Sunday's Jets-Patriots game drew tons of attention because of a late flag on New England for unnecessary roughness under a rule that changed before the 2013 season. The Pats were essentially utilizing a loophole that they believed allowed someone to drop off the line of scrimmage and push a teammate forward. But officials were apparently on high alert for such a move.
According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, NFL officials had been reviewing tape of such plays after the Dolphins complained to the league that the Ravens violated the rule at the end of their Week 5 victory in Miami.
On the next-to-last play of that game, Dolphins rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis missed a 57-yard field goal left (although not everyone realized it at the time ... ahem, Snowflake), you can see Chris Canty shove Arthur Jones into the line, a clear violation of the rule. Watch the play here.
This shot makes it quite obvious:
And for those that care about such things, here's Canty starting out on the line of scrimmage, the same way Patriots rookie Chris Jones did.
The Ravens should've been flagged for unnecessary roughness and the Dolphins should've received an extra field goal attempt from 42 yards.
As a result of Miami sending in the tape, Breer reports, NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandindo sent out a training tape to officials. Such notice likely resulted in the Patriots getting tagged for the penalty that ultimately cost them the game against the Jets.