FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For the second time in six games, New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall(Brandon Marshall Jersey) issued a postgame mea culpa on social media, scolding himself Sunday for critical mistakes in his team’s second defeat.
Marshall dropped a would-be touchdown in the fourth quarter and committed a game-ending penalty in the Jets’ 30-23 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
The Jets could’ve taken an eight-point lead with 12:50 remaining in the game, but Marshall dropped a 12-yard pass on third down in the end zone.
They settled for a field goal and a 20-16 lead, squandering four points.
“Absolutely, that’s all on me,” Marshall told reporters. “If I make that play, it puts us in a better position. I didn’t make the play and it put our team in a bad situation. You have to make those plays in games like this, so it’s all on me. It will definitely be my fuel this week to get better.”
Coach Todd Bowles went easy on Marshall.
“It would’ve been a tough catch if he made it,” Bowles said. “He’s capable of making those catches, but he just didn’t come down with it.”
In the Jets’ previous loss, Week 3 to the Philadelphia Eagles, Marshall hurt the team with what he called “probably the worst play in NFL history.” He took to Twitter, vowing to fans it never would happen again.
Marshall, who entered Sunday with four straight 100-yard receiving days, ended the game with a false-start penalty. Down by seven after recovering an onside kick, Ryan Fitzpatrick completed a pass over the middle to Eric Decker — a curious play choice, considering the Jets had no timeouts left.
With the clock ticking, Fitzpatrick spiked the ball with one second left at the Patriots’ 37, thinking they’d try a Hail Mary. But a flag was thrown because Marshall failed to get set at the line. With a 10-second runoff, the game was over.
Marshall said there was a miscommunication with the inside receiver on who would be on the line of scrimmage and who would be off.
“I should have done a better job of trying to figure that out faster,” he said. “That’s on me.”