Jets lament missed chances in lat­est de­feat

Late cir­cus TD catch by Enunwa not enough as Pa­tri­ots rally for a vic­tory over New York

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Den­nis Waszak Jr.

Four years later, the Butt Fum­ble gave way to the ex­cite­ment of the Butt TD for the Jets. But it wasn’t enough.

Four years later, the mis­ery of the Butt Fum­ble gave way to the ex­cite­ment of the Butt Touch­down for the New York Jets.

But in the end, it wasn’t enough.

Quincy Enunwa’s spec­tac­u­lar 22-yard grab in which he got one foot and his back­side in bounds for a TD gave the Jets a late lead and the mo­men­tum. A hob­bled Tom Brady and the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots then stormed back for a 22-17 vic­tory on Sun­day.

“Play­ing against the Pa­tri­ots, you don’t have to play the per­fect game,” Jets quar­ter­back Ryan Fitz­patrick said, “but you can’t make mis­takes.”

With the Jets (3-8) trail­ing 13-10, Fitz­patrick threw deep for Bran­don Mar­shall on fir­stand-10 from the 22 and the two just missed con­nect­ing. On the next play, Fitz­patrick tossed a per­fectly placed ball to Enunwa in the end zone.

Enunwa soared above Mal­colm But­ler for the catch, with his right foot com­ing down in

the end zone and then his back­side, but not his left foot. It was ini­tially called an in­com­plete pass, but Todd Bowles chal­lenged and the call was re­versed.

“Once I saw the re­play, I knew for a fact,” Enunwa said. “There was no doubt in my mind that it was a touch­down.”

The play im­me­di­ately rekin­dled mem­o­ries of one of the most in­fa­mous plays in Jets his­tory. Against the Pa­tri­ots on Thanks­giv­ing night in 2012, quar­ter­back Mark Sanchez fum­bled af­ter run­ning into guard Bran­don Moore’s back­side and Steve Gre­gory re­cov­ered.

It was a turn­ing point in the Jets’ 49-19 loss and be­came a sta­ple of blooper reels.

This one went New York’s way and will be a high­light as one of the best plays by the Jets in a dis­mal sea­son.

“Good thing he does all those squats and got his butt down,” Fitz­patrick joked of Enunwa. “That was good, but No. 12 (Brady) is on their side. It has noth­ing to do with a lack of faith in our de­fense or any­thing like that, but he is who he is for a rea­son.”

Brady tied Pey­ton Man­ning for the most wins by a quar­ter­back in NFL his­tory, get­ting his 200th by throw­ing an 8-yard touch­down pass to Mal­colm Mitchell with 1:56 left.

Trail­ing 17-16 with 5:04 left and the ball on the Pa­tri­ots 17, Brady led an ef­fi­cient drive by com­plet­ing six passes to move New Eng­land down the field. Af­ter James White stretched for 4 yards on fourth-and-4, a 25-yard catch by Chris Ho­gan put the ball at the 8.

Brady then zipped a pass to Mitchell to put the Pa­tri­ots (9-2) ahead.

A 2-point con­ver­sion

try by White was ini­tially ruled good, but the call was re­versed be­cause the ball never crossed the goal line — giv­ing the Jets a fi­nal chance. But on 2nd-and-5 from the 30, Chris Long hit Fitz­patrick be­fore he could throw, re­sult­ing in a fum­ble that was re­cov­ered by Trey Flow­ers.

Brady and the Pa­tri­ots then ran out the clock — helped by LeGar­rette Blount’s 23-yard scam­per — to win the closely played game that had been flexed out of a prime-time spot.

“Those are the kind of mis­takes that they kind of thrive on,” Fitz­patrick said. “We just made too many of them to­day as an of­fense.”

New York was lead­ing 10-3 in the sec­ond quar­ter when rookie Robby An­der­son made a mo­men­tum-shift­ing mis­take.

The wide re­ceiver caught a pass from Fitz­patrick on sec­ond-and-9 from the Jets 25 and gained 25 yards be­fore hav­ing the ball punched out of his hands.

But­ler re­cov­ered for the Pa­tri­ots, who needed just seven plays to tie it on Brady’s 4-yard pass to Mitchell.

“Ob­vi­ously, Robby has to take care of the ball a lit­tle bet­ter than that,” Bowles said. “It ended up cost­ing us at the end.”

But the de­fense, which kept Brady off bal­ance for most of the game, wasn’t im­mune to mis­takes. The most glar­ing came on the play by White when New York had a chance to end the game in the clos­ing mo­ments.

In­stead, it pro­longed the drive and led to the win­ning touch­down.

“Tom Brady is one of the most clutch of all time,” cor­ner­back Buster Skrine said. “We had them on fourth down, right where we wanted then and they were able to con­vert. We need to make the plays we need to to get off the field.”


Jets wide re­ceiver Quincy Enunwa makes a cir­cus touch­down catch against Pa­tri­ots cor­ner­back Mal­colm But­ler dur­ing New York’s loss to New Eng­land.


Pa­tri­ots de­fen­sive end Chris Long gets a hand on the ball as Jets quar­ter­back Ryan Fitz­patrick at­tempts to throw dur­ing clos­ing min­utes of Sun­day’s game. The Pa­tri­ots re­cov­ered the ball on the fum­ble en route to the 22-17 vic­tory.

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