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The New York Jets were on the wrong side of one of the more puzzling calls we’ve seen in years, and the Patriots were the beneficiaries.
In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Jets-Patriots game, Austin Seferian-Jenkins appeared to have scored a touchdown to bring the Jets within four points of New England. Seferian-Jenkins dove for the end zone and cleared the plane, but upon scoring review, the Patriots were awarded a touchback.
Somehow, this was ruled a fumble.
The refs ruled that the bobble was enough to be considered a fumble as Seferian-Jenkins made contact with the pylon, but that looked to be a stretch, at best. Seferian-Jenkins regained possession almost immediately and maintained that possession into the end zone.
The CBS broadcast was baffled by the ruling, as were the fans at MetLife Stadium. For a call that was ruled a touchdown on the field, there was very little to make that call.
The Patriots would hold on to win, 24-17.