New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater made a, let’s say questionable, decision during the overtime coin toss at their game against the New York Jets on December 27 that may have just let the Jets win. What happened?
With the score of the Patriots vs. Jets game on Sunday, December 27 tied 20-20 at the end of regulation, Patriots’ wide receiver Matthew Slater correctly called heads in the coin toss. But after that Matthew declared that his team wanted to kick first, allowing the Jets to be the first team to receive, and ultimately win. Oh no!
Now, if the Patriots had been the first to receive the ball, instead of kicking, they could have simply scored a touchdown in the first down during overtime and won the game. But because the Jets had the chance to get their hands on the ball first, they scored a six-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Eric Decker to win the game.
Here is the transcript of the coin toss at MetLife. Seems like Slater just made a mistake. Game-changer. pic.twitter.com/ajuyE0u2Ml
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 27, 2015
During the coin toss, Matthew seemed extremely confused about the outcome, and argued with the referee about the decision. In the aftermath of the confusing move, post-Jets win, Matthew explained that legendary Patriots coach Bill Belichick told him to choose to kick. Bill confirmed this; he had ordered this unusual play once before, in 2013, and it worked out perfectly.
Because of this win, the Jets are now 10-5, and could secure a spot in the playoffs if they win their game on January 3 against the Buffalo Bills. These two teams have a massive rivalry, and this battle is bound to be even more brutal than what just happened during Patriots’ overtime. Game on!
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked by Matthew’s coin toss call? And were you rooting for the Patriots or the Jets? Tell us in the comments!