It was looking good at one point of yesterdays 37-16 New England Patriots victory over the New York Jets.
In the second quarter, after Jets linebacker Jamaal Westerman forced a safety on quarterback Tom Brady, the Jets took the free kick and moved down the field to score a touchdown on a Mark Sanchez run with 1:20 left in the first half. The seven play, 65 yard drive was temporarily halted on a third-and-goal play, when Sanchez called timeout with 17 seconds left on the play clock.
The extra time, of course, helped the Patriots, as Brady went 80 yards in six plays, finding tight end Rob Gronkowski in the end zone with nine seconds left for a 13-9 Patriots lead.
Head coach Rex Ryan, while not taking the blame or blaming anyone, told NBC’s Michele TaFoya that the timeout was the “stupidest play in NFL history.”
Sanchez blamed himself for the bad timed clock stoppage, saying, “you can’t do that. … It was a horrible mistake.”
Ryan later tried to take full responsibility for the call, saying: “Because I’m responsible for everything that happens with this football team.”