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Devin McCourty's fumble nearly lost the game for the Patriots on Sunday night, but it was Rob Ninkovich's fumble that instead secured it as a win. After the Patriots kicked a go-ahead field goal at the start of overtime, a battered and bruised Patriots defense took the field to try and close out the victory. The defense answered the call, but it was Ninkovich who ultimately sealed things up. A few plays after stuffing running back Joe McKnight for a two-yard loss, Ninkovich stepped up and made the biggest play of the day for New England. With the Jets driving into Patriots territory, looking for the game-winner in overtime, the defensive pressure was able to force quarterback Mark Sanchez out of the pocket.  That's when Ninkovich and fellow defensive lineman Jermaine Cunningham brought the heat, combining on a strip-sack that would see the ball tumble back to the New York 25-yard line before Ninkovich finally jumped on the opportunity -...

"Rob Ninkovich’s forced fumble on Mark Sanchez in overtime was his fourth of the season. Only..."

“Rob Ninkovich’s forced fumble on Mark Sanchez in overtime was his fourth of the season....

nerd4strife: Rob Ninkovich’s game winning play.

nerd4strife: Rob Ninkovich’s game winning play.

Rob Ninkovich dubbed the Jet Killer by Belichick

ESPNBoston, Mike ReissIn a celebratory postgame locker room, Bill Belichick referred to defensive end/linebacker Rob Ninkovich as the "Jet Killer" because he once again came up big against the Jets. Ninkovich had two interceptions in a game against the Jets last season, and one thing that stood out from watching him Sunday -- when he came up big on the final play of overtime...

Week 7 Risers and Fallers: Ninkovich comes up clutch in Overtime Victory

For the fourth time in just seven games, the Patriots nearly blew another fourth-quarter lead. And for the first time all season, the team found a way to close in crunch time. As ugly as it could have been, Tom Brady made sure the Pats avoided their fourth loss of the season and their place atop the AFC East. After struggling to get anything going in the fourth quarter...

Belichick breaks down Rob Ninkovich's game clinching sack and fumble recovery

Rob Ninkovich made arguably the defensive play of the season, when he and fellow New England Patriot defender Jemaine Cunningham combined to bring down NY Jets QB Mark Sanchez, forcing a game ending overtime fumble in the process. Today, head coach Bill Belichick spoke about the game clinching play.Belichick and Ninkovich celebrate"It’s something that we talk about and work...

Jim Nantz Thought Jets Beat Patriots Following Overtime Challenged Fumble Stood (Video)

Jim Nantz had a "senior moment" in the booth in the waning moments of the Patriots win over the Jets. CBS's lead play-by-play man was convinced that the Jets had beat the Patriots on Sunday night after Rob Ninkovich strip sacked Mark Sanchez to clinch the game for New England. The usually flawless Nantz declared that it was a "stunner" and...

Devin McCourty's All-or-Nothing Results Are Symbolic of Patriots' Struggles This Season

First quarter: Devin McCourty returns a kick, slips past the coverage and hoofs it 104 yards to put the Patriots on the board and tie the Jets, 7-7. Fourth quarter: McCourty fumbles a kick, loses the ball deep in New England territory and sets the Patriots up for a late loss. After games: Coach Bill Belichick praises McCourty and tells him he's a solid part...

Patriots come through in overtime

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...

Devin McCourty returns kick 104 yards for TD

After allowing an opening drive TD to the Jets, the Patriots pulled even when Devin McCourty returned a kickoff 104 yards to the house against the Jets top-rated special teams kick coverage. Check out the video:

Devin McCourty's Switch to Safety Could Finally Tie the Patriots' Struggling Secondary Together

Even after nearly fumbling the game away for the Patriots, Devin McCourty still earned rare praise from Bill Belichick. Injuries to starting safeties Patrick Chung and Steve Gregory thrust McCourty into a starting spot at free safety on Sunday against the Jets, a role he played late last season after multiple players tried -- and failed -- to grasp the position...

Patriots comeback to erase blown lead against the Jets 29-26

The Patriots escaped another devastating loss by coming back and beating the New York Jets 29-26 in overtime. The Patriots blew a ten point lead with under 6 minutes left, and we’re down a field goal with only a minute and forty two seconds left after Devin McCourty’s lost fumble on a kick return.If there is anything good to come away from this game it’s the fact that Tom Brady...

Devin McCourty Has a Mixed Day

Patriots return man's day goes from great to horrible.

Patriots may have gotten help from clock operator in win over Jets

The New England Patriots may have gotten some assistance from the Gillette Stadium clock operator during their win over the New York Jets on Sunday. On the ensuing kickoff after the Jets took a 26-23 lead with just over two minutes remaining, kick returner Devin McCourty appeared to take about seven strides before the clock began ticking from 2:06.  The clock also appeared to stop...

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots: Hero and Zero of the Game

The New England Patriots outplayed the New York Jets in the first half, jumping out to a 16-10 lead. In the third quarter, that lead was extended to 23-13. But then the Patriot offense stalled and the defense continued to sacrifice yards to the Jet offense. Leaving themselves in a situation where the offense simply had to work the ball up the field to run down the clock and ice it...

Patriots Suffer Worst Win of Brady/Belichick Era, Sox Get Their Man

The Patriots did manage to win the football game yesterday, though it surely won’t seem like it for much of this week, as once again they couldn’t hold onto a fourth quarter lead, and instead appeared to hand the game to the New York Jets when Devin McCourty fumbled a kickoff return with two minutes remaining. The Patriots managed to rally, getting a game-tying field goal from...
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