Patriots lose to Jets after electing to kick off to start overtime

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Patriots lose to Jets after deferring possession in OT
Sunday December 27th, 2015

The Jets beat the Patriots in overtime on Sunday when Pro Bowl special-teams player Matthew Slater told the referee New England wanted to kick off to start overtime after winning the coin toss. 

With the score tied 20–20 at the end of regulation, Slater correctly called heads to win the toss at the start of the extra session. Slater then said the Patriots wanted to give the Jets the ball first in OT. 

After the game, Slater said that coach Bill Belichick had told him that the Patriots wanted to kick. 

Belichick confirmed that was the plan. “We thought it was the best thing to do,” he said.

If the Patriots had chosen to receive, they could have won the game with a touchdown on their first drive in OT. Instead, the Jets got the ball first, and scored on a six-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Eric Decker to win the game.

The Jets are now 10–5 and can clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win next week against Buffalo.

- Kenny Ducey

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