On Sunday the New York Jets (3-3) were home again to battle the New England Patriots (5-1) and hopefully come away with a split in the season series against their hated division rivals. In a see-saw battle the Jets won in overtime, 30-27, on another Nick Folk field goal after a newly added penalty was enforced on his first field goal attempt, and for the first time this season.
The Jets first play from scrimmage was a pass to Jeff Cumberland to the 45 yard line. On third down Geno Smith found Jeremy Kerley, who stretched out to get past the marker for the first down. Chris Ivory picked up another first down by two runs on the next two plays. A pass to Kerley on third down moved them down to the 15 yard line. Then Smith finished off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Kerley. The Patriots answered as Bolden scored from less than one yard out on their first series to tie up the game at seven. Smith connected with David Nelson for a 25-yard pass play on the Jets subsequent drive, then Josh Cribbs in the wildcat formation ran for a first down on the next two plays. Geno Smith found Nelson again a few plays later to move them to the 20 yard line. Unfortunately, Geno's one mistake was a pass intended for Nelson that Logan Ryan intercepted and ran back for a touchdown. Stephen Hill got involved with a catch and run for 16 yards when the Jets got the ball back, then Smith kept it himself for a run that netted another first down. The quarter ended with a Chandler Jones sack of Smith.
A pass to Kerley moved the Jets to the Patriots 40 yard line as the quarter opened. Kerley continued his hot streak by getting 10 yards on a third and five yard play. Nick Folk came on to make a 37-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-10. The Jets next drive resulted in a punt that was run back 38 yards by Julian Edelman, which set up the Patriots at the Jets 28 yard line. Ridley ended that drive with a touchdown run to put the Patriots up 21-10. Sheldon Richardson and Calvin Pace sandwiched Tom Brady with less than 30 seconds to go and forced a fumble, but Vollmer recovered it.
Two plays into the quarter Antonio Allen picked off Tom Brady in front of Rob Gronkowski and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 21-17. On the next Jets possession a pass interference penalty was drawn by Jeff Cumberland to move them to the 32 yard line. Geno Smith was then sacked twice in a row, which moved them back to the 44 yard line. Damon Harrison sacked Brady at the two yard line as the Patriots following drive started. The Patriots punt was returned by Cribbs, who was returning punts instead of Kerley, to the 48 yard line. Geno Smith threw a pass that Nelson made a wonderful catch on at the 20 yard line of the Patriots as Nelson leapt over the defender. Geno Smith ran for a first down to the 10 yard line as he stretched along the sideline for the last yard needed. Two plays later he ran it in himself for the score hitting the right pylon. Muhammad Wilkerson sacked Brady on the first play after the kickoff. Cribbs' next punt return set up the Jets at the Patriots 38 yard line. Ivory broke off a nice run to the right side for 17 yards. Nick Folk came out as the drive stalled to make yet another 37-yard field goal to extend the lead to 27-21. Antonio Allen went down with an injury with less than 30 seconds to go in the period.
Brady was unable to connect with Gronkowski on a third down play with Allen back on the field in coverage, so Stephen Gostkowski hit a 39-yard field goal. Geno Smith connected with Jeremy Kerley to get the Jets just past midfield a few plays into the next drive, which was aided by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Then Cumberland made a one handed catch to move them to around the 40 yard line. An apparent touchdown grab by Stephen Hill was negated by offensive pass interference as Hill pushed off slightly on Devin McCourty. Penalties moved the Jets back to midfield and they were forced to punt. With just over two minutes to go the Jets were forced to punt but Ryan Quigley finally got off a good one that made the Patriots start from their own eight yard line. Brady still marched the Patriots down the field for a Gostkowski 44-yard field goal to tie the game with 19 seconds left.
The Patriots won the coin toss, but were forced to punt. Smith hit Nelson to move them to 36 yard line as he got his hands cradled under ball on the catch. Then Ivory ran for six more yards to 42 yard line and anther two yards on third down to get another first down. He passed 100 yards for the first time as a Jet with nearly nine yards on the next play. Eventually the Jets would be stacked up at the Patriots 38 yard line where Nick Folk attempted a 56-yard field goal that would be missed left, but an unsportmanlike conduct penalty on New England kept the drive going. Folk connected from 42 yards to end the game as a 30-27 Jets victory.
Next week the New York Jets will travel to Cincinnati to play the Bengals and hopefully break their win one, lose one streak that has played out so far this season. David Garrard can now mentor Geno Smith like the Jets had wanted all along, and maybe help him play more consistently going forward.
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