It was a forgettable afternoon for Jets kicker Nick Folk, who went a dismal 2-for-5 on field goal attempts in New York’s 26-20 overtime win at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Folk, who missed two field goals in regulation that would have kept the game from going into overtime, also missed an effort in the extra frame that would have won the game for the Jets.
Folk entered the game 16-for-19 on field goal attempts, including a season long 56-yard field in Week 6. In the third quarter following a 19-play, 65-yard drive that ate up over 10 minutes on the clock, Folk lined up for a 24-yard field goal attempt. He hit the effort off the right post.
“I feel like I hit every ball well today except for the 24 [yard attempt],” Folk said. “The one that hit the upright I had a problem with my plant foot there.”
On the kick, Folk appeared to slip with his plant foot, causing his kicking leg to extend away from his body, pushing the chip-shot to the right. After the kick, Folk changed cleats, going for a seven-stud cleat for better traction and grip.
“I should have changed earlier,” Folk said. “I didn’t. I felt good about the rest of those kicks.”
Folk then missed a 47-yard attempt in overtime that would have given the team the win. Last week in Detroit, Folk made a field goal late in the fourth quarter to tie the game and force it into overtime. Then on the Jets first drive in the Lions win, a 54-yard Santonio Holmes reception set up his game-winning field goal.
On third down and with 30 seconds left in overtime on Sunday, déjà vu almost struck again as Holmes made a catch over the middle.
It looked like a routine grab that would go for about 10 yards and set Folk up with a sixth field goal attempt on the afternoon and a shot at redemption. The kicker, in his fourth year in the league, never had a chance to win back to back overtime games with his right leg.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez acknowledged after the game that the pass in the slot was designed to get the ball to Holmes for a moderate gain and get within Folk’s field goal range. Instead, Holmes broke the play for a 37-yard touchdown, splitting two defenders in the process.
“Get to the 30 [yard line], that was my thinking,” Sanchez said. “An unbelievable job of making the guy miss [by Holmes], and getting to the end zone.”
Folk was on the sideline, kicking into a net to get ready for his shot at redemption. He was on the sideline to watch the final play of the game that won a second straight overtime effort for the Jets, but also ended his hopes of redemption. Nevertheless, the Jets kicker was happy for the team.
“I’m ready to go out there and kick, I want to help this team,” Folk said about his mindset before the Holmes play. “We got out of here with a win, it was awesome.”