Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter and secured a 23-20 victory in overtime against the New York Giants off a missed field goal by Josh Brown. Fitzpatrick completed 36 of 50 passes for 390 yards and two touchdowns.
This loss for the Giants put’s head coach Tom Coughlin on the hot seat yet again. There were many questions to why he went on 4th and 2 with a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter under nine minutes to play. Eli Manning didn’t have a great game completing only 52 percent of the passes with one touchdown and interception. The throw not only stop their momentum, but completely changed the game.
If we scored there and fourth-and-2, then we push the score up to where maybe they can’t beat us with whatever,” Coughlin said according to ESPN. “So we’re up 17. I stand by it.
Coughlin stands by what he says, but in situational football knowing that the Jets need two touchdowns if the Giants scored a field goal instead, it was a bad decision. This is the fourth game this season in which the Giants blow a 10 point lead. The Jets on the other hand did what they needed to do in staying alive for playoff contention.
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.
Gusty performance from the Jets overall provided the confidence for them in December. After scoring only 10 points in the first half, the fourth quarter show their resilience as a group. Fitzpatrick shown up in big moments during the game. Wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker combined for 1 on 20 receptions for 232 yards.
There was a lot of stuff that needed to happen there in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter,” Fitzpatrick said. “We kind of played complementary football. There was always just a great belief in the huddle, a great belief on the sideline that we could come back and take this thing.
Giants did have big plays from Odell Beckham Jr and Dwight Harris, but that has been the common trend throughout the season. It’s not enough for only two players including Manning to win games. The results of the game show that the Jets despite the inconsistently on defense, have more weapons on offense than the Giants.
This Jets win is the first one against the Giants since 1993 in 22 years.