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October 21, 2013

Penalty dooms Patriots in OT against Jets

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“Folk Hero was the man he always is, kicking game-winner for us,” Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson said. “It was a great win across the board.”

It also kept Folk’s consecutive kicks streak intact, giving him 16 straight to start the season.

“Yeah, we’re not going to talk about that right now,” he said, smiling.

Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley and ran for another as the Jets topped Tom Brady and the Patriots, who tied it at 27 with 16 seconds left in regulation on Stephen Gostkowski’s 44-yard field goal.

New England had defeated New York in six straight regular-season meetings, and saw its 12-game winning streak against AFC East opponents end.

“Everyone has to look at themselves and do a better job,” Brady said, “because what we’re doing now isn’t good enough.”

Brady opened overtime with a 16-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski, making his season debut. But the Jets stopped forced New England to punt.

Gronkowski almost made a one-handed grab late in regulation when he had a clear lane into the end zone. Gronkowski, who missed the first six games after having offseason surgery on his back and broken left forearm, had eight catches for 114 yards.

“I’m still mad about that one,” Gronkowski said.

Brady threw a 17-yard TD pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 seconds left to beat previously unbeaten New Orleans last week — leaving defensive coordinator Rob Ryan grimacing on the sideline. This time, Rob’s twin brother walked off the field celebrating a win.

It was the second time in three games Brady was held without a touchdown pass, both losses. Brady finished 22 of 46 for 228 yards and had an interception returned 23 yards for a touchdown by Antonio Allen.

“That was huge,” Smith said.

Smith, who threw three fourth-quarter interceptions in a Week 2 loss at New England, was 17 of 33 for 233 yards. He had a first-quarter interception returned 79 yards for a touchdown by rookie Logan Ryan that appeared to set the tone for an ominous afternoon for Smith.

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