Final Score: Jets 30 – Falcons 28

NFL: New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons

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The Jets dominated the first half, scoring 17 points and capping the half by stoning the Falcons on a 4th & 1 run from the Jets one yard line with one second remaining. In the second half the Jets struggled to keep the momentum of the first half alive as the Falcons regained some life.  The Falcons led for the first time with 1:54 remaining in the game on a “Matty Ice” drive to put the Jets backs to the wall.

Coming in response to a Matt Ryan touchdown drive, Nick Folk won the game for the Jets on a field goal after the Jets drive that lasted the final 1:54 of the game thanks to a clutch drive from Geno Smith.

Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez were the offensive bright spots for the Falcons.  Gonzalez went for 97 yards on 10 catches while Jones had 99 yards on 8 catches. Neither had a touchdown.

Geno was statistically perfect in the first half, but had a tougher time in the second when the Falcons did a better job of bringing pressure. The Falcons tallied three sacks during the second half.

After thirty penalties in the last two weeks, the Jets did a great job in corralling the penalties this week, letting up just six fouls for 24 yards.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

ZERO TURNOVERS. This is the type of team that the Jets can be if they don’t turn the ball over. Great efficient game. Great and efficient … though slightly frightening at times …

Credit Geno Smith, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley for getting the majority of the yards in the air (and on one QB scamper) to set up the final field goal. This might be the best win for Geno Smith so far this year, as it came in a high-pressure situation and in which he demonstrated care with the football, but also drove the ball down the field for a game-winning kick.

While the Bills win was notable, this one coming on Monday Night Football was much more convincing against a quality starting quarterback and some well-known weapons on offense.

Defensively, the Jets pressured Matt Ryan all night. While Ryan didn’t take many sacks (just two), his passing options were severely limited until late in the fourth quarter. Over the course of the game, by the time the defensive line allowed Matt Ryan to hit his dumpoffs, they were for naught as the Jets secondary and linebackers teed up on the running backs in the passing game during the majority of the night.

Richardson and Wilkerson played out of their minds. Muhammad Wilkerson played well against an overmatched offensive line, tallying a sack, a forced fumble, two tackles for loss and seven total tackles. In addition, Wilkerson was around the ball much at least two of which came for loss and he almost batted the shovel pass on the Snelling touchdown. Richardson is quickly making his bid for why he should be defensive rookie of the year, and this game was a great chance for him to showcase his game on a national stage.

Jeff Cumberland had one of his best games as a pro, catching a touchdown and leading the team in yards with 79 on three catches.

The Jets threw the kitchen sink at the Falcons offensively. The Jets used Wildcat plays, shotgun, pistol, inverted wishbone, speed breaks and even used Sheldon Richardson as a fullback on the Winslow touchdown. Mornhinweg had a great offensive plan to play to Geno’s strengths but without didn’t exposing his rookie. Mornhinweg knew when to press the gas pedal with the quarterback, but used his three headed running attack well over the course of the game. Look for a better mix over in the backfield with the return of Mike Goodson and a healthy Chris Ivory.

The newcomers acquitted themselves well. Mike Goodson had a huge outside run for 26 yards and 32 yards total with a catch. Brian Winters started his first game as a linemen and while he did allow one sack, he tread water for the most part. David Nelson had two catches for nine yards in his first week with the team.

Rex Ryan and Geno Smith discuss the Jets’ 30-28 win

The Jets head home for a 1PM matchup next Sunday against the 0-4 Pittsburgh Steelers, who are coming off a bye.