Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ryan Believes Jets Were Better

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ryan Believes Jets Were Better

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Call the New York Jets whatever you want. Coach Rex Ryan doesn't care.

Some say lucky. Others say good. Or, maybe, it's a little of both.

One thing Ryan insists is this: The Jets were the better team Sunday -- whether or not they benefited from a newly instituted penalty call in a 30-27 overtime victory against the New England Patriots.

"I think the focus, it's going to be wherever you guys want it to be," Ryan said Monday at a conference call. "But I think we outplayed New England. I think that's why we won the game."

Ryan wouldn't discuss what he told his players going into the game, but he never doubted that the Jets could pull off the stunning win.

"I will say this, and I've said it before: We fear nobody," Ryan said. "I mean nobody. What that means win-loss, I don't know.

"But we literally fear nobody."

That was clear when the Jets stormed back from a 21-10 halftime deficit to take a 27-21 lead in the third quarter.

It was also evident when Ryan took a big gamble by going for a 56- yard field goal in overtime that, if missed, would have given Tom Brady and the Patriots excellent field position.

Turns out, it was missed by Nick Folk, but it was negated by a rare and controversial 15-yard pushing penalty on the Patriots that gave the Jets new life.

The topic of the day, however, was the penalty, which had been called for the first time in an NFL game after New England's Chris Jones appeared to push teammate Will Svitek into the Jets' Damon Harrison.

"Was it an appropriate call?" Ryan said. "Yes."

It was a violation of a little-known rule change for this season that states an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will be called for pushing a teammate "into the opponents' formation."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick acknowledged Monday that he had made a mistake in interpreting it after insisting after the game his team had done nothing wrong.


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