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October 21, 2013

Jets beat Patriots 30-27 in OT

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 on Sunday.

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.

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