Drive of the Game: Last-second heroics

September, 9, 2013
9/09/13
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The situation: The Jets trailed 17-15 with 34 seconds left and the ball at their own 20-yard line. They'd have to move the ball approximately 45 yards to have a chance to win.

Jeff Skopin / ESPN New YorkJets QB Geno Smith rushed six times for 47 yards vs. the Bucs.
The outcome: The Jets went 50 yards in just five plays and 32 seconds to stun the Buccaneers and begin their season 1-0.

The drive started with an incomplete pass, but the next play proved to be critical as Kellen Winslow grabbed a 25-yard strike to put the Jets at their own 45-yard line with 15 seconds left. Smith quickly spiked the ball.

The next play was the turning point of the game, and a controversial one. With no play developing, quarterback Geno Smith ran for 10 yards and toward the right sideline. As Smith stepped out of bounds, Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David shoved him. David was called for a personal foul. That play resulted in a 25-yard gain and the Jets were in field goal position with seven seconds left. David said after the game he was surprised he'd been flagged.

The rest is history. Nick Folk booted a 48-yarder to put the Jets ahead 18-17 with two seconds left, and they survived the ensuing kickoff.

The impact: Rookie QB Smith won his career debut, and even more impressive, has a comeback win to his name. The Jets were consistently labeled as one of the NFL's worst teams all preseason, but at least for one game they could revel in a nice victory.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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