Jets deserved this win —Trevor Lawrence be damned
As former Jets coach Herman Edwards famously stated: “You play to win the sport.’’
That’s what the Jets did on Sunday in Los Angeles, the place they had been 17 ½-point underdogs and beat the Rams 23-20 anyway.
Greatest upset of this NFL season — by rather a lot.
The peerlessly imperfect season now has a blemish. The Jets are 1-13, which implies 0-16 is useless and so, too, probably the prospect to draft Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
You know the way a lot the Jets care in regards to the conflicted Jets followers who desperately need Lawrence of their Christmas stocking?
Not a rattling bit. Sorry. Not sorry.
This one was for Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, who too usually this season has appeared washed up at 23. Darnold performed his finest recreation of the season, finishing 22 of 31 for 207 yards and a landing with no turnovers in opposition to the league’s finest protection. He bought the ball out rapidly and made fast, appropriate choices.
This was for his or her 37-year-old dinosaur operating again Frank Gore, who scored a landing on a fourth-and-goal and caught the game-clinching third-down cross, which allowed the Jets to enter victory formation contained in the two-minute warning.
It was for the Jets security Marcus Maye, who earlier within the recreation gave up a Rams landing and later within the recreation let an interception slip by means of his palms, however in the long run helped clinched the sport with an enormous cross breakup.
It was for Jets rookie punter Braden Mann, who made a game-saving sort out of Rams punt returner Nsimba Webster on a 34-yard return late within the fourth quarter.
It was for each Jets participant who’s performed his ass off this season with out reward.
Rams head coach Sean McVay was so moved watching tape of the Jets that he referred to as Jets coach Adam Gase at 4:15 a.m. West Coast time late final week to inform him: “Man, these guys, they play arduous for you. I do know issues haven’t gone the best way you needed. Maintain these guys grinding and preserve them pushing.’’
Gase’s gamers saved grinding and pushing for 60 minutes on Sunday and it value McVay’s 9-5 Rams an opportunity to maintain tempo with the Seahawks for first place within the NFC West.
The Jets did so many good issues on this recreation in opposition to a superior opponent it left you questioning the place this has been all season.
They began quick and ended robust. The Jets protection pressured the Rams on a three-and-out on the sport’s opening possession.
Good begin. Lengthy strategy to go.
The Jets offense responded by marching 74 yards on 13 performs in 7:12 and taking a 7-0 lead on an 18-yard scoring cross from Darnold to operating again Ty Johnson.
Darnold was 6 of 6 for 54 yards on the drive. 4 of these passes went to Johnson for 37 yards.
The Rams and Jets then exchanged three-and-outs.
Then, on the Rams’ third offensive possession, J.T. Hassell, a just lately signed security out of Florida Tech who was born with two fingers on his left hand, blocked a Johnny Hekker punt, giving the Jets the ball on the Rams 27.
They transformed a 39-yard Sam Ficken area aim out of it.
The Rams’ subsequent possession led to an interception of Jared Goff by rookie cornerback Bryce Corridor. The Jets bought a 25-yard Ficken area aim out of that for a 13-0 lead with 7:37 remaining within the first half — their largest lead of the season on the time.
The Jets opened the second half with the primary possession and went 72 yards on 11 performs in 6:34 to take a shocking 20-3 lead on the 1-yard Gore scoring run on fourth-and-goal.
“I don’t suppose I may have lived with myself on that one if we’d have kicked the sphere aim,’’ Gase stated.
“Large landing,’’ Gore stated. “Man, it feels good. We lastly bought one.’’
Gore would later seal the sport with that 6-yard reception over the center on third-and-6.
That got here after Maye’s cross breakup on fourth down with Goff attempting to attach with tight finish Gerald Everett for the game-winning landing.
Lastly, there was essentially the most out-of-place scene of this Jets season: The offense lining up within the victory formation.
“Best feeling in sports activities,’’ Darnold stated. “To have the ability to ice a recreation and know we had it. It was a tremendous feeling.’’
The Jets, who misplaced 40-3 final week and 31-28 with 5 seconds remaining the week earlier than, haven’t had a whole lot of wonderful emotions this season. In reality, they’d had none till Sunday.
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