By popular demand, we're again going to have a post after each game that breaks down some of the controversial decisions from the officiating crew in the game.
Patriots 4-35 (leading to one Jets first down)
Jets 1-5 (leading to zero Patriots first downs)
Note: This does not include penalties that are declined or off-set.
Plays where the call was obvious, uncontroversial or not visible on broadcast footage
- Pop Douglas holding penalty on Sauce Gardner. Clear handful of jersey preventing Gardner from getting outside to negate a first down run. This actually led to another 1st-and-10 because the 10 yard penalty was enforced 10 yards downfield. The broadcast showed 1st-and-20 but that was incorrect.
- Jalen Reagor delay of game for throwing the ball down after a first down catch. This seemed a bit harsh. They also wrongly attributed this to number 23 instead of 83.
Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation
- Justin Hardee flagged for being out of bounds on a kick. This seemed fair enough but the officials ignored a blatant illegal block in the back and hold by Brenden Schooler on Irv Charles.
- Illegal formation on Carter Warren. The announcer said that maybe Warren was too far forward, but that didn't appear to be the case and presumably would have been offensive offside anyway. It's possible that Mekhi Becton was too far back and they called the wrong number.
- Anfernee Jennings neutral zone infraction. Despite clearly jumping early, as long as Jennings didn't touch an offensive lineman and got back onside before the ball was snapped on an offensive player moved, this shouldn't have been flagged. It was pretty close. Maybe a Jets lineman flinched though.
- Jabrill Peppers hit on a defenseless receiver. This knocked Garrett Wilson out of the game and Peppers was apologetic to Jets players after the play. It was late and there was contact to the head which was forceful, even though Peppers was trying to slow down and avoid contact, which was more difficult than usual in the snow. While those mitigating factors are a good excuse for the play not being regarded as dirty, it's still an obvious 15-yard penalty.
Notable no-calls etc
Here were some of the other notable missed calls, replay situations and controversial moments:
- There were multiple plays in coverage and in the trenches where a call could have been made, on both teams, but the officials were either letting them play because it was cold/meaningless game/getaway day or simply struggling to see the violations through the snow.
- Spotting the ball was also difficult and again there were a few that could have gone the other way if scrutinized more closely.
- Quinnen Williams could have been hit with a roughing call when he sacked Bailey Zappe with a low hit (and could still be fined having been fined for two plays last week that weren't flagged).
- Bryce Huff timed the snap count so perfectly a few times that he looked like he might be offside but seemed to get it right.
- Mike Gesicki's non-catch in the end zone was correctly called incomplete. Obviously he didn't survive the ground since Tony Adams was able to pry the ball loose. However, there's an argument that he never had full control anyway.
- New England lined up in the neutral zone on a successful Jets quarterback sneak.
- There were a couple of scuffles but no flags thrown, involving Pharaoh Brown and Quincy Williams and Schooler and Charles.
- The officials originally flagged someone after another scuffle threatened to break out - possibly Micheal Clemons for bumping Brown - but that wasn't a big deal and they were correct to pick it up, even though Bill Belichick was pissed.
- Zappe was correctly ruled to have been down before he threw the ball away on Will McDonald's sack.
- When Chazz Surratt stripped the ball away from Reagor on a kickoff return, the ball seemed to be moving before he was down so this was a close play and perhaps should have stayed as a fumble. It was very similar to the overturned Jordan Whitehead strip in the Browns game, with this looking even more like the ball was coming loose before he was down.
Let us know what we missed - or misinterpreted - in the comments...