Rex Ryan talked the talked and the New York Jets walked the walked as Gang Green handed the New England Patriots their second loss in the last three games. It took a game winning 42 yard field goal in overtime from Nick Folk for New York to snap a five game regular season losing streak to New England. The Jets rode a powerful running game to the tune of 177 yards on 52 bruising carries as they overcame a 21-10 halftime deficit with a stellar second half performance from their defense.
Safety Antonio Allen help sway the momentum in New York's favor as he stepped in front of Rob Gronkowski on the opening possession of the third quarter and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to close the lead to 21-17.
On the Jets next offensive possession Geno Smith's eight yard touchdown run propelled the team ahead 24-21 and the contest would finish regulation tied at 27.
After Gang Green forced Tom Brady and company to punt on the opening possession of overtime, the Jets took over at their own 20 with a chance to send the MetLife Stadium crowd into a frenzy. New York marched all the way to New England’s 37 where it faced a 3rd-and-5 from the edge of Folk’s field goal range. Running back Chris Ivory took the handoff and was stymied by defensive end Chandler Jones in the backfield and Folk trotted out to attempt a 56-yarder, which sailed outside the left upright no good.
A flag was thrown and linebacker Chris Jones was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct; giving the Jets second life. After the 15 yard penalty, the Jets produced just three yards on the next three plays and Folk came out for a second game winning field goal attempt and didn’t disappoint. Ryan’s group finally got the monkey off its back and knocked off the Patriots to close their lead in the division to just one game.
Things looked bleak for New York after Geno Smith tossed an interception returned 79 yards for a touchdown by defensive back Logan Ryan late in the first quarter. The Jets’ rookie signal-caller shook off the costly mistake and rebounded in the second half finishing the day 17-of-33 for 233 yards, one passing touchdown, one rushing touchdown and an interception. Ivory pounded New England for 104 yards on 34 carries as the Jets featured a balance offensive attack against a depleted Patriots defense.
Next Sunday New York travels to Cincinnati to take on Andy Dalton and the Bengals, while Tom Brady’s Patriots venture to South Beach to clash with Ryan Tannehill and the reeling Dolphins.