When you’re a rookie quarterback in the NFL and in the same division as Tom Brady, it’s a daunting task not just to face him once, but twice a year. On Sunday New York Jets rookie signal-caller Geno Smith wanted some revenge after that 13-10 loss at Gillette Stadium in Week 2.
But this time around his Jets got that second chance to face the Patriots and defeated them at MetLife Stadium in overtime by a final score of 30-27 and earned a win against the big bad hoodie in Bill Belichick.
What a fantastic first drive to start the game capped by a12 yard touchdown catch by Jeremy Kerley for first score of the game. Smith had a clutch rushing touchdown to retake the lead at 24-21 and marched the team down the field to get into field goal range in overtime.
At the end of the day the Jets got themselves a big win and Smith spoke for the team in front of the media postgame.
“I think every single win is graded out about equal, but I think this one means a little bit more to us,” noted Smith. “You could just get that feeling in the locker room and around the community. Everyone knows about this rivalry. I think it’s a great one because it’s always two well-prepared teams.”
But you have to say that his partnership with Jeremy Kerley has been fantastic, especially when they get into to third down situations.
“Jeremy just was finding ways to get open,” noted Smith. “That’s something that he has a knack for. I believe he’s a really good slot (receiver) and he always finds ways to get open. He makes yards after the catch and he’s one of those guys that you can depend on.”
The main reason for Smith performing so well when he has the time to throw the ball is that his reworked offensive line featured former Steelers man in Willie Colon as well as rookie Brian Winters helping out Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson as the veterans on this team.
But when it came to the end of the game in overtime, you wondered how he was feeling when emotions and stakes were running high.
“I had my helmet on. I was watching the field goal and I saw that he missed it, then I saw the flag,” admitted Smith. (I) didn’t really know what was going on until they announced it. It’s great to get the help (on) something like that to get us the victory.”
As of right now Mark Sanchez and Smith are the two Jets’ quarterbacks beat Bill Belechick as in their rookie seasons and no other team has two first year players to achieve this feat. This was a fantastic win with some help from the officials, but for once in a blue moon lady luck shined on Gang Green’s side.