With the season opener hanging in the balance, New York Jets’ quarterback Geno Smith showed the poise and confidence of a seasoned veteran. After the Tampa Bay Bucaneers took a 17-15 advantage on Rian Lindell’s 37-yard field goal, the Jets had just 34 seconds to mount a heroic comeback.
With zero timeouts at his disposal, Smith marched the Jets up to their own 45-yard line and stopped the clock with 15 ticks left. On the ensuing play Smith scrambled to his right for 15 yards and was hit out of bounds by Bucs’ linebacker Lavonte David. A personal foul penalty of 15 yards was assessed following the run; moving New York into field goal range for Nick Folk who connected on a 48-yarder with just two seconds remaining. Gang Green was given second life after the late hit on Smith and capitalized in a big way. The Jets dodged a bullet on the final play of the game as running back Doug Martin was chased down at New York’s 40-yard line to put the finishing touches on the win.
Smith completed 24-of-38 pass attempts for 256 yards with one touchdown and one interception on the afternoon. New York’s signal-caller was the team’s leading rusher with 46 yards on six attempts in an all-around solid effort; making his case to secure the starting job under center
This week reports surfaced that embattled veteran Mark Sanchez is getting a second opinion on his partially torn labrum, so it’s looking more and more likely that Smith will be entrusted to guide Gang Green’s huddle. While Sunday’s outing wasn’t without blemishes; a lost fumble and errant interception, Smith showed the resiliency and composure that Jets’ fans have been clamoring for.
The Jets have a short turnaround this week as they venture up to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots on Thursday night football.