Instead of a bell, it was the thud from Mason Crosby's foot exploding into a football, driving it 40 yards through the goal posts.
A game touted as a Super Bowl XLV preview was, quite possibly, amongst the worst 60 minutes in the history of National Football League matchups. And the New York Jets made slightly more mistakes than did the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon, losing 9-0 at The Meadowlands.
The Jets fell to 5-2 and will have road games at Detroit and Cleveland the next two Sundays. Green Bay improved to 5-3.
Coming off the bye week, the Jets offense was offensive. The Jets had only committed four turnovers in the first six weeks. Against the NFL's 18th ranked defense, the Jets gave the ball away three times. Mark Sanchez only completed 16-of-38 passes for 256 yards. He was intercepted twice and sacked twice for a loss of 15 yards.
Cotchery led the Jets with 89 receiving yards. Dustin Keller was limited to two catches for 45 yards. Santonio Holmes hauled in three passes for 43 yards but dropped a couple passes. Tomlinson grabbed five passes for 37 yards. Braylon Edwards and Greene caught one pass each, for 32 and 10 yards, respectively.
Nick Folk, who entered the game having made 13-of-15 field goal attempts, missed his only opportunity, as he pushed a 37-yarder wide right with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter.
Rex Ryan's clock management did not help matters. He wasted both of the Jets' challenges in the first half. Ryan had also used the three allotted timeouts prior to their penultimate drive of the game. Ryan called for a fake punt on a fourth-and-17 in the first quarter. Weatherford ran for 17 yards before being knocked out of bounds. Later, on consecutive drives in the fourth quarter, he kept the offense on the field instead of punting, and Sanchez threw incompletions.
The lone reason that the margin of victory was as narrow as it was, was the performance of the Jets' defense.
The explosive Packers were limited to three Mason Crosby field goals. His 20-yard field goal in the first quarter was all the scoring the Packers would need, but Crosby added 41-yard and 40-yard field goals in the fourth quarter for good measure. Crosby did miss a 45-yard field goal attempt before halftime.