The Giants should have beaten the Jets on Sunday afternoon.
The Jets were making mistake after mistake, whether it was allowing Dwayne Harris to go 80 yards on a punt return touchdown, Buster Skrine inexplicably running away from Odell Beckham Jr. which resulted in a 72-yard touchdown, Chris Ivory fumbling at the Jets 20-yard line, Rontez Miles jumping offside on 4th and 4 from the Jets 43, which allowed the Giants to extend its drive taking even more time off the clock up 10, the mistakes just would not stop for the Jets.
But then, something happened with the football gods that cannot be explained. On a 4th and 2 from the Jets 4-yard line up by 10, where a field goal puts the Giants up 13 and means the Jets have to score not one, but two touchdowns, Tom Coughlin foolishly decided to go for it.
Obviously a touchdown there ends the game, but in this situation, the negatives outweigh the positives. The chances of Ryan Fitzpatrick leading the Jets to two late touchdowns would have been bleak (despite how unreal Fitz played), significantly bleaker than Fitzpatrick having to lead the Jets to only one touchdown and a field goal, not to mention failing to convert there gives the Jets something they didn’t have all game, momentum. Still, Coughlin didn’t seem to recognize that.
Instead, he told the Giants to go for it and Eli Manning threw the ball right to Rontez Miles for an interception. The Jets kicked a field goal to cut the deficit to 7, and then with 27 seconds left, Fitzpatrick hit Brandon Marshall in the end zone to tie the game at 20, a situation that should have never happened in the first place.
The game went to overtime where the Jets drove the ball right down the Giants throats all the way to the 9-yard line, before questionable play-calling (targeting Kellen Davis which should be against the law, and a low percentage screen pass to Bilal Powell) resulted in a Randy Bullock 31-yard field goal to give the Jets a 23-20 lead.
Thanks to a Dwayne Harris 43-yard punt return, the Giants got the ball back with great field position. Eli Manning drove the Giants to the Jets 30-yard line, but Josh Brown picked a pretty bad time to miss his first field goal of the season, a 48-yarder that allowed the Jets to beat the Giants in the regular season for the first time since 1993 (when I was 3 months old).
I don’t want to hear about if Josh Brown would have made the 48-yard field goal, or that the Jets might have gotten two touchdowns late to take the lead, this loss for the Giants falls directly on the shoulders of Tom Coughlin who had the chance to dramatically increase the Giants chances of winning and chose not to. So as a die-hard fan of the Jets, I just wanted to say thank you Tom Coughlin.