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.
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