The Jets as usual do not lack for drama. A day shy of a month since they began their season with a wild victory over Tampa Bay on a field goal in the final seconds they won another thriller Monday night 30-28 over Atlanta. Nick Folk kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired to make the difference after Matt Ryan’s 3-yard touchdown pass with two minutes remaining put the Falcons up 28-27. Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith responded by completing the first three passes of the next drive – for 12 13 and 9 yards. And like that the Jets were at the Falcons’ 46-yard line. Smith scrambled out of bounds for 8 yards on the next play and now the possibility of victory again seemed very real for the Jets who led by 13 points with 12 minutes left. Smith was icy when it mattered most Monday night and he finished 16-of-20 passing for 199 yards and three touchdowns. He didn’t have a turnover for the first time in his professional career. Monday night was an important juncture in this season of great consequence for Jets coach Rex Ryan. As the Jets (3-2) began the second quarter of their season they knew they would face a challenging turnaround upon leaving Atlanta since Sunday’s home game is against Pittsburgh which despite being 0-4 is rested after having Week 5 off. And the Jets began this short week by combining with the Falcons to stage some terrific theater on Monday night. Immediately after the Jets scored a touchdown to go up 27-14 the Falcons responded with an 80-yard touchdown drive that cut the score to 27-21 with 8:03 remaining in the game – plenty of time.
Jets top Falcons, 30-28, on last-second FG
Newark Star-Ledger | Oct 8