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Patriots Notebook

Stephen Gostkowski reflects on clutch kicks

FOXBOROUGH — After reviewing the play, the only minor drawback for Stephen Gostkowski Sunday was the new overtime rules implemented by the NFL. They cost him the opportunity to celebrate what in years past would have been a game-winning field goal.

But Gostkowski wasn’t complaining. His two clutch kicks — a 43-yarder on the final play of regulation to force overtime, then a 48-yarder in the extra session — helped the Patriots beat the Jets, 29-26. It was his first shot at a last-second pressure kick since missing one badly that would have beaten the Cardinals Sept. 16. Given another chance, he came through — twice.

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