The officials ruled the New York Jets tight end had instead fumbled the ball before hitting the end-zone pylon, which resulted in a touchback for the Patriots.
"I feel like I scored," Seferian-Jenkins said after the game, per Andy Vasquez of the Record. "But at the end of the day, the refs called what the refs called."
Referee Tony Corrente later explained the thought process behind the call after the game, per Rich Cimini of ESPN:
"The final shot that we saw was from the end zone that showed the New York Jets' runner, we'll call him a runner at that point, with the football starting to go toward the ground. He lost the ball. It came out of his control as he was almost to the ground. Now he re-grasps the ball and by rule, now he has to complete the process of a recovery, which means he has to survive the ground again. So in recovering it, he recovered, hit the knee, started to roll and the ball came out a second time. So the ball started to move in his hands this way...he's now out of bounds in the end zone, which now created a touchback. So he didn't survive the recovery and didn't survive the ground during the recovery is what happened here."
New England went on to win, 24-17.
The four-yard catch, which would have been the tight end's second score of the game, would have cut the lead to 24-21 in the fourth quarter if the Jets made the extra point. However, the points instead came off the board and the Patriots got the ball at their own 20-yard-line.
New York eventually cut New England's lead to 24-17, but the Jets were unable to score another touchdown to tie the game in the final minutes.
Boomer Esiason of CBS Sports provided insight from the NFL on the play:
Unsurprisingly, the response wasn't pretty from what became a game-changing call:
The Patriots moved to 4-2 with the win, while the Jets are now 3-3.