The Jets Do It Again!

They didn’t make it easy: After leading the Patriots 24-6 late in the first half, the Jets managed to squeak out a 34-31 overtime victory in Foxboro, MA. The Jets now hold sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

While the Jets lost one fumble, Brett Favre did not throw an interception while going 26 for 33 for 258 yards and two TDs. Dustin Keller had another great game with eight catches for 87 yards, including a 16 yard catch on 3rd and 15 in overtime. Leon Johnson also came up big in a big game: a 7-yard TD reception plus a 92-yard kickoff return.

While much of what the Jets did Thursday night worked, one thing clearly did not: the “prevent-defense” failed to hold the Patriots late in the fourth quarter. After going three-and-out and being forced to punt with 1:15 remaining, the Jets went into the prevent-defense. I groaned. In less than a minute, the Patriots went from their own 38 to the Jets 16, and on fourth and 1, with 1 second remaining, Matt Cassel found Randy Moss in the end zone for the tying score. So much for the prevent-defense. The Jets held Moss to 10 yards on two catches for 59:59, only to allow him a 16-yard grab to tie the game. The prevent-defense prevents what, exactly?

Thankfully, due in large part to Keller’s 16 yard grab on 3rd and 15, overtime went their way as the Jets went 64 yards in 7:50 allowing Jay Feely to kick a 34 yard field goal for the win.

Could it be? A Jets home playoff game? I’ve got my fingers crossed.

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