The New York Jets improved to (4-3) yesterday with a 30-27 overtime win over the division leading New England Patriots, snapping the Patriots 6-game regular season win streak over the Jets.
On the second play of the second half, Antonio Allen picked off Tom Brady and returned it to for a touchdown, sparking a 17 point comeback for the Jets. Allen’s interception was exactly the lift the Jets needed being down 21-10 at the start of the half.
Last time Geno Smith faced Bill Belichick and the Patriots defense, he threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter. On Sunday, Geno Smith was on point, throwing for 233 yards and a touchdown. Smith also had a big run, scrambling in from 8 yards out to give the Jets the go ahead score 24-21. Smith’s only mistake of the day was an interception that got returned for a touchdown early in the first half.
However, the game ball has to awarded to Nick Folk. Folk hit three field goals, including the game winner in overtime making him a perfect 16 of 16 on the year. In overtime Folk missed a 56-yard field goal but was rewarded a second attempt after the Patriots were called for a 15 yard penalty. On his second chance, Folk drilled the 42-yard field goal giving the Jets their biggest win of the year.
Chris Ivory looked better than he has all season, rushing for over a 100 yards for the first time all year. With the Jets decimated at wide receiver, Jeremy Kerley stepped up in a big way grabbing 8 balls for 97 yards and a touchdown. The Jets knew they would need some players to step up on offense and Ivory and Kerley led the way. Ivory carried the ball 34 times on Sunday. In the previous five games he played in this year he had a combine 34 carries. David Nelson also pitched in with 4 catches for 80 yards in the absence of Santonio Holmes.
The Jets defense was exceptional on Sunday. The held the Patriots to under a 100 yards rushing and sacked Tom Brady four times. The Patriots were 1-of-12 on third down, resulting in a time of possession of only 23 minutes. The Jets had pressure in Brady’s face all day and forced him to fumble twice. The Jets on the other hand dominated time of possession. The Jets were 11-21 on third down, extending drives and controlling the ball for over 46 minutes.
The Jets executed their game plan on Sunday. Despite the one turnover, they protected the football and ran the ball effectively. The Jets were great on third down and helped them control the pace of the game. They got pressure on Brady and forced him into mistakes. With this victory the Jets move into second place in the division one game behind the New England Patriots. The Jets travel to Cincinnati this week with a chance to knock off another AFC division leader and prove to everyone in the NFL that they are serious playoff contenders.