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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Ten plays that shaped the season (No. 5)

By Rich Cimini

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.