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Notes and Quotes from Jets Victory over New England

Here are some note and quotes from the New York Jets 30-27 overtime victory over the New England Patriots.

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Jets Debut:

Ninth-year WR Josh Cribbswho was signed earlier this week (10/15), made his Jets debut and returned three punts for 44 yards (14.7 avg.), one kickoff for 17 yards and had three carries for 14 yards out of the Wildcat formation.

Overtime:

With their 30-27 victory, the Jets have improved their overtime record to 4-2 under Coach Ryan. The win was the Jets first since 09/23/12 when they won at MIA.

Rushing Yards and Time of Possession:

The Jets amassed 52 rushing attempts for 177 yards and maintained possession for 46:13. The 52 rushing attempts are the highest since 01/03/10 when the team totaled 57 vs. CIN. The time of possession is the highest since the team held the ball for 47:08 at CLV (11/14/10), also an overtime game.

Runs and Completions:

The Jets held a 69-42 advantage for combined runs and completions. The team tallied 52 rushing attempts and 17 completions while the Patriots registered 20 rushing attempts and 22 completions. The 69 runs and completions were the most the Jets had in a game since the tallied 72 (27 completions, 45 rushing attempts) at CLV (11/14/10) in overtime.

Geno Smith:

For the second time this season, rookie QB Geno Smith ran and threw for a touchdown in the same game. Smith finished 17-of-33 passing for 233 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He added six carries for 32 yards, including a 14-yard run on third-and-14 that set up his eight-yard touchdown run two plays later.

Second-Half Defense:

In eight drives in the second half/overtime, the Jets defense held the Patriots to five punts, two field goals and an interception which they returned for a touchdown. Five of the Patriots second-half/overtime drives went four plays or less, including three straight three-and-outs in the third quarter and a four-play drive that began overtime.

In the second half, the Jets defense limited Patriots QB Tom Brady to 11-of-28 passing for 126 yards and an interception for a quarterback rating of 38.7, while sacking him three times. This marked the first time since the initial 2009 meeting between the Jets and Patriots that Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass.

Third-Down Defense:

The Jets held New England to one-for-12 on third-down (8%), the lowest third-down conversion percentage the team has allowed since holding ARZ to zero-of-15 on third down (12/02/12). In two games this season, the Jets have held the Patriots to five-for-30 (16.7%) on third down.

Nick Folk:

K Nick Folk’s 42-yard game-winning field goal in overtime expiring marked his third game-winner of the season and seventh game-winner since joining the Jets: at MIA (09/23/12), vs. DAL (09/11/11), Wild Card game at IND (01/08/11) and at DET (11/07/10), vs. TB (09/08/13), at ATL (10/07/13). Folk remained perfect on the season, connecting on all three of his field goal attempts. After making tries of 37, 37 and 42 yards out, Folk is now 16-of-16 on field goal attempts in 2013.

Quotes:

Geno Smith:

On Coach David Lee telling him earlier in the week that his ability to run with the football would be the difference in the game:

“I think Coach Lee may have a good job being a psychic or something because he did tell me that and he said it early on in the week. When he says it, I’m usually like, ‘Yeah, we don’t know how the game’s going to go.” But, he was 100 percent right. It took a lot of effort from every single guy in this locker room to get this victory. The defense played phenomenal. The offensive line basically put us on their backs late in the game. Chris (Ivory) ran the ball extremely tough. Wide receivers did a great job, so it took every single man to get the victory today.”

Whether winning a game like this signifies that he’s made big progress as a quarterback:

“I mean, every single win is big. My progress is judged by my decision making and the way that I improve in that area. That comes with patience. That comes with time and a ton of reps, a ton of game reps. But, I think I’ve improved steadily from week-to-week. Now I don’t think my games have been telling of that, but I do believe that I’ve been improving.”

On what it means for the team to have just beaten the team that’s first place in the division:

“I think it says that we’re a tough team. We don’t look at any records. We go out there and we fight and we fight as a team. That’s every single week, that’s our mantra. That’s what Rex (Ryan) wants us to do and that’s what we try and do every week.”

What a win like this means for this team:

“I think every single win is graded out about equal, but I think this one means a little bit more to us. You could just get that feeling in the locker room and around the community. Everyone knows about this rivalry. I think it’s a great one because it’s always two well-prepared teams. They usually know one another and it takes a last second field goal or something like that in the end.”

Nick Folk:

On the thrill of winning in overtime over New England:

“It’s good. Any time we can get a win is good. I’m excited after every win, not just the ones I get to kick a game winner. I’m excited all the time whenever we get the chance to win. It’s tough to come by some wins sometimes, and luckily for us this year, we’re putting some good ones together.”

Rex Ryan:

On the thrill of winning in overtime over New England:

“It’s good. Any time we can get a win is good. I’m excited after every win, not just the ones I get to kick a game winner. I’m excited all the time whenever we get the chance to win. It’s tough to come by some wins sometimes, and luckily for us this year, we’re putting some good ones together.”

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