Pushgate? The Patriots Got Screwed On Their Game-Ending Penalty Yesterday Because Bill Belichick Was Trying To Cheat (Again)

  • Matt Rudnitsky

I assume you saw the finish of the New York Jets overtime win over the New England Patriots. In case you missed it, Jets kicker Nick Folk missed a field goal that would’ve given the Pats the ball in excellent field position in OT, but an obscure, new penalty was called on the Patriots. The Jets got 15 yards and a first down, and soon won the game.

Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones was flagged for pushing a teammate into the offensive formation during the attempt. The unsportsmanlike conduct foul — put into effect this season — was accurately enforced, but will draw heavy scrutiny in the hours and days to come.

That’s what happened. A weird, new penalty was called correctly, and the Patriots got screwed. End of story.

Except that it’s not. Via NFL.com reporter Albert Breer and “his buddies :@GreshandZo and @scottzolak“:

There ya go. The puppeteer of Spygate tried to skirt the rules, again. Pushgate, we’ll call it.

And believe it or not, there’s a conspiracy theory out there that the NFL changed the rule after calling it on the Patriots. That the NFL is rigged, just like the NBA. This explains:

So, there’s no conspiracy. That article points to an NFL.com story, not the NFL rulebook, which correctly had the rule as intended, after the pre-season modification. Simple.

But there is another little conspiracy here, Belichick trying to skirt the rules, and Rex Ryan and the NFL calling him out on it. And screwing him in the end. It’s not completely verified, but it appears logical.

It’s wonderful karma, and as a Jets fan, I will add another asterisk to the imaginary Bill Belichick plaque in the imaginary Football Hall-of-Fame located in my imaginary mansion because I’m just a poor sports blogger who cannot afford such luxuries.

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