FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Folk hero? Not this time.
Nick Folk kicked four field goals for the Jets against the Patriots Thursday night. But his 58-yard attempt as time ran out was blocked by a familiar foe as the Jets lost a heartbreaker, 27-25.
Folk's low kick was blocked by defensive lineman Chris Jones -- the same player who last Oct. 20 was called for an illegal pushing penalty on a missed 56-yard field-goal attempt by Folk in overtime. Folk later converted a 42-yarder to give the Jets a 30-27 victory.
"Real happy for Chris," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "After what happened last year, I thought it was so fitting that he made that play."
It was devastating for the Jets, who fell to 1-6.
"You've got to get in there and you've got to make sure you have enough to get it there," said Folk, whose career-high boot is 56 yards. "I just tried to give it enough to get it there."
In the first half, Folk hit from 22, 47, 46 and 27 yards for the Jets' points as they trailed 17-12.
A pair of second-half touchdowns brought the Jets to within 27-25 with 2:31 left, but Geno Smith's potential tying two-point conversion attempt sailed over the right hand of rookie tight end Jace Amaro.
Still, the Jets had a chance to pull off the massive upset. Smith got them to New England's 40-yard line with five seconds left. Then it was Folk from 58 for the win.
Too far? No, said Folk.
"I wouldn't have told them I could make it from there if I didn't think I could make it," Folk said. "I told them my line was the 40. That's where they got it. I gave it a ride. I felt like I hit it pretty good."
Jones hit it even better with his left hand.
"It feels good," he said. "That was last year and it's just good to get a win this year."
Belichick said blocking field goals is something the Patriots work on -- without the illegal pushing these days, of course.
"There's a lot of technique," he said. "Those guys work hard at it. They work hard every week."
Of all the Jets, Folk may be the best at his position. He's kicked plenty of game-winners in his time with the team.
Not this time.
"I felt pretty confident after the first four," he said. "Just a bummer."