In a videotape issued to the NFL's head coaches this week, the league admitted that both the Jets and Patriots were guilty of push penalties in last week's 30-27 win by the Jets.
Of course, only the violation called in overtime on Patriots defensive lineman Chris Jones was penalized. ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted on Sunday that the league admitted to missing the Jets perform a similarly illegal maneuver.
NFL sent videotape to all 32 HCs this week, warning it will work with officials to call more push penalties like the one from NYJ-NE game.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2013
Umpire Tony Michalek, who called penalty on Pats, did not call it on Jets, even though NFL admitted in HC video that both were violations.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2013
When Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski lined up a potentially game-tying 44-yard field goal at the end of regulation, it appeared as though one member of the Jets pushed a teammate into the Patriots line in order to try to block the kick.
With officials keeping a closer eye on those types of penalties, and with so much attention being paid to last week's ruling over the course of this past week, expect the "push" tactic to be all but eradicated in games this weekend.