Monday, November 4, 2013
Drive of the Game: Ivory and Folk
By Rich Cimini
An examination of the key drive in the New York Jets' 26-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints:
The Drive: The Jets took a 26-17 lead with 11:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, thanks to an eight-play, 53-yard drive that culminated with Nick Folk's fourth field goal.
The Situation: The Saints had just cut the Jets' lead to six points with a long field goal by Garrett Hartley. A six-point lead against Drew Brees & Co., with more than a quarter to play, is nothing. The Jets, coming off a three-and-out, got the ball at their 19-yard line with 1:40 remaining in the third quarter. They needed to make something happen.
What Happened: Chris Ivory happened -- again. He ran four times for 46 yards, including a 30-yarder around left end on the final play of the third quarter. That run dramatically changed the field position, and Ivory followed it up with another 11-yard gain. Staying conservative, the Jets kept the ball on the ground, overcoming a holding penalty on rookie LG Brian Winters that temporarily pushed them out of field-goal range. Bilal Powell delivered his most important run of the day, nine yards, getting them in position for Folk, who converted a 45-yard field goal -- his 23rd straight with no misses.
The Impact: The field goal made it a two-possession game, changing the strategy on both sides. The Jets' defense took over, limiting the high-scoring Saints to only a field goal on their final three possessions.