In what should have been a lopsided Monday night football contest turned out to be a very close match-up between the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons. The Jets took an early 3-0 lead by a Nick Folk field goal, but the Falcons were determined to come back. Jason Snelling caught a TD pass from Matt Ryan early in the second to put the Falcons up 7-3. Geno Smith proved the haters wrong by quickly following with two TD passes to bump the Jets back into a lead of 17-7, after scoring passes to Jeff Cumberland and Jeremy Kerley.
In the third quarter, the Falcons mounted the comeback with a Jacquizz Rodgers TD to decrease the Jets’ lead to 17-14, but the Jets answered with a Nick Folk field goal from 36-yards out to make the score 20-14. The fourth quarter saw a frenzy of scoring, first with the Jets increasing their lead with a Kellen Winslow TD pass from Geno Smith to go up 27-14, a seemingly insurmountable score, but the Falcons weren’t done yet. Jacquizz Rodgers ran in his second TD of the night, followed by a Matt Ryan TD pass to the rookie TE Levine Toilolo, to give the Falcons a lead of 28-27 with less than two minutes left. Geno Smith put the team on his back and rushed the Jets into field goal range, where Nick Folk kicked a game-winning field goal to seal the Jets victory, 30-28.
Geno Smith was an incredible 16/20 for 199 yards and 3 TDs with no picks, and finished for a near-perfect passer rating of 147.7. Matt Ryan played well and finished 36/45 for 319 yards and 2 TDs, but the defense wasn’t able to get the job done against a determined Jet squad. This loss knocks the Falcons to 1-4, which all but puts their playoff expectations in doubt since the division-rival Saints are 5-0 with no signs of slowing down. They could fight for a wild-card spot, but the NFC is extremely competitive and it would require a complete defensive turn-around by the Falcons along with some luck to accomplish this task. Meanwhile, the Jets move to 3-2 and tie the Miami Dolphins for second in the AFC East, falling short in the tie-breaker due to their 1-1 divisional record so far.