Chiefs unbeaten, Jets top Patriots after controversial call

Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:47pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The Kansas City Chiefs remained unbeaten after a close shave with the Houston Texans, while the New York Jets capitalized on a controversial officiating call to beat division rivals New England in overtime on an eventful NFL Sunday.

On a day when quarterbacks in three different games were injured, the Chiefs emerged unscathed - but only barely - after a bold effort by the visiting Texans came up short.

The Texans kept it close all day before finally succumbing 17-16 when quarterback Case Keenum, in his first NFL start, was sacked with less than two minutes left.

There was little argument about the final result in Kansas City, but it was a different story in the Jets game, where a new rule was called for the first time as New York beat the New England Patriots 30-27 in overtime.

Jets kicker Nick Folk missed a 56-yard field goal attempt but got the chance to make amends after the referees called an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on New England's Chris Jones.

Jones was penalized for pushing a team mate forward to try to block the kick, breaking a new league rule that was introduced this year - at the request of NFL players - in an effort to make the game safer.

Folk then made the winning kick from 42 yards.

The rule states "Team B players cannot push team mates on the line of scrimmage into the offensive formation."

Dean Blandino, the league's vice president of officiating, told the NFL Network that referees had made the correct call, although he added that similar infractions this season had not been penalized.   Continued...