EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Usually you hear all about one team wanting "it" more than the other, but today it often felt like a battle of who wanted it less. The Jets hit bingo on everything they were determined to avoid, special teams breakdowns, lost a fumble on their own 18-yard line, gave up a big play to Odell Beckham Jr. on a blown coverage, the offensive line spent most the day getting dominated and they fell down 10 points before halftime.
And yet, like it has been in all of their losses except against the Raiders, the Jets managed to regroup and climb back into the game, by shutting out the Giants in the second half, and had a chance to tie the game up on their final drive of regulation. Unlike all those losses the Jets didn't actually lose this one as Ryan Fitzpatrick found Brandon Marshall in the end zone to send the game into overtime.
"That dude, he makes my job so easy." Fitzpatrick said. "We got single coverage, which we put him to the wide field and basically just threw it up and said Brandon make a play. (He) came down with it, made it look easy. It's not easy to do, but he made it look easy."
The Jets then started with the ball in overtime and drove right down the field before stalling and settling for a field goal, giving the Giants one last chance, and it looked like the Giants would make good on that chance and extend the game with a field goal, but Josh Brown pushed the 48 yard attempt wide left, his first missed field goal on the season, to give the Jets a big road win, in their own stadium, and keep their playoff hopes alive.
"Yeah, just a bad hit. I have to keep my head down, look through the ball and there's nothing else I can do about it. I have to keep striking the ball," Brown said. "I had made everything, kicking well. I just have to hit that ball like I do every other one. I just didn't get through it like I needed to. It trailed left and stayed just left of the upright."
For once an ugly, sloppy, mistake-riddled game broke in the Jets favor as they improve to 7-5 and drop the Giants to 5-7.
"Like I said before, this is a statement game for us as far as coming from behind and winning one," Eric Decker said. "We've had a couple of opportunities in the past, but to win one this time of the year, we know we made a bunch of mistakes -- and the Giants played well, they put a lot of pressure on Fitzpatrick -- to get the win is big time for us. I thought a lot of guys stepped up and played (well)."
Those guys who stepped up that Decker spoke of, Fitzpatrick went 36-50 for 390 yards and two touchdowns, Marshall caught 12 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, Bilal Powell chipped in with eight catches for 91 yards (with Fitzpatrick under constant duress the Jets relied heavily on the screen game and it most certainly worked) and a touchdown and Decker had eight catches for 101 yards himself.
On defense the Jets made their share of mistakes in the first half, giving up 20 points, but were able to shut the Giants down in the second half thanks to one big stop play after another, none bigger than the play made by Rontez Miles.
With 8:50 left to go in the game, the Giants up 10 points with the ball on the Jets four-yard line, the Giants elected to go for it on fourth-and-two and Miles, recognizing the Giants were running a pick route, jumped underneath the route and made a huge interception which started the Jets run of 13 straight points.
"We were doubling. He ran a pick route, so I jumped the under route. I guess he saw it," Miles said. "He hesitated and I think ( Leger) Douzable added pressure so he (Eli Manning) had to get rid of the ball anyway earlier than he wanted to. Right place, right time and it was in my hand."
And the game was on it's way to being in the Jets hand as they were able to beat the Giants for the first time, in the regular season, in 22 years and improve to 7-5 and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Chris Nimbley is the Editor-in-Chief of JetsInsider.com/NYJScout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@cnimbley), or via email (email@example.com)