With his 30 yarder in overtime giving the Jets the 23-20 victory over the Lions yesterday, kicker Nick Folk started to prepare for the kick-off… Problem was, the game was over already.
Folk told the New York Post that he thought the Lions would have one possession to either tie or win the game after his FG 2:38 into overtime.
Folk, who’d played in only one overtime game as a pro when he was with Dallas, thought the new overtime rule that NFL owners recently voted in would kick in. The new rule allows the team that loses the OT coin toss and gives up a field goal to get one possession to either tie or win the game.
That rule, however, was voted in for the postseason only.
“That,” Folk said with a smile, “is why that might have been the worst game-winning celebration ever. When I made it, I turned to go get ready to kick off. Then I saw everyone running onto the field and was like, ‘OK, we won. Woo hoo.’
“Now,” Folk added, “I know.”
Right tackle Damien Woody was obviously surprised when told of Folk’s misunderstanding.
“That’s kind of hard to believe,” Woody said. “Are you serious? I’m just glad he made the kick so we could get the hell out of the building.”