Bill Belichick believed that the push was only illegal if it came from a player on the second level of the defense, but Boger confirmed that isn't the case.
"Any push. It could be with the body, not necessarily with the hand, but with the body into his teammate, into the formation. It's any type of pushing action," Boger stated.
To his credit, Jones stood up and took the blame for the costly penalty when speaking with reporters after the game.
"It was something we talked about in camp and it just skipped out of my mind," Jones said. "It was my mistake and nobody else's. I just have to man up to it and fix it next time. I was just trying to get that extra little umph in the middle, to get up there."
The fact this rule skipped out of Jones' mind is hardly earth-shattering news. Do you really think if our own Congressional representatives don't have the time to read life-altering legislation, a 23-year-old backup defensive tackle is going to digest the NFL's rule book and come out on the other side in a state of clarity?
The evolution of this latest stain on the game was planted last week when examples of this very infraction were put on the officials weekly training tape to point out instances where it was not called but should have been.
Boger, last year's Super Bowl referee, and Michalek, his umpire, were undoubtedly trying to curry more favor with Dean Blandino, the current head of officiating.
And maybe they will get the gold star from Blandino this week, but the rest of us got cheated.
Geno Smith didn't decide Sunday's game and neither did Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski or even Folk.
A 58-year-old underwriter for Allstate Insurance and his staff did.
Those damn unintended consequences.