Pushing Through: Jets Come Back For Overtime Win
Added by Justin O'Connell on October 22, 2013.
Nick Folk celebrates his game-winning field goal in overtime. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
After two consecutive seasons without a win against the New England Patriots, the New York Jets played their best half of football this season, as they erased an 11-point deficit and pulled out a 30-27 overtime victory.
“We just made some minor adjustments and we got after it. We kept fighting. We didn’t give up. We didn’t pout. Everybody believed in their brother next to them and it showed,” Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson said.
After Nick Folk missed a 56-yard field goal (would have tied his career long), the referees called a Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty on a push from the back by Chris Jones. So, for the second time this season a late miscue by the opposing team put the Jets in range and Folk did the rest, drilling a 42-yard game-winning field goal.
“I was fairly happy about it (joking) (laughter), thus my reaction. But I was like, ‘You know what? It’s about time we got a break (joking) (laughter).’ That’s really what I was thinking. It just worked out,” Rex Ryan said.
The Jets defense looked like Ryan’s 2006 defense in Baltimore, as they were phenomenal; making Tom Brady look like a rookie for the second time this season. In the second half and through overtime, Gang Green’s defense held Brady to 11-of-28 for 126 yards, and an interception returned for a touchdown by Antonio Allen. New England had eight drives after the first half, where it had five punts, two field goals, and an interception. Five of the Patriots second-half/overtime drives went four plays or less, including three straight three-and-outs in the third quarter (while also giving up three sacks in the quarter), and a four-play drive in overtime that ended in a punt.
“We knew we needed a turnover. We were trying to get one. It was only our (third) one this year. We knew we had to force a turnover in order to win the game. We did that, got the spark and everybody is on their high horse,” Antonio Allen said.
Allen’s interception changed the whole flow of the game and gave back the momentum that the Jets lost in the first quarter after Geno Smith (17/33, 233 yards, 1td, 1int, and 1 rushing td) threw a pick six to Logan Ryan.
On the Jets second possession in the third quarter, they started at their own 48 and drove down the field. That is where Smith made two game-changing scrambles. The first was on a 3rd and 14 on New England’s 24, when Smith ran for the first down and the next came two plays later where Smith had a 8-yard touchdown run to give the Jets a 24-21 lead.
“He [David Lee] told Geno before the game that he would have to make two plays with his legs that are going to win the game for us, and I’ll be darned if that didn’t happen. He has the run on third down and then the touchdown run. When he ran in for the touchdown, I thought ‘David Lee is pretty sharp,” Rex Ryan said. “I really thought about it as soon as Geno made that run. That’s something the young man has. Most young quarterbacks will force the issue – throw one into coverage, maybe throw a pick in the red zone, but Geno tucked that ball and ran for a touchdown. (It was a) tremendous play by him and I’m really proud of him.”
The Jets scored 17 total points in the third quarter, most in a quarter this season. However, Brady led the Patriots back on two field goal drives in the fourth quarter. The second field goal was on a 12 play 66 yard drive, where Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 44-yard field goal to tie the game with 16 seconds left.
In overtime, the Jets chose to run the ball every play, expect for a 12-yard pass to David Nelson, even on a 3rd and five on New England’s 36. Chris Ivory (34 carries for 104 yards) ended up being stopped two yards before the line of scrimmage, where Ryan chose to kick a the field goal, but thanks to the penalty Folk answered and Met Life Stadium erupted.
The “Push Heard Around the World” is what everyone’s calling it and it may have just pushed the Jets right back into playoff contention.