The Jets were far (very far) from perfect, but they still erased a 14-point 4th quarter defect to beat the Cowboys 27-24.
“It shows you the resolve of our football team,” said Rex Ryan at the team’s post-game press conference. The Cowboys had never lost a game in their 51 year history when leading by at least 14 points or more in the 4th quarter. But they’d never gone up against the Jets under Rex Ryan.
Beating the Cowboys wasn’t easy. “Obviously, we have a ton of work to do,” said Ryan. He’s right. The offensive line, particularly Wayne Hunter, played poorly. Sanchez fumbled and threw a pick. The run game was nonexistent and Cromartie gave up two touchdowns.
But the Jets did enough to win and made big plays when they needed them. Joe McKnight blocked a punt that Isaiah Trufant ran in for a touchdown. The defense recovered a fumble that prevented a Cowboys score and Revis intercepted Tony Romo, setting up the game winning score.
Nick Folk got revenge against the team that cut him when he drilled a 50-yard field goal at the end of the game. During the press conference, Ryan stressed how proud he was of his players’ “resolve” and how the game was a complete team effort.
It’s just 1-0, but it’s a big 1-0 considering the way the game went and that it was an important game for the Jets because it was the 10th anniversary of September 11th. Ryan and the Jets didn’t let New York City down. ”This one was for our community, too,” said Ryan.
The Jets will carry the momentum from beating Dallas into next Sunday, when they’ll play a Jaguars team that isn’t as good as the Cowboys. Expect a much better game from Gang Green…and another win.