In a shocking turn of events, the New York Jets took a 27-14 lead on the Atlanta Falcons with 12:05 remaining in the 4th quarter on a Kellen Winslow touchdown and the game appeared to be well in hand. But the Atlanta Falcons offense came back in fury.
Four minutes later, Jacquizz Rodgers scored on a 19-yard run to make the score 27-21. Six minutes later, after a highly questionable holding penalty that everyone’s still trying to figure out who actually committed it, Matt Ryan hit Levine Toilolo on a 3-yard score to give Atlanta a 28-27 lead.
Suddenly the the Jets hopes were diminished. New York got the ball back with 1:54 remaining, and Geno Smith had a drive to remember.
Starting at the Jets 20-yard line, Geno completed 3 straight passes for 34 yards immediately putting the team past mid-field. A Smith run, followed by two Bilal Powell runs brought the ball to the Falcons 25-yard line with 3 seconds left.
Nick Folk then drilled a 43-yard field goal as time expired for his 2nd game winning field goal of the season giving the Jets a shocking win over the Falcons who now drop to 1-4, 4 games behind the Saints in the NFC South.
For the first time this season, the Jets didn’t commit one turnover and Geno Smith was as efficient as he’s been all year.
Smith completed 16/20 passes for 199 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an exceptional 147.7 quarterback rating.
The biggest play of the game came at the end of the first half. Atlanta had the ball on the 1-yard line with a chance to either kick a field goal or attempt to score a touchdown. Jacquizz Rodgers was stuffed by Sheldon Richardson at the line of scrimmage as the Jets went into the half leading 17-7.
That call by Falcons coach Mike Smith ended up being the difference in the game.
Up next for the Jets is a matchup with the winless Steelers at the Meadowlands. The Falcons enter must-win territory against another winless team in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.