Belichick's decision comes back to haunt Patriots

Sun Dec 27, 2015 7:40pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Bill Belichick's decision to kick off after winning the overtime coin toss came back to haunt the Patriots as Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker 2:37 into overtime to give New York a stunning 26-20 victory.

The fifth successive win by the Jets (10-5), coupled with the Pittsburgh Steelers' 20-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, vaulted the Jets ahead of the Steelers for the final AFC wild-card spot.

The Jets will qualify for the playoffs if they beat the Buffalo Bills next Sunday.

"That's all you can ask for," Jets rookie head coach Todd Bowles said.

The topic of conversation following the game was all about Belichick's curious decision after New England scored 17 of the final 20 points of regulation to climb out of a 17-3 deficit and force overtime.

"Nothing surprises you about the Patriots and strategy and what they think," said Fitzpatrick, who finished 26 of 41 for 296 yards and three touchdowns but had had a fumble returned for a touchdown by Jamie Collins to begin New England's second-half comeback.

"So we were excited for the opportunity to get the ball and have a chance to put them away."

Belichick said he had no regrets about kicking off.

"I thought that was the best thing to do," Belichick said before adding that his team's performance in the final few moments of regulation had not helped.   Continued...

Dec 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks to tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) and quarterback Tom Brady (12) during timeout at MetLife Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports