With placekicker Billy Cundiff vying against incumbent starter Nick Folk this preseason, things didn't exactly go according to plan for the Jets' special teams unit Saturday night. Both Folk and Cundiff missed opportunities to seal the win in overtime with chip shot field goals in wild overtime preseason thriller at MetLife Stadium.
On the first play of overtime, Giants' running back Da'Rel Scott fumbled on his own 25-yard line, setting the Jets' up with prime field position. Three plays later, Folk booted a 39-yarder through the uprights, but Big Blue called timeout before the ball was snapped. Folk's subsequent try sailed wide right; prolonging the extra session.
On New York's next offensive possession, Matt Simms connected with wideout Zach Rogers for a 70-yard gain down to the Giants' 20-yard line. Cundiff had his chance to kick Gang Green to a win, but his kick missed to the right, but the Giants once again called a timeout prior to the attempt. Cundiff talked reporters about his mindset lining up for the potential game-winning kick.
"When you go out there and set up your operation, if you hear the whistle blow, the main goal is to get the snapper to snap it and just take a rep. It doesn't matter if you make it, it doesn't matter if you miss it, just swing your leg and hit the reset button," noted Cundiff.
Cundiff was ready to wipe his mind clear of the missed field goal, before Rex Ryan and company yanked the special teams off the field and put the offense back out; a move that caught Cundiff by surprise.
"Then all of a sudden I'm ready to mentally get back in it because the next one means something and they're like ‘get on the sideline," said Cundiff.
Three plays later Cundiff marched back onto the gridiron ready to right his wrong. In his first season with the Jets, the veteran journey man experienced a first in his 11 years in the NFL.
"It was unusual,". "Every time I feel like I've said I've seen it all, you obviously have an opportunity that presents itself," said Cundiff. "There you go, add that to the list. I think it was a good thing because it got us back into a rhythm. They wasted a timeout so they couldn't ice us the second time, [and] allow[ed] us to get a full operation in so when we knew we were going to kick it we went out there with a full play clock and plenty of time. It was a close field so you go out there and make it."