Jets lose to Patriots after a controversial replay review changed a touchdown into a turnover

The New York Jets had a tough loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

After the Jets jumped out to a 14-0 lead to start the game, they fell behind and were looking to mount a comeback.

In the fourth quarter, Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins thought he had brought New York within striking distance, scoring a touchdown to bring the score to 24-21. But when the touchdown went to review, the referees came back with a confusing ruling — no touchdown, Patriots ball.

See a breakdown of the play: 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets runs the ball for what was originally called a touchdown against strong safety Duron Harmon #30 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was reversed and called a fumble. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets runs the ball for what was originally called a touchdown against strong safety Duron Harmon #30 and cornerback Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was reversed and called a fumble. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets runs the ball for what was originally called a touchdown against strong safety Duron Harmon #30 and cornerback Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was reversed and called a fumble. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets runs the ball for what was originally called a touchdown against strong safety Duron Harmon #30 and cornerback Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was reversed and called a fumble. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) looses control of the ball on the 4 yard touchdown pass during the NY Jets vs New England Patriots NFL football game on October 15, 2017 at Met-Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Alan Schaefer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) appears to regain control of the ball, the replay review would reverse the on field call of a touchdown during the NY Jets vs New England Patriots NFL football game on October 15, 2017 at Met-Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Alan Schaefer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets is seen after what was originally called a touchdown against strong safety Duron Harmon #30 and cornerback Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was reversed and called a fumble. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets is seen after what was originally called a touchdown against strong safety Duron Harmon #30 and cornerback Malcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane ruling, and the play was reversed and called a fumble. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The play was overturned when the officials determined Seferian-Jenkins lost control of the ball before he crossed the goal line and didn't recover possession until he was out of bounds in the end zone. It was determined that he had essentially fumbled the ball out of the end zone, which by rule is a turnover and a touchback for the defense.

Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts, the commentators calling the game, were baffled. "One of the worst calls I've ever seen," Fouts said. "Paralysis by analysis," Eagle called it.

You can watch the play below and judge for yourself.

 

 

The call would turn out to have pretty big implications. The Jets would hold the Patriots again, and had the touchdown initially stood, would have needed just a field goal to tie the game.

 

"Strangest decision with no real visual evidence that it wasn't a touchdown," said Fouts as the Patriots knelt to end the game.

 

Frustrated football fans on Twitter were equally exasperated with the call.

 

 

The Patriots ended up winning the game 24-17, and with the win took sole possession of first place in the AFC East for the first time this season. 

 

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