The New York Jets were outplayed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their sloppy Week One match up to kick off the new season, but that didn’t stop them from earning the win thanks to a dumb penalty from young linebacker Lavonte David.
The Buccaneers linebacker was chasing down Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith in the final seconds of the game when he delivered a blatant late hit out of bounds that set the Jets up in field goal range with a chance to take the lead as time expired.
New York successfully converted the attempt and the Jets went on to win, 18-17.
It is a shame to see the game end in such a manner, especially when it is a player like David who is making the mistake.
David is one of the leaders of the Buccaneers defense and he is a hell of a talent, but his temporary lapse in judgement cost his team in Week One.
Here is a GIF of David’s mistake that the team won’t be forgetting anytime soon, via Deadspin: