The New York Jets defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season opener behind the foot of Nick Folk, who hit a 48-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining.
The Jets were down 17-15 when Geno Smith and the Jets offense took the field on the 20-yard line with under a minute remaining. Smith completed a pass to Kellen Winslow for 25 yards to get the ball close to midfield. On the next play, Smith took off, trying to get into field goal range when he was hit out of bounds at the Tampa Bay 47 yard line. The hit was deemed late by the officiating crew, and the result was a 15-yard personal foul penalty.
Nick Folk lined up and booted the ball right down the middle for the Jets’ first win of the season.
The Jets breathed a sigh of relief after fighting their tails off all game. Geno Smith was 24 of 38 for 256 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a sack that resulted in a fumble. With that being said, Smith and the Jets fought on offense all day. It was ugly at times but Smith got the offense going when he needed to. Smith rushed for 47 yards and as a result result was the Jets leading rusher.
Santonio Holmes played but was not very effective. The impact player on the Jets? No other than free agent pick up tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. who caught 7 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
On the other side of the ball the defense held Josh Freeman to 210 yards passing and halted Doug Martin to only 65 yards rushing. The Jets were very impressive up front and forced a safety in the first half to get the Jets on the board.
The Jets simply refused to let the Buccaneers get anything going on offense. They sacked Freeman 3 times and forced an interception. The defense kept the Jets in the game and Smith delivered a clutch drive for the team as time ran out.
The Jets travel to New England Thursday and hope that the defense can control Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. Smith will get his first road test against arguably the greatest quarterback-coach tandem of all time. The Jets will need to keep it low scoring if they want a chance to improve to 2-0 and shock the NFL world.