At MetLife Stadium on Saturday Night, Gang Green took on the Giants in the annual MetLife Bowl game. This game between both New York teams since the stadium opened three years ago. With bragging rights on the line, the Jets finished the game with great suspense with a field goal by Billy Cundiff in overtime.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith started the game, starting strong but ended very poorly. A few bad passes and a mental error ended his night after a few minutes in the fourth quarter. Then Mark Sanchez took the field; later leaving due to injury. Finally came Matt Simms, the fourth string quarterback, replaced Sanchez and led the team back to win the game.
Matt was the unsung hero of the night, setting up Gang Green to win the game, after replacing the injured Sanchez.
A very special night indeed for Simms, finishing the game 6-for-10 with 120 yards and one touchdown that was crucial for the win Saturday Night. The play that sparked the team late in the fourth quarter was a 22-yard strike from Simms to rookie receiver Ryan Spadola. The touchdown fired Simms up and after the game, he reflected back on the play.
"Technically I wasn't really supposed to throw that, but Ryan did a great job catching in the back window like that," said Simms. "That was one of those things, it was either going to be a great throw or a really bad decision."
After that pass, the son of the former Giant great, Phil Simms, was far from done. He continued to rally the Jets back and set them up for a game winning field goal in OT, but the kick was no good by Nick Folk. After a quick stop by the defense, Simms took the field once more. This time, Simms led the team down the field to set up the game winning 40-yard field goal by Cundiff. During the final drive, Simms connected with Spadola once again, for a 70-yard play. The second year quarterback described the play to reporters after the game and gave credit to Spadola for the eye-popping catch and run/
"That play, just a scramble drill," admitted Simms. "Run out of the pocket and make something happen. Luckily I put enough juice on the ball for Spadola to come back and catch it. He did a great job coming back and making a great play after the catch as well."
Even though Simms has not been in the talks for the starting job, he has definitely opened some eyes with how he has been playing as of late. Simms, last year's fourth quarterback on the roster, has a chance to take the third-string job away from the injured Greg McElroy. If he continues to play well again next week, the hero of Saturday night's game should be in the discussion of starting for Gang Green; that is if Sanchez cannot play due to an injured shoulder.