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Ten plays that shaped the season (No. 5)

1/14/2014

We're counting down the 10 most important plays of the New York Jets' season. After presenting numbers six through 10 in one post, we'll take it one at a time from five to one.

Play No. 5: Nick Folk delivers in Atlanta.

A heavy underdog in their only appearance on "Monday Night Football," the Jets staged a frantic rally in the final two minutes, beating the Falcons, 30-28, on Folk's 43-yard field goal as time expired in Week 3.

Rookie quarterback Geno Smith was masterful on the last drive, completing 5 of 5 passes for 45 yards. On the seventh play of the drive, which covered 55 yards, Bilal Powell made one of the unsung plays of the season, a 6-yard run after slipping a would-be tackle in the backfield. That set up Folk, who made the second of three game-winning field goals for the season.

The win added a sense of legitimacy to the Jets' surprising start. At the time, the Falcons were considered a top team. Who knew they'd bottom out? I remember talking to ESPN analyst Jon Gruden on the morning of the game, and he absolutely felt the Jets had a chance to pull off the upset. "Chucky" turned out to be right.