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It Was Chung’s Call on the Fake Punt

In the second quarter of their loss to the Jets, the Patriots faced a fourth and 4 at their own 38 yard line. Patrick Chung fumbled a direct snap and the Patriots turned the ball over to the Jets.

According to Jennifer Toland of the Telegram of Worcester, MA, Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko said Patrick Chung, who fumbled the snap and lost a yard, called the play based on the Patriots having an eight-on-six advantage in the box.

“We trust the decision Patrick makes,” Mesko said. “It just didn’t work out on that particular occasion. The coaches trust him to run it and that’s why they give him the green light if he has it.”

“We just made a bad mistake on the play,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “Just a bad mistake.”

Chung declined to talk after the game.

“(If it works out) you’re called smart,” Mesko said. “You never know, you could go into the half with great momentum with the lead. We could have marched down the field if we had converted it.”


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