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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Nick Folk missed. And then, he didn’t.
After a penalty on New England gave the New York Jets kicker another chance, Folk booted a 42-yard field goal with 5:07 left in overtime for a 30-27 victory over the Patriots today.
Folk was wide left on a 56-yarder, but the miss was negated when New England’s Chris Jones was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing a teammate forward to try to block the kick. It marked the first time that new penalty has been called in an NFL game.
New York, given new life, ran the ball three times to set up Folk’s winner and send the towel-waving fans at MetLife Stadium into a frenzy.
Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another as the Jets (4-3) topped Tom Brady and the Patriots (5-2), who tied it at 27 with 16 seconds left in regulation on Stephen Gostkowski’s 44-yard field goal.
New England had defeated New York in six straight regular-season meetings, and saw its 12-game winning streak against AFC East opponents come to an end.
Brady opened overtime with a 16-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski, making his season debut. But the Jets stopped the Patriots on the next three plays and forced New England to punt.
Gronkowski almost made a one-handed grab late in regulation when he had a clear lane into the end zone. Gronkowski, who missed the first six games after having offseason surgery on his back and broken left forearm, had eight catches for 114 yards.
Brady threw a 17-yard TD pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 seconds left to beat previously unbeaten New Orleans last week — leaving defensive coordinator Rob Ryan grimacing on the sideline. This time, Rex Ryan, Rob’s twin brother, walked off the field celebrating a win.
It was the second time in three games Brady was held without a touchdown pass, both losses. Brady finished 22 of 46 for 228 yards and had an interception returned for a touchdown by Antonio Allen.
Smith, who threw three fourth-quarter interceptions in a Week 2 loss at New England, was 17 of 33 for 233 yards. He had a first-quarter interception returned 79 yards for a touchdown by rookie Logan Ryan that appeared to set the tone for an ominous afternoon for Smith.
Smith rebounded and gave the Jets a 24-21 lead in the third quarter on an 8-yard run that left the crowd chanting “GEE-NO! GEE-NO!” On third-and-14 from the 24, Smith took off left and was met by Marquice Cole, who slammed into the quarterback. But Smith reached out as he was going down and got the first down.
He again had all receivers tied up when he sprinted to his right, faked out Cole with a nice shake move and dived into the corner of the end zone.
Folk kicked a 37-yard field goal late in the third quarter for a 27-21 lead. Gostkowski’s 39-yarder cut New York’s advantage to 27-24.
The Jets, in a 21-10 hole, opened the second half by immediately putting pressure on Brady and getting a score out of it.
On the first play, Quinton Coples had a strip-sack of Brady, who recovered the ball. But on the next play, Brady threw for Gronkowski and Allen stepped in front. He returned the pick 23 yards, doing a diving somersault into the end zone just 33 seconds into the third quarter.
Stevan Ridley had given the Patriots a 21-10 lead with a 17-yard run on which he bounced outside right tackle and scored untouched. The drive was set up by a 38-yard punt return by Julian Edelman.
Smith got the Jets on the scoreboard on their first drive with a 12-yard toss to Jeremy Kerley. The efficient 12-play drive included three third-down conversions to Kerley.
New England tied it on its opening possession with Brandon Bolden’s 1-yard touchdown.