The New York Jets lost in as heart-breaking a fashion as you will ever see on Sunday afternoon. As a matter of fact, I don’t even think a film director could come up with as devastating a script for Jets Nation as this.
The Jets were on fire to start the game, building a 21-3 2nd quarter lead against Aaron Rogers and the mighty Green Bay Packers.
However, Rogers eventually found his groove, and Green Bay turned an 18-point deficit into a 7-point lead 4th-quarter lead. The Jets made Jordy Nelson look like the 2nd coming of Jerry Rice. Nelson finished with a staggering 209 receiving yards.
With 5-minutes left to go and the Packers clinging to a 7-point lead, Geno Smith and the Jets found themselves driving. On a 4th and 4 play from the Green Bay 36-yard line, Smith found Jeremy Kerley in the end-zone for what everyone thought was a dramatic game-tying touchdown.
Then the whistle sounded, and it was straight out of a horror movie. Someone on the Jets (Marty Mornhinweg was signaling timeout on the sideline, Sheldon Richardson took the hit for it), called timeout, nullifying the play.
Why did the play have to result in a touchdown? Imagine the difference if the play resulted in an incompletion, or an interception?
The Jets still got the first down on the next play, but not much else as Green Bay took over on downs and ran out the clock.
Going forward, the Jets can now move in either one of two directions. They can let the timeout call sit fresh in their minds, or they can move on and use it as motivation to get better.
That’s why the Jets next game against the Bears will show the true character of this team. If the Jets come out, do what they’re capable of doing, and walk out of MetLife Stadium with a win, the tone will be set for the rest of the season.
The Jets will have proved this team can turn the page and move forward, a crucial trait for a team with playoff aspirations.
If the Jets come out like they did in Cincinnati last October (losing 49-9), talk of the ill-advised timeout call and the ‘Same-old Jets’ will continue to resonate all over the Big Apple.