“It was time for one of these games to go our way,” said a jubilant Jets receiver Brandon Marshall, who finished with 12 catches for 131 yards, including a game-tying nine-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter that made it 20-20. The Jets, down 20-10 at the half, also got a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to running back Bilal Powell and two field goals from kicker Randy Bullock, including the 31-yard game-winner in overtime, to keep their playoff hopes alive.
“It was a good win,” said Jets head coach Todd Bowles. “Usually the games we’ve been winning, we’ve been ahead. So for us to come from behind and show some grit during the season, that’s the mark of a good team, so we finally got to that point.”
The Giants, who got a fifth-straight 100-yard receiving performance from receiver Odell Beckham Jr (six receptions for 149 yards, one touchdown), saw their dynamic receiver come up with a huge 72-yard second-quarter touchdown catch that gave the team a 17-10 second quarter.
Offensively, the Jets dominated the Giants in nearly every major statistical category, including time of possession (38:31 to 29:56) and third-down conversions (40% to 27%). With the win, the 7-5 Jets snapped a five-game losing streak against the Giants in regular-season games. The Jets also improved to 3-0 against the NFC East this season, with a December 19 road game against the Dallas Cowboys remaining.
The Giants, meanwhile, fell to 5-7, their grasp on a potential playoff berth becoming looser by the week, with seemingly no answers in sight as to why they are unable to finish games on the right foot.
Elsewhere the New England Patriots failed to hold onto a first half lead and were upset by Philadelphia, while the Carolina Panthers survived a scare from New Orleans to stay perfect at 12-0.
Quarterback Cam Newton threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jerricho Cotchery with 1:05 left to lift the unbeaten Panthers to a 41-38 comeback victory over the Saints on Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Philadelphia Eagles rallied from a 14-0 deficit, scoring 35 consecutive points for a thrilling 35-28 win over Tom Brady’s Patriots, who have now lost back-to-back games.
Newton completed 28-of-41 passes for 331 yards for the Panthers who became the 10th team in NFL history to begin the season 12-0.
“It feels great,” said Newton who threw five touchdown passes. “We knew it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk.
“It wasn’t pretty. We didn’t start off fast like we wanted, but at the end of the day we knew we had a team full of resilient guys and we knew how to finish.”
Newton drove the Panthers 75 yards in 11 plays for the game-winning score. The Panthers converted a fourth-and-four when Newton scrambled to his left and tossed a short pass to tight end Greg Olsen.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes and Mark Ingram ran nine yards for a go-ahead touchdown with 5:21 left, but that just set the stage for Newton’s heroics.
The Panthers turned the ball over three times in the first half and trailed 16-13 heading into the third quarter.
In Foxborough, quarterback Brady led the Patriots to two late touchdowns, the second with three minutes left.
Philadelphia wide receiver Riley Cooper batted the ensuing onside kick out of bounds and then caught a 14-yard pass from Sam Bradford on third-and-11, seemingly allowing the Eagles to run out the clock.
However, running back Darren Sproles fumbled the ball back to New England at its 25. The Patriots failed to take advantage and could move only 12 yards before a pair of dropped passes helped end the host Patriots’ chances.
The Eagles improved to 5-7 and moved into a tie for second place in the NFC East.
The Patriots (10-2) dropped their second game in a row and fell into a tie with the Denver Broncos for the best record in the AFC.
Brady was under pressure for the third consecutive game — this time by a defence that allowed 45 points to the opposition in each of the last two games.
Bradford completed 14-of-24 passes for 120 yards in the win. Brady finished 29-of-56 for 312 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked four times.
The win was the second for the Eagles in Foxborough, their first since 1987.
Brady’s second-quarter touchdown pass was the 421st of his career, breaking a tie with Dan Marino for third place on the NFL all-time list.
Brady said his turnovers cost them Sunday’s game.
“It was bad quarterbacking. I have got to do a better job,” Brady said.
“No one can do your job for you. If I turn the ball over twice I don’t think we have many chances to win a game.”
Antonio Brown fails to impress
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown put on a show in Sunday night’s 45-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
In the eyes of the officials on one particular play, too much of a show.
Already with eight catches, 118 yards and a pair of scores on the night — and with his team up 38-10- the Pittsburgh All-Pro took a punt 71 yards to the house, his Steelers record-tying fourth such touchdown in his career.
So the man who just weeks ago crossed the goal line with a running full-front flip, and stuck the landing, ran through the end zone this time and leaped onto the goal post, legs open, trying to hug it with his arms and legs.
Instead, he then slid down onto his back. And was greeted by teammates, and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.
Brown may have been penalised in the game, but he was trending on social media and seemingly before his butt hit the ground (which, by the way, was not part of the plan).
“I was feeling excitement and trying to stick it at the goal post, but it didn’t work out,” Brown said afterwards.