So after being down by ten points and waiting for the New York Giants to falter in this game that moment came in the 4th quarter with more than eight minutes remaining, saw Tom Coughlin inform Eli Manning to go for it on a 4th & 2 play on the Jets 4yd line. And instead of taking a sure three points Manning threw it into double coverage and Rontez Miles picked it off for the start of a big comeback.
It started off with a 12 play, 80yds possession that set up a 24 yard field goal by Randy Bullock who cut the deficit to a Touchdown and from that moment the Jets fans who were well outnumbered at Met Life Stadium as this was a home game for the Giants were able to force them to a three and out and made their final run of regulation into a Brandon Marshall Touchdown with 27 seconds remaining just inside the goal line.
After several solid plays like a 20yd run by Bilal Powell, as well as some solid catches from Marshall for 10yds and a Fitzpatrick 15yd run on a 4th down and 6 call to himself when no one was open that would set up that big 9yd catch inside the end zone and the conversion of an extra point to tie it up and send the game into overtime.
The Jets won the coin flip and took the opening possession with a good mix of runs and throws to get close to field goal range. A solid 13yd catch from Brandon Marshall with a mix of runs by Bilal Powell and a huge 17yd grab by Eric Decker that got the Jets into field goal range that Randy Bullock kicked for 31yds to give the three point lead.
The Giants had some good moments as well in the overtime session and when it was time to tie the game up with Josh Brown who has been perfect all season and has made long field goal kicks from 53yds had a 48yd field goal that was missed wide right and put the Jets into a two game winning streak and are 7-5 this season. This win also put the Jets back into a playoff spot knocking off the Houston Texans who lost to the Buffalo Bills.
The heroes of this game is not only Ryan Fitzpatrick who had one of his greatest games in his career, but the wide receivers were huge in this game including Eric Decker who made some great catches in the slot that for some strange reason the Giants couldn’t stop him. But catching the ball eight times for 101yds is outstanding.
Brandon Marshall had another spectacular game as well as he caught the ball twelve times for over 130yds & made team history along with NFL History. He became the first 1,000 yard receiver since Jerrico Cotchery back in the 2008 season when Brett Favre was the Quarterback and he has also earned 1,000 yds receiving for four separate teams that includes being with the Broncos, Dolphins & the Bears. He is the first player in NFL history to do this feat.
While there were some great plays in the first and fourth quarters for the Jets, they were absolutely terrible in the 2nd quarter. An 80yd punt return for a touchdown by Dwayne Harris that gave an early 7-3 lead and a 72yd catch and run touchdown by Odell Beckham Jr. that gave the Giants back the lead by seven after Bilal Powell scored one that tied the game at ten. But once again it’s not about how you play some of the time; it’s how you play all the time in the game of football.The Jets took advantage of that big miscue in the 4th quarter that allowed them to tie the game on two consecutive possessions and got into position for the winning field goal as well as the missed field goal by the Giants. But overall the New York Jets are 7-5 and back inside the playoff picture with the Kansas City Chiefs for the Wild Card spots