Jets wide receiver calls teammate's controversial turnover against the Patriots 'a BS call'

The New York Jets' loss to the New England Patriots was even more frustrating for the Jets and their fans than most losses.

With eight minutes left in the game, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins thought he had found the end zone for a score that would bring the Jets within a field goal of the Patriots. The play was called a touchdown on the field, and because it was a scoring play, it was automatically reviewed.

The referee came back with what was the worst possible scenario for the Jets — the touchdown was called off and the ball was given to the Patriots. It was determined that Seferian-Jenkins lost control of the ball before crossing the goal line and did not recover possession of the ball until he was out of bounds. The play was ruled a touchback and the Patriots took over with the ball and a ten-point lead.

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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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After the game, the Jets had some harsh words for the decision.

"I'm pretty sure everybody is going to look back and say that was a B.S. call," said wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.

"For most of us, the last thing on our mind was a touchback," cornerback Morris Claiborne said. "I thought at least it would [be] down on the one [-yard line] and we'd still have the ball and still have a chance to score a touchdown."

Seferian-Jenkins was even-keeled about the call given the unfortunate circumstances.

"I don't think it does any good to blast the officials or blast the rule. The rule is the rule. It is what it is. I have to do a better job of ball security. I feel like I let my team down."

While the call would not have given the Jets the lead, it was a game-changing play that took all the wind out of the sails of the New York team that was just beginning to build some momentum again. Had the play stood, the Jets would've needed just one stop and a field goal to force overtime. Instead, Tom Brady had the ball with a ten-point lead looking to kill some clock.

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DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 15: Defensive end Derek Wolfe #95 of the Denver Broncos is introduced to the crowd before a game against the New York Giants at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 15, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 15: Wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas #13 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates a touchdown with teammate Demarcus Robinson #14 during the fourth quarter of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. ( Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images )
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 15: Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons stretches for a touchdown against Kiko Alonso #47 and Nate Allen #29 of the Miami Dolphins at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 15: D.J. Hayden #31 of the Detroit Lions forces Ted Ginn #19 of the New Orleans Saints out of bounds during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the New York Jets is seen fumbling the ball 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)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 15: Wide Receiver Michael Campanaro #12 of the Baltimore Ravens returns a punt for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at M&T Bank Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 15: Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints breaks up a pass thrown to Golden Tate #15 of the Detroit Lions at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Lions 52-38. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 15: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is upended by linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis #57 of the Kansas City Chiefs after a catch over the middle during the second half of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. ( Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images )
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 15: Braxton Miller #13 of the Houston Texans dives into the endzone for a touchdown in the second quarter defended by Jamar Taylor #21 of the Cleveland Browns at NRG Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 15: The New Orleans Saints defense celebrates during the second half of a game against the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 15: Seth DeValve #87 of the Cleveland Browns catches a pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter defended by Marcus Gilchrist #21 of the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Oct 15, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) hurdles over Oakland Raiders free safety Reggie Nelson (27) and strong safety Karl Joseph (42) during the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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As Mike Florio noted, the decision was probably called correctly, the problem is that the rule itself is unfair. Had Seferian-Jenkins fumbled out of bounds inches short of the end zone, the Jets would have had first and goal going in. Instead, because the ball technically went out of bounds at the goal line, possession changed hands. While you can debate whether or not there was "clear and obvious" evidence of the ball being loose before crossing the line, it was most likely that this was the correct application of one bummer of a rule.

The Jets lost 24-17, ending their unlikely run of three straight victories and giving the Patriots sole possession of first place in the AFC East for the first time this season. New York will have the chance to bounce back next Sunday, when they travel to Miami to take on Jay Cutler and the Dolphins.

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