Tom Coughlin made one of the more head-scratching decisions we’ve seen so far this year in the NFL.
Leading 20-10 with just under 8:50 remaining in the contest, the Giants faced a 4th-and-2 from the Jets 4. Tom Coughlin waived off his field goal unit and elected to keep the offense on the field to try and put the final dagger in Gang Green.
Eli Manning snapped the ball out of the shotgun formation and slung a pass intended for Rueben Randle that was intercepted by defensive back Rontez Miles.
The Jets sidelined erupted and it was just the spark they needed to jumpstart their lackluster offensive attack.
Ryan Fitzpatrick marched his unit 80 yards on 12 plays, but the drive stalled at the Giants 6. Randy Bullock trotted out and booted through a 24 yard field goal to narrow the gap to 7.
The Giants went 3-and-out on their next offensive possession and the Jets took over at their own 29 with 2:40 left in the game.
Once again Fitzpatrick utilized the combination of Brandon Marshall and Bilal Powell to matriculate the ball into Giants territory where he faced a 4-and-6 from their 36. Fitzpatrick dropped back and scrambled past the first down marker to extend the drive and move the Jets inside the red zone.
Two plays later, Fitzpatrick lofted a jump ball for Marshall who boxed out Prince Amukamara for the touchdown.
The Giants ran the remaining 27 seconds off the clock and in the overtime period the Jets won the toss.
With momentum on their side, Gang Green took over at their own 26. Fitzpatrick kept the Jets scoring drive alive twice when he found Decker for an 11-yard gain on 3rd-and-9 from the 27 and then again for a 17-yard gain on 3-and-2 from the Giants 25.
The Jets then threw three straight incompletions and Bullock converted a 31-yarder to give them a three-point edge in the extra session.
On the ensuing kickoff return man Dwayne Harris, who brought back a punt 80 yards for a score on the first play of second quarter, raced up field to the Giants 42.
On 3rd-and-1 from the Jets 49, Odell Beckham Jr. broke free down the sideline, but the ball fell in and out of his grasp for an incompletion.
Visibly frustrated, Beckham kicked the ball back to the official and was assessed a 5-yard delay of game penalty.
On 4th-and-6, Manning tossed a perfect spiral to Beckham who hauled into in beyond the outstretched arms of defensive back Buster Skrines.
From there the Jets defensive held tight, forcing the Giants to send Josh Brown out for a 48-yard attempt. Brown had made all 25 field goals he attempted so far this season including all ten from beyond 40 yards.
On this day, Brown’s field goal sailed wide to the left and saddled the Giants with a devastating loss.
Coughlin's curiious call down by the goal line gave the Jets second life and may have cost this team a chance at a playoff berth.
The Jets pulled off an unlikely comeback to capture the battle for New York and position themselves atop the AFC Wildcard standings with just three games remaining.
he Giants on the other hand, will need help from the Redskins if they hope to remain relevant in the NFC East.