EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan fell just short in what could be his last home game as coach of the New York Jets.Nick Folk’s potential go-ahead 52-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Vince Wilfork, and the New England Patriots slipped past the Jets for a 17-16 win on Dec. 21.Ryan’s future with the team is uncertain in his sixth season. New York will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year, and Ryan and General Manager John Idzik have come under heavy criticism by fans who have urged owner Woody Johnson to make changes.“This was another game that I thought we had a heck of a chance to win against New England,” Ryan said. “That’s been the story probably the last four out of five times we played them.”Several fans waved yellow “penalty towels” at MetLife Stadium with the words “Fire Idzik!” printed in green. This latest loss certainly didn’t make the Jets’ faithful — or Ryan and Idzik — feel any better about their situation.“Today being our last home game of the season, obviously we wanted to leave our fans with a good taste in their mouths and go out on a good note,” Jets quarterback Geno Smith said.“But we fell short today and I feel bad. I feel terrible. When you put your heart out there, when you play as hard as you can, you want to come away with a victory and be fulfilled.”The Jets (3-12) finish the season next week at Miami.The Patriots (12-3) earned a first-round bye and could clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs if Cincinnati beats Denver on Dec. 22.Marcus Williams’ first NFL interception put the Jets in position to go ahead when Tom Brady’s pass tipped off Brandon LaFell and into his hands. But Dont’a Hightower sacked Smith on third-and-4 for a 10-yard loss, setting up Folk’s long attempt.“That’s something you learn from,” Ryan said. “You can’t take a sack there no matter who is in your face. Get rid of the football.”After Folk’s miss, Brady and the Patriots were then able to run out the clock for the win, sealed by Brandon Bolden’s 17-yard run on third down with just under 2 minutes left.“(There were) a lot of key plays at the end,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “Our players came through on one right after the other.”Brady finished 23 of 35 for 182 yards, a modest showing while playing without wide receiver Julian Edelman (concussion) and running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder).Jonas Gray scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter after New England intercepted Smith.The Jets quarterback was 17-for-27 for 210 yards with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland. But with the Jets leading 13-10 late in the third quarter, Smith’s pass for Jace Amaro hung in the air for an easy interception by Jamie Collins.Gray squeaked into the end zone up the middle — a video review stood after Ryan insisted on the sideline that the running back’s knee might have been down — to give the Patriots a 17-13 lead with 13:51 remaining.The Jets then got into Patriots territory but stalled in the red zone — a common problem this season. They had to settle for a 37-yarder by Folk with 7:53 left that made it a one-point deficit at 17-16.(SIMMI BUTTAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
The video assistant referee (VAR) was introduced to help the match officials and minimise controversies at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But the system has had a complete opposite impact as it led to the biggest controversy so far of the ongoing tournament on Monday.VAR’s decision to give Iran a penalty in the stoppage time against Portugal and to award Ronaldo just a yellow card after he appeared to have strike an Iranian player were the highlights of the controversies that erupted last night.The Iran vs Portugal game in particular turned into quite a heated contest because of VAR. The first incident took place in the 50th minute of the game when Ronaldo collided with a defender in the box. Initially the referee asked the forward to get up but later after consulting VAR, the penalty was awarded. It’s another case that Ronaldo’s penalty was saved by Alireza Beiranvand.In the 81st minute, Ronaldo was involved in an altercation with Morteza Pouraliganji. TV replays showed that the Real Madrid star had hit Morteza with his elbow, a red card offence, but the referee after reviewing the decision only gave a yellow.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIran coach Carlos Queiroz was certainly not a happy man after the match as Iran were knocked out of the tournament after playing out a draw against Portugal..”An elbow is a red card. The rules do not say what if it is Ronaldo or Messi. It is a red card. The decisions must be clear,” Queiroz said.advertisementAnyone other than Ronaldo wouldve walked for violent conduct but FIFAs VAR turns a blind eye.Jim Beglin (@jimbeglin) June 25, 2018So if Ronaldo didnt touch him why yellow?! Its either an elbow (red) or nothing…..not sure how the yellow plays a part. #WorldCupTaylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) June 25, 2018The most contentious decision was the penalty given to Iran in the stoppage time. Sardar Azmoun hit the hand of Cedric Soares from a close range and the defender didn’t have enough time to get his hand out of the way. However, referee awarded a penalty after he consulted VAR. Karim Ansarifard stepped up and converted his spot kick.FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe shocked Portugal somehow managed to hold onto a draw as they progressed to the knockouts.The Spain vs Morocco wasn’t untouched as Spain defender Gerard Pique survived a straight red card for a two-footed tackle against Morocco on Monday.Spain top Group B, Portugal 2nd as VAR sparks fightIn the ninth minute of their 2-2 draw, Pique went in for a challenge on Morocco’s Khalid Boutaib with all studs showing but somehow managed to get minimal contact with the Moroccan.Forget red, the Barcelona defender also escaped a yellow card. The important question was why didn’t VAR intervene?Morocco who were leading 2-1 conceded in the 91st minutes as Iagao Aspas scored to help Spain finish top of the group.The striker scored with a clever flick in the injury time but it was given an offside. However, the decision was reversed after VAR consultation.Amrabat about #VAR pic.twitter.com/GFCkty7w6kSyed Muhammad Khairi (@smkhairi87) June 25, 2018Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat made it pretty clear what he thinks of VAR after the match. When the cameras focused on the player, Amrabat gestured a box sign, usually made by referees for VAR, and uttered “bull****” at the camera.