EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Jets made several inexcusable mistakes as they collapsed and lost to the Packers, 44-38, on Sunday.
But the referees didn’t do them any favors. And coach Todd Bowles made it clear that he wasn’t happy with several questionable late-game calls.
“We can’t play two teams,” Bowles said. “It was one of those games. I haven’t seen one like that in my 18, 19 years in the league. … I thought we were playing two teams — I thought we were playing the Packers and the striped shirts.”
The Jets were flagged for 16 penalties for a total of 172 yards in the loss.
Bowles, who was visibly angry after the Jets blew their third fourth-quarter lead in the last four games, doesn’t usually criticize the officiating. But in the aftermath of Sunday’s game, the embattled coach let loose
“That’s how bad it was,” Bowles said. “I’m sure I’m getting fined already, so I care not to even say anymore. But something’s got to be done about that. That’s ridiculous.”
The Jets were called for three penalties in overtime — when Aaron Rodgers led the Packers on the game winning drive — and three more on a Green Bay fourth-quarter scoring drive that pulled the Packers within one possession.
They were also called for a penalty on a two-point conversion late in regulation in which Rodgers threw an interception on a two point conversion that was returned by Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts for a touchdown. That would have been a game-winning two-point conversion for the Jets. But it was called back for holding.
One of the most questionable calls was a pass interference in overtime, when cornerback Trumaine Johnson was flagged while defending receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling. It appeared that both players were jockeying for position and shoving each other, but Johnson was flagged for the penalty.
“I thought it was a bad call as I did quite a few other calls.”
We don’t know how Johnson felt about the call. The man who signed a five-year, $72.5 million deal as a free agent in March blew past reporters without taking questions, leaving his teammates to answer questions about the call and another fourth-quarter meltdown.
One call Bowles didn’t have a problem with: Leonard Williams’ ejection in the second quarter for throwing a punch at Packers offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga.
“You can’t throw a punch, obviously,” Bowles said.