Pats Rally to Force Overtime, But End Up Losing to Jets
By BARRY WILNER=
AP Pro Football Writer=
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Eric Decker’s 6-yard touchdown catch on the first drive of overtime _ after New England chose to kick off _ lifted the Jets to a 26-20 victory Sunday that put New York in position to make the playoffs.
A win next week at Buffalo gives the Jets a wild-card berth.
New England (12-3) won the OT coin toss and surprisingly elected to give the ball to the Jets (10-5). New York used a career-long 48-yard reception by Quincy Enunwa and a 20-yard pass to Brandon Marshall to move into scoring position. And then, Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Decker on a fade behind Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler for New York’s fifth straight victory.
Marshall had two touchdown catches and also became the first NFL player with 100 receptions in six seasons. Fitzpatrick tied a franchise record with 29 TD throws this season.
Tom Brady hit James White for a 9-yard score with 1:55 to go, forcing OT.