AFC East: Drive of the game

Drive of the game: Only 13 seconds

September, 8, 2014
9/08/14
1:45
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- A look back at the key drive in the New York Jets' 19-14 win against the Oakland Raiders:

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The Drive: It was short and sweet -- one play, Chris Ivory's 71-yard touchdown run with 8:03 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Situation: The Jets, clinging to a 13-7 lead, took over at their 29-yard line, looking for a long, time-consuming possession to secure the victory. Ivory was in the game because he's their late-game, ball-control back, a 220-pound bruiser who can wear down a defense. Tired defenders tend to shy away from Ivory because of his powerful and violent running style.

What Happened: Working out of a three-receiver set, Geno Smith handed to Ivory on a basic zone play. The Raiders read the play, slanting to their right. Ivory made a nice cutback at the point of attack, hitting a hole created by right guard Willie Colon, who blocked rookie defensive tackle Justin Ellis out of the play.

Ivory got to the second level, received a nice block from right tackle Breno Giacomini and made another nifty cutback to the right. He broke a couple of tackles and displayed his better-than-advertised speed. He got carried away, making a celebratory pointing gesture around the 35-yard line -- and almost got caught from behind. Yeah, that would've been really embarrassing.

The entire play, start to finish, took 13 seconds. It was the longest run of Ivory's career, and tied for the second-longest scoring run in team history.

The Impact: The Jets took a 19-7 lead after a failed two-point conversion, all the cushion they needed against rookie quarterback Derek Carr.

Drive of the Game: Jets end TD drought

December, 9, 2013
12/09/13
10:30
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- A look at the key drive in the New York Jets' 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders:

The Drive: Geno Smith threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley in the first quarter, giving the Jets a 10-0 lead. It was a three-play, 58-yard drive.

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The Situation: This was huge on a few levels. On the previous possession, Smith threw his 20th interception. Rex Ryan later said he was muttering to himself on the sideline, "You've got to be kidding me." The crowd was booing; the pro-Matt Simms contingent was getting ready to be heard again. The Jets had gone eight-plus quarters without a touchdown. These were desperate times.

What Happened: The Jets began the drive by throwing out of a run formation -- a play-action out of a three-tight end package. Smith rolled to his right and hit Kellen Winslow for 30 yards, taking a hit from linebacker Sio Moore in the process. After a run by Bilal Powell, the Jets employed a seldom-used personnel grouping -- no running backs, one tight end and four wide receivers. Smith threw into the end zone for the 5-foot-9 Kerley, who played big by winning a "jump ball" play for the touchdown.

The Impact: Big, big, big. It was Smith's first touchdown pass since before Halloween. The offense had 129 plays and 141 minutes, 19 seconds in elapsed time without a touchdown. It sparked the team, which went on to one of its better offensive days of the season.

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