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The New York Jets always have a tough time beating quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, as their AFC East rivals have had their number for most of the 21st century.

However, they were hanging tough against the Pats on Sunday afternoon, taking a 14-0 lead and giving coach Bill Belichick's squad plenty of trouble.

But, with the Jets trailing 24-14, the referees made a baffling decision that severely hampered New York's comeback attempt, taking a touchdown off the board.

As you can see in the video below, Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins makes a catch and dives toward the pylon, rolling over it. However, because he bobbled the ball, the refs ruled that he didn't have control as he went through the end zone and ruled it a touchback for the Pats:

Naturally, that call didn't go over well for the Jets and their fans, especially as the overruled touchdown was the deciding factor in New York's 24-17 loss to their heated rivals.

After the game, Seferian-Jenkins didn't want to discuss what he thought about the refs, telling ESPN.com that, at the end of the day, it's up to him to make sure there's no doubt as to whether he scored a touchdown or not:

"I feel like I scored," he said. "But at the end of the day, that's what the ref called. I'm going to go with what the ref said, and I have to have better ball security.

"I don't think it does any good to blast the officials or blast the rule ... The rule is the rule. It is what it is. I have to do a better job of ball security. ... I feel like I let my team down."

Seferian-Jenkins had eight catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's game, but he'll only be thinking about the second touchdown that could have been heading forward.

New England Patriots v New York Jets

Referee Tony Corrente tried to explain the decision to overrule the touchdown, saying his crew felt Seferian-Jenkins never fully regained control of the ball after bobbling it.

"He lost the ball," Corrente said. "It came out of his control as he was almost to the ground. Now he regrasps the ball, and by rule, now he has to complete the process of a recovery, which means he has to survive the ground again.

"Now he's out of bounds in the end zone, which now created a touchback."

Either way, the Jets are now 3-3 and have a devastating loss to a rival on their resume. Now, the Pats are 4-2 and in first place in the AFC East.

New England Patriots v New York Jets

Naturally, Jets fans (and even some media members) were irate over the call, taking to Twitter to express their frustrations:

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