Rob Ninkovich knocked the ball out of Mark Sanchez's hand in overtime and lifted the New England Patriots into sole possession of first place in the AFC East.
The undersized defensive end got around right tackle Austin Howard and hit Sanchez high while Jermaine Cunningham got him low for a sack, sealing a 29-26 overtime victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
New England had gone ahead on Stephen Gostkowski's 48-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime. With the Jets trying to drive for at least a tying field goal, the ball came loose from Sanchez's hand, Ninkovich pounced on it and Patriots coach Bill Belichick went out and patted Ninkovich on the helmet.
After a required replay, the ruling was upheld and the Patriots escaped with a win after blowing a 10-point lead in the last six minutes of the fourth quarter.
The day started with all four teams in the AFC East tied at 3-3, but the Patriots (4-3) edged the Jets (3-4) and the Buffalo Bills lost, while ...