After a bad week of media coverage the New York Jets hit the spotlight again, but this time for all the right reasons. With just six games remaining and the season on-line, the New York Jets played with a sense of urgency the team lacked during their past three-game losing streak.
The New York Jets drove past the midfield on their first possession, but lost the ball at the St. Louis Rams 40-yard line after quarterback Mark Sanchez was sacked on third-down. The St. Louis Rams maintained possession over the next 13 plays amassing 86 yards and a 7-0 lead, but it was the only-time in they held a dominating position in the game. A standout play in the drive was when St. Louis Rams third-year quarterback Sam Bradford completed a pass to Austin Pettis despite New York Jets safety Yeremiah Bell’s efforts of messing up the play, that eventually put the Rams at the Jets’ 17-yard line.
For the rest of the game, Sam Bradford predominantly remained inaccurate except when he threw two short touchdown passes to receiver Brandon Gibson.
With 3:45 remaining in the first quarter and the ball fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Sam Bradford found both Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson open, but eh threw to Gibson for a touchdown.
The New York Jets responded more aggressively on the next drive, when Nick Folk kicked a 51-yard field goal, contributing three points on the scoreboard with 44 seconds left in the quarter. The New York Jets were again in possession when safety Eric Smith intercepted a pass by Sam Bradford and returned it 5 yards to the St. Louis Rams’ 13-yard line. However, three plays down and the New York Jets only gained 5 yards and St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins blocked Nick Folk’s 26-yard field-goal attempt.
The specials team again fell short on the fourth-and-5 of St. Louis Rams 45-yard line when backup quarterback and punt protector Tim Tebow made a shovel pass to back Lex Hillard, who was tackled by the Rams for a 1-yard game giving up great field position.
Three plays later, New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was sacked by Sam Bradford resulting in a turnover. Subsequently, New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott returned the fumble to the St. Louis Rams’ 28-yard line.
Mark Sanchez threw a touchdown pass to open receiver Chaz Schilens on the second-and-7 from the St. Louis Rams’ 25-yard line giving the Jets their first and lasting 10-7 lead. Late in the first half, following a drive to the St. Louis Rams’ 40-yard line after Mark Sanchezs threw a 32-yard pass to Jeremy Kerley, Nick Folk made an another 51-yard field goal.
The New York Jets offense capitalized on the following kickoff when St. Louis Rams safety Rodney McLeod was flagged for a shoddy holding call on Chaz Schilens, which rescinded receiver Chris Givens’ 98-yard touchdown.
Neither team managed to score in the third quarter. The New York Jets supplemented their lead in the fourth quarter after backup running back Bilal Powell scored on a 5-yard draw play on third-and-goal. With 14:16 remaining March Sanchez threw an 18-yard pass to tight end Konrad Reuland on third-and-3 from the St. Louis Rams’ 23-yard line to bump the score form 20-7. Bilal Powell again rushed for 11-yards to score a touchdown that set the New York Jets for 27-7.
The New York Jets next face AFC East-top team, New England Patriots on Thanksgiving night at MetLife Stadium.