Gang Green benefitted from big plays in all three phases: offense, defense and special teams. After rookie quarterback Geno Smith threw a first quarter interception, the offense saw a much improved Smith for the remainder of the contest. The young quarterback completed his first passing touchdown in his last 138 passing attempts.
The recipient of the touchdown was receiver Jeremy Kerley who played in his first game since suffering an elbow injury in Week 9. Kerley is now tied for the team lead with three touchdowns receptions on the season.
The defense also got a much needed jolt from a second quarter interception courtesy of safety Ed Reed. The future hall of famer has 62 picks on his career, leading all active players.
Special teams capped off a huge first half with a punt block and recovery for a touchdown from safety Antonio Allen; pushing New York's lead to 20-3. The play marked Allen's second touchdown and second blocked punt on the season.
Allen explained the impact of the block.
"It's a great feeling. It puts the momentum in the team, makes us want to go out there and fight harder and we did that," noted Allen. "(We) came out and got a win. After three losses, it's pretty big."
The Jets safety discussed how he was surprisingly open.
"I was surprised," stated Allen. "I thought the tackle was going to give me some kind of push, but he didn't even touch me, he just let me going right though."
Antonio gave a ton of credit to special teams coordinator, Ben Kotwica regarding the huge play.
"Ben (Kotwica) made a nice play," admitted Allen. "He (had) been talking about the long snapper the whole week, how he doesn't get back to his proper drop." "(I) made a big play (and) got the touchdown as well."