Jets Win Battle of New York

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants were looking to put the game away with a late fourth-down conversion.It ended up sparking the Jets, who appeared well on their way to a disappointing, mistake-filled loss.Rontez Miles intercepted Eli Manning’s pass on fourth-and-2 in the fourth quarter, and Ryan Fitzpatrick rallied the Jets from a 10-point deficit to win 23-20 in overtime Dec. 6 and stay on track in the AFC playoff hunt.“I thought they would kick the field goal, honestly,” said Miles, echoing the sentiment of many Giants fans, who booed the decision — and the lack of execution — at MetLife Stadium.“If we scored there on fourth-and-2, then we push the score up to where maybe they can’t beat us with whatever,” Coughlin said. “So we’re up 17. I stand by it.”Randy Bullock cut the Jets’ deficit to seven on the next series, and Fitzpatrick hit Brandon Marshall for a 9-yard touchdown with 27 seconds remaining to tie it, capping a 71-yard drive.Bullock kicked a 31-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime. Josh Brown then missed his first attempt in 26 tries this season, giving the Jets the stunning win that sent the Giants (5-7) to their third straight loss.“For us to come from behind, it shows some grit,” coach Todd Bowles said. “During the season, that’s the mark of a good team, so we finally got to that point. I’m just happy it was today.”A 43-yard kickoff return by Dwayne Harris and a 20-yard pass to Odell Beckham Jr. on fourth down from the Giants 46 set up Brown’s 48-yard attempt that sailed wide left.“It was time for one of these games to go our way,” said Marshall, who had 12 catches for 131 yards.Fitzpatrick combined with Bilal Powell, who had eight catches for 91 yards, on a 25-yard TD pass for the Jets’ other touchdown.Bullock had three short field goals, the last capping a drive Fitzpatrick kept alive with an 11-yard pass to Eric Decker and passes of 13 and 10 to Marshall and 17 to Decker late.“There was always just a great belief in the huddle,” Fitzpatrick said, “a great belief on the sideline that we could come back and take this thing.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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