Belichick stands by kicking off to start OT

Author: the associated press
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Bill Belichick stood by his decision Monday to kick off to start Sunday’s overtime in New Jersey.

The New York Jets scored quickly to win 26-20 and boost their playoff hopes. The loss deprived the Patriots of clinching the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

After the Patriots rallied to tie in the closing minutes, Belichick instructed special teams captain Matthew Slater to say his team wanted to kick off if it won the coin toss. Slater seemed confused as to which way the Patriots would kick, but Belichick said Monday that didn’t matter because there was little or no wind.

The Jets marched right downfield and won on Eric Decker’s 6-yard touchdown catch, leaving New England having to go all out in the season finale at Miami to clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

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