Does the clock operator at Gillette Stadium deserve credit for the New England Patriots' late comeback against the New York Jets on Sunday night?
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That's what some Gang Green conspiracy theorists seem to believe when it comes to Devin McCourty's late fumble that set up New York's go-ahead score.
Here's what happened: McCourty received Nick Folk's kickoff on the goal line with 2:06 remaining, but the first second didn't tick off until McCourty already was at the 5-yard line. He coughed up the ball at the 14 with 2:04 remaining. The clock was stopped at 2:01 after Antonio Allen's recovery at the Patriots' 18.
That was more than enough time for Brady, who quickly marched the Patriots into Jets territory to set up a game-tying field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. The Patriots emerged with a 29-26 win, thanks to another Gostkowski kick in overtime.
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The NFL reviewed the play and determined there was no clock-operator error, a league spokesman said Monday, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.
What do you think? A desperate theory concocted by a crushed fan base? Or did the Patriots get the advantage of some home cooking in a big spot?
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