There's no love lost between the New England Patriots and New York Jets, so Rex Ryan's isn't hiding the fact that he's thrilled to finish on the winning side of things on Sunday. After capturing an exhilarating 30-27 overtime triumph over Tom Brady and company, the Jets' head man admitted that he's savoring a victory over one of the league's best.
"It's always satisfying to beat him," said Ryan of besting Brady. "It's always hard. It's only the fourth time we've beaten him since I've been here, and it's my fifth year. The numbers aren't very good. We're 1-1 this year with this team. It's a tough team to beat. They're a smart, very disciplined football team that is well coached. We just found a way."
New York had lost its prior five regular season meetings with New England including a narrow 13-10 loss in Week 2 at Foxborough. The Jets bounced back in a big way on Sunday and benefited from a costly mistake by a Patriots' rookie in overtime.
First year linebacker Chris Jones was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing teammate Will Svitek into the Jets offensive formation which negated Nick Folk's missed 56-yard field goal attempt and gave Gang Green second life. The player teammates nicknamed "Folk Hero" would come through four plays later as his 44-yarder split the uprights and lifted the Jets a win.
"I was fairly happy about it, thus my reaction," quipped Ryan about the call. "But I was like, ‘You know what? It's about time we got a break (joking) (laughter).' That's really what I was thinking. It just worked out."
Much to the dismay of Bill Belichick, Ryan's unit capitalized on the boneheaded penalty and captured its fourth win of the season to stay within striking distance of the Patriots in the division. With lady luck on his side, Ryan reflected on the game changing call.
"I saw it right away, but I was saying, ‘Oh, please be on them, please be on them, please be on them', joked Ryan. "I think my reaction was just like our fans because I think I heard the whole stadium saying, ‘Please be on them, please be on them.' That was everybody's reaction."