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Patriots lose on ridiculous unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Chris Jones

The New England Patriots lost to the New York Jets 30-27 in overtime on Sunday after referees called an obscure and ridiculous unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Pats rookie Chris Jones.

The call came on a 54-yard field goal Nick Folk missed wide to the left to keep the game tied at 27. Jones was flagged for stacking up behind his teammate and pushing one of his defensive lineman into a Jets lineman. As of a new rule created this year designed to protect players, that is an illegal play.

The 15-yard penalty allowed the Jets to retain possession and move closer for a field goal. They won the game on a 42-yard kick from Folk.

According to NFL rules guru Mike Pereira, that is the first time the penalty has been called this season.

Referees apparently had been shown examples of this rules violation and were told to start calling it. The Pats were the first victim.

“It’s my mistake. It’s all my fault,” Jones said after the loss.

Chris Jones penalty

Also see: Did Jets do same thing earlier in game?



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  • Art Vandelay

    i don’t see any proof that Jones pushed his teammate. You can’t see that at all. How do you know what happened under there? There is no view of his hands or arms or anything. What a shame for a game to be decided on a part of the play that had no impact whatsoever on the play itself.

  • MitEngineer

    so you make a post saying it is a rediculous call….and then post a quote from a former director of officiating saying it was legit…god you guys have no clue how to run a blog. You want me to do some guest picks by the way?

  • Suspector

    my god football has some stupid rules……..and this one is so obscure you can hardly tell..
    Mike..u must be a Pats fan..

    heck why dont we just review every play for violations….Im sure we can find many…

  • Eddie Crosby

    Good for them. Now they know how is feels to lose because of the refs bullshit call. They won last week on dumb calls by the refs.

  • REGGIE

    SO YOU AGREE IT WAS A BULLSHIT CALL, SO DO A MULTITUDE OF OTHERS. HOWEVER HERE IS A CHANCE TO EXPLAIN WHAT “DUMB CALLS” OR BULLSHIT CALLS WERE MADE LAST WEEK …

  • TheKnoxScore

    Jones admitted he did it intentionally to get more push or should I say oomph

  • GINO

    FINALLY!!!! THE PAT’S GET CALLED FOR A PENALTY THAT MAKES THEM LOSE A GAME!!!! THANK YOU REFS!!!! GO F YOURSELF BELACHEAT!!!!

  • SpinMax

    Reminds me of the awesome leaping call in the Tamps-Indy monday night epic comeback game.

  • CoolApple

    In a tight game between two rivals and it comes down to the wire,…….leave it to the refs to decide the game. I saw the game. Going overboard to call a penalty. Should not have come to this.

  • Shawn

    Do you see a Ref literally 5 feet from what happened in this penalty right? I think he has the best view than anyone else on the field

  • Mary Ann Redfern

    Oh, boohoohoo (diehard Saints fan). Waaaaaaaaahhhh

  • Mary Ann Redfern

    If you have to use all caps to make your point you probably need a broader vocabulary.

  • FJEI64

    Two words – Tuck Rule.

  • CoolApple

    I don’t have a dog in that fight. I’m just pissed cause I watched a good game to the end, guys playing hard, and some ref has to throw a flag to decide the outcome. You can cry in your gumbo all you want to.

  • snich82

    What an absolute garbage call. It would have been a joke regardless on which team is was called on.

    This penalty could have been called on any one of the 300+ field goal attempts this season.

    Another case of a ref trying to be a celebrity.

  • gavinwca

    When you have ridiculous girly rules, you get ridiculous girly rulings.

  • Mary Ann Redfern

    haha, very funny…not