New York Jets: Second-Half Fightback Enough for Win

Geno Smith
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The New York Jets started off brightly in a divisional match-up against the New England Patriots when Geno Smith found Jeremy Kerley in the end zone. The rookie QB had built up a passing sequence to finally end the opening drive with the pretty six-point conversion.

The Pats were just a bit too strong in the first half as the first 30 minutes ended 21-10 in their favor.

The second half was a different story as the Jets managed to outscore their visitors 17-6, which ended regulation as the Pats scored a game-tying field goal.

Then, the weirdest call was made by the referee in Over Time when Nick Folk missed a 56-yard field goal as one Patriot pushed his own team mate into a Jet. The rule that was added this season states that a player from one team can not push another member of his team to complete a tackle.

The Jets owe the refs big time on that one.

Anyways, the penalty brought the Jets much closer to the end zone so after a couple of plays, Folk hit home the game-winning field goal.

This is the first time in a long time that a rookie QB managed to defeat Tom Brady since last year when Russell Wilson did it with his Seattle Seahawks.

The Pats were without most of their defensive starters but they still played admirably against a Jets side that truly wanted to end the six-game losing streak to their opponents. This is a game that the Jets not only wanted to, but needed to win. Now, they are 4-3 while the Pats are 5-2.

Smith was particularly impressive, not just because he scored his second rushing TD of his career, but he also showed the world that he is a QB that can be running near top speed and still manage to send a bullet to a teammate who is further down the field. He could very well be the future of this franchise.