Jets control playoff fate after overtime win over Pats

The New York Jets (10-5) kept their playoff hopes alive in exhilarating fashion on Sunday, knocking off the rival New England Patriots (12-3) in a 26-20 overtime win at the Meadowlands. Here's what you need to know:

  1. This game likely will be remembered for one puzzling strategic decision by the Patriots. After winning the overtime coin toss, Pats special teams ace Matthew Slaterelected for New England to kick. Slater looked confused moments after making the call, but the Patriots said after the game that the decision to kick was made purposefully. It was a questionable strategy for several reasons, and the worst-case scenario played out: The Jets took the ball and marched down the field for the game-ending touchdown while Tom Brady watched helplessly from the sideline.
  1. Fitzmagic is real. Ryan Fitzpatrick continued his dream season for the Jets, throwing for 296 yards and three touchdowns without a pick. The journeyman quarterback was at his best in overtime, going 3 of 3 for 74 yards and the decisive touchdown. The game-winner to Eric Decker -- on a perfectly placed end-zone fade -- was set up by a 48-yard connection with Quincy Enunwa (who atoned for a killer drop late in the fourth quarter) and a 20-yard completion to catch-machine Brandon Marshall. Bottom line: Fitzpatrick outplayed Brady in a Border War showdown in late December. Who saw that coming?
  1. The Patriots edged the Jets in October with a pass-saturated attack that featured Brady throwing on 57 of 66 plays. The Pats had more balance on offense this time, but it might not have been the right play. New England ran the ball 22 times, gaining just 2.9 yards per rush. The Jets continue to show they have one of the best defensive fronts in football.
  1. Before the coin toss drama, the Patriots appeared to have the Jets on the ropes. In New England's final drive of the fourth quarter (and the game, as it turned out), Brady and Rob Gronkowski converted two fourth downs before Brady hooked up with a wide open James White to tie the score at 20 with less than two minutes to play. The Patriots' defense was also peaking in the fourth, shutting down the Jets in each of their final three possessions. The Jets led this game 17-3 at one point.
  1. Brandon Marshall is having the season of his life. The veteran wide receiver -- acquired from the Bears for peanuts back in March -- made up for a rough performance in the first meeting between these rivals with eight catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Marshall broke Al Toon's team record for receptions during the contest and is now the first wide receiver in NFL history to have six different seasons with at least 100 receptions. If Marshall isn't an All-Pro this season, something is wrong.
  1. The injuries keep piling up for the Patriots. Left tackle Sebastian Vollmer -- who was moved from right tackle when Nate Solder suffered a season-ending injury -- was carted off the field in the first quarter with a potentially serious leg injury. LaAdrian Waddle, claimed off waivers two weeks ago, replaced Vollmer until he, too, left the game with an injury. The day ended with Brady's blindside being protected by fourth-stringer Cameron Fleming.
  1. The Jets' win, coupled with a Steelersloss in Baltimore, gives New York control of its playoff destiny. If the Jets beat Rex Ryan in Buffalo next week, they're in. The Patriots missed an opportunity to lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC. New England can still claim home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs if they win in Miami next week.
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