Another week of last-minute madness for the Patriots, this instance in overtime against the Jets. New York was lined up to kick the field goal, a long one that missed. But there was a flag on the play. Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones pushed his own man through the pile. It looked like a bad call, but it was actually the result of a new rule in the NFL this year.
Teams are no longer allowed to push players when they're stacked up on field goal and punt formations.
Take a look:
Jones (a rookie) didn't start from a stack position but he ended up pushing from behind which as of this yr in NFL only is a penalty— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) October 20, 2013
Wow. Jets beat Patriots in overtime thanks to a new rule. I'm sure Belichick and Special Teams coach Obrien covered the rule w/ team— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) October 20, 2013
Every Saturday we have a meeting covering rules violations and special circumstances that occur throughout the week— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) October 20, 2013
Joe Namath also offered his opinion on the penalty.
It's in the rule book and was a great call by the official! They try to protect the centers in the kicking game.— Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) October 20, 2013
Last week, Saints fans were unhappy about an uncalled hold on the game-winning play.
Karma, I guess.