THAT season (2001) in a game involving the Patriots and the Jets. And it went to the benefit of the Jets QB, who had been stripped of the football, but because of the Tuck rule, it was ruled an incomplete pass, and not a fumble. So unlike this rule, it was not a new rule at the time, and it was not the only time it was called that season. 


At least with this, it was not a playoff game. IMO, if you are going to teach a new rule, then the time to do it is on PATs, when it is not going to affect the outcome of the game. You don't call it for the first time in a situation that is going to decide a game, UNLESS the foul actually affects the kick, which it clearly didn't. 

RaelityCheck
RaelityCheck

You're wrong dude. Original "rule" and explanation was a second level player couldn't push a d man on the line. They changed it in the book but not on the website or in video from VP. Look it up dummy...

JackA
JackA

@funtasticus @AmericanPoolBoy Yeah , it also state the player needs to be from the 2nd level of the def. and he was lined up  on the line of scrimmage .