David Posey's 24-yard field goal with 2:30 to play, following a controversial personal foul call that helped a New England drive, gave the Patroits a 19-17 victory yesterday over the New York Jets in a game in which Jet quarterback Richard Todd was lost for the season.
Todd, starting for the first time after missing seven weeks with a broken collarbone, broke the bone for the second time yesterday and will be out for the remainder of the year.
Todd, who suffered the previous injury against Washington Sept. 24, was hurt on the final play of the third period when he was tackled following a quarterback draw play.
Todd, who was 25 yesterday, left the stadium with his arm in a sling. He completed seven of 13 passes for 52 yards but was intercepted three times.
"I came the play myself - it was a running play, not a pass," said Todd.
Early in the fourth quarter, Todd's replacement Matt Robinson, teamed with Wesley Walker on a 56-yeard touchdown pass play
But the Patriots, guided by Steve Grogan, moved steadily down the field from their own 23 to the New York 40.
Then, Grogan's pass to a wide-open Harold Jackson was dropped at the New York 15 - but Burgess Owens, New York's free safety, bumped Jackson after the play and side Judge Dick Creed called a personal foul. That gave New England a first down at the 25 and seven plays later, Posey kicked his game-winner.
Robinson's passing gave the Jets one last scoring opportunity, but Pat Leahy's 24-yard field goal with 31 seconds to play sailed wide to the left."
Horace Ivory scored both New England touchdowns from one and 11 yards out. The second, coming at 2:19 of the fourth period, put New England on top, 16-10. The extra point attempt by Posey, who had kicked a 47-yard field goal in the second period, was blocked.