The New York Jets are 3-2. The Atlanta Falcons are 1-4. Just like we all expected right?
Geno Smith beautifully led the Jets during a two-minute drill to set up a 43-yard game-winning field goal from Nick Folk to give New York a 30-28 win over the Falcons on Monday night.
Matt Ryan had just led the Falcons on a 69-yard scoring drive, culminating with a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Levine Toilolo, to give the Falcons a 28-27 lead. Smith took over with 1:54 left to play and marched the Jets down the field. Smith was 4 for 4 on the final drive with a scramble of eight yards as well as the Jets moved from their own 20-yard line to the Falcons 25.
Folk then drilled the field goal inside the left upright to give the Jets their third victory of the season.
Smith finished the night 16 of 20 with 199 yards and three touchdowns with a passer rating of 147.7.
A decision by Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith to end the first half came back to haunt the Falcons. Trailing 17-7, Atlanta elected to go for a touchdown on the final play of the half from the Jets’ 1-yard line instead of kicking the 19-yard field goal. Jaquizz Rodgers was stonewalled by the Jets and the Falcons left points on the board. Those extra three points proved crucial as the Jets needed only a field goal to win the game and not a touchdown on their final possession of the game.
The Falcons have now lost more games this season than they did all of last year, including losses at home to the New England Patriots and New York Jets in consecutive weeks.