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Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Top Raiders, Stay Alive in AFC

The New York Jets and Geno Smith bounced back from an awful performance last week to top the Oakland Raiders, 37-27. Smith finished the game 16/25 for 219 yards with a TD, a rushing TD, and a pick. The Jets were 7/13 on third down, which is much more efficient than their previous few games. For the Raiders, Matt McGloin threw 18/31 for 245 yards for 2 TDs and an interception. His passer rating of 91.5 topped Geno Smith’s of 88.6. Ed Reed’s interception of McGloin was his first since the Super Bowl.

The first half was dominated by the Jets. They opened the scoring with a 41-yard field goal by Nick Folk, followed by a 25-yard Geno Smith TD pass to Jeremy Kerley. The Raiders were able to work in a 41-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal early in the second quarter, but the Jets answered with a 23-yard field goal of their own. Perhaps the highlight of the game came late in the first half when Antonio Allen blocked a Raiders punt and returned the ball for a Jets touchdown.

The Raiders kicked off the second half by Marcel Reece springing free and running for a 63-yard touchdown. Reece had 19 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown on the day. The Jets leading rusher of the day was Chris Ivory, who had 18 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown. Oakland receiver Rod Streater had a monster day with 7 receptions for 130 yards and a TD.

With the win, the Jets improve to 6-7 and are still in the hunt for the final wild card spot of the AFC playoffs.

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