Monday, September 30, 2013
Drive of the Game: A blown chance
By Rich Cimini
A look at the key drive in the New York Jets' 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans:
The situation: The Titans took over at the Jets' 46-yard line with 1:28 remaining in the first half, following Geno Smith's second interception. Despite a poor half, the Jets were still in the game, trailing 17-6.
The drive: The Titans used all but two seconds of the clock, taking a commanding 24-6 lead on Jake Locker's 16-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Justin Hunter. The drive took seven plays, 46 yards. The Jets knew Locker would try a jump-ball pass to Hunter in the end zone, but they still couldn't defend it. Cornerback Darrin Walls was burned on the play.
The impact: This was a crushing score for a couple of reasons. Moments earlier, the Jets forced a three-and-out and used two timeouts, setting themselves up for a potential hurry-up drive at the end of the half. They got the ball in good field position, at their 41, but Smith forced a ball to Santonio Holmes and was intercepted. Just like that, the defense was back on the field. Instead of cutting into an 11-point deficit before halftime, the Jets went to the locker room down by 18 points. It changed the complexion of the game.