These two words will endure in the annals of the New England Patriots: “butt fumble.”
ESPN’s Mike Reiss on Tuesday named the Patriots’ Nov. 22, 2012 win over the New York Jets as New England’s most-memorable Thanksgiving game. While most fans will remember the 49-19 result — a rout of an AFC East rival in front of a national audience — on its own merits, one play cements the game as the reigning champion.
“The Butt Fumble,” Reiss wrote. “Does any more need to be said? A dominant performance at the Meadowlands was highlighted by a single play — Jets QB Mark Sanchez losing the football after running into the butt of his own offensive lineman who had been thrust back and the Patriots scoring on the recovery — that remains famous to this day.”
Well put, Reiss.
The Patriots won’t play this Thanksgiving. Perhaps they’ll enjoy a little break from their preparations for Sunday’s Week 12 showdown with the Tennessee Titans.