Jets appeared to do same thing as Patriots by pushing player into field goal formation (GIF)


The New England Patriots lost to the New York Jets on Sunday thanks in part to a call that was made for the first time in NFL history. Jets kicker Nick Folk missed a 56-yard field goal attempt wide left in overtime that would have given Tom Brady and company great field position, but Patriots rookie Chris Jones was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing one of his teammates into a Jets offensive lineman.

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The officials got the call right based on the new rule. It was just surprising that they decided to call it at such a crucial point in the game and essentially hand New York a victory. As you can see from the GIF above that Barstool Sports passed along, it appears the Jets did the same thing on a Stephen Gostkowski field goal earlier in the game.


Again, the call cannot be disputed. NFL officials were recently shown examples of the play and told that they need to start calling it. The issue is they should have been looking for it the entire game, not just in overtime. The animation above seems to show that they were not.

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  • Career High

    Nope. You can clearly see the guy is being blocked by a Patriot and that Patriot is actually in between the two Jets players.

  • SteveDelVecchio

    You don’t see a Jets player pushing his own player toward the line of scrimmage? Based on what I’ve read about the rule it states that a player cannot push his teammate toward the line of scrimmage on a field goal attempt. I’m not sure what the fact that the player is being blocked by a Patriot has anything to do with that

  • Career High

    See I don’t see anything definitive showing the Jets player shoving his teammate purposely as the Pats player did. It appears to me that the Jets player got wedged in between the center and guard and when the center stood up it took the Jets player off his feet so he lost balance and fell forward. Blowing up the GIF it appears the Jets player might have his forearm against his teammate but his left arm is clearly on the other side of the Pats player blocking him. If he is touching him to my eye it looks to be incidental contact.

  • stopurwhining

    Agreed, the player they are highlighting has his left arm hanging down – not sure how anyone can see that as a push

  • Kevin Doucette

    The more I look at it the more it looks like he actually is pushing the other Jets player. Tough luck huh!