Trailing by one point with less than eight minutes left in the game, the Jets forced New England into a third-and-goal from the nineteen-yard line.
Despite the adverse down and distance, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady scrambled and found an opening for an acrobatic touchdown grab by Amendola.
"No, I don't know, I have no idea--just the greatest route in the history of the game," Ryan said. "I think we were shocked that [Amendola] would even run a route to the goal line."
The play, however, was not by design. Amendola's route was in response to Brady's scramble. Brady admitted in a post-game interview that his teammate's catch was the result of improvisation.
"That was a great kind of ad lib," Brady said afterward. "He ran a little return route and then when he saw me scramble, broke it up field like we talk about all the time and made a great catch."
The score pushed New England's lead to eight. The Jets were able to score again, cutting the lead to 27-25, but then failed to score on a two point conversion attempt.
A New England three-and-out gave the Jets the ball back with little time remaining, but a Nick Folk game-winning field goal attempt was blocked as time expired.
After their narrow loss at New England, the Jets fell to 1-6 and fourth place in the AFC East. Their next game will be against division rival Buffalo Bills on Oct. 26. The Bills are currently second in the division.
- Christopher Woody