This stat sums up absurdity of Patriots’ last-second win over Jets originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
There’s winning ugly, and then there’s the New England Patriots’ 10-3 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
The Patriots earned their 14th consecutive win over their AFC East rival despite neither team scoring an offensive touchdown. Marcus Jones saved the game from overtime, busting free for an 84-yard punt return touchdown with just five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to seal a dramatic Patriots win.
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How rare was the ending of Sunday’s game — and the game overall? Consider this stat: Patriots-Jets was the first game the NFL Research team could find in which a game’s first touchdown was scored on defense or special teams in the final minute of regulation.
This was the first game in at least the last 40 seasons in which the first TD scored was a defensive or special teams TD in the final minute of the game. #NYJvsNE @Patriots @ProFootballHOF https://t.co/tmOIwFY9V2
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 20, 2022
Sunday’s contest was also the lowest-scoring game of the 2022 season and the first that…