Brien kicks game-winner

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- LaMont Jordan reminded the New York Jets
at halftime just how devastating a loss would be.

"One team's season is going to end today," Jordan told them,
"and it's not going to be ours."

Question on the Jets: Is LaMont Jordan ready to handle the load for the Jets?
Jordan can handle the load, but he and Curtis Martin would be better off if they shared the duties. It's always a luxury to have two capable running backs sharing the load, and it seems to be one the Jets have.

Question on the Raiders: What areas will be their biggest concerns in the offseason?
The two biggest concerns have to be their offensive style of play and the quarterback position. The Raiders need to make a decision on whether they are going to continue running their version of the West Coast offense. If they choose not to and go with a more vertical attack, then Rich Gannon may not be the best choice for this offense.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Jordan took his own words to heart, igniting a remarkable rally
when he ran 2 yards for a touchdown with 14:20 left. The Jets kept
coming, overcame an 11-point deficit and beat the Oakland Raiders
27-24 in overtime Sunday.

Chad Pennington threw a 3-yard scoring pass to Jerald Sowell
with 1:09 left and completed the 2-point conversion pass to Anthony
Becht to force OT. Then Doug Brien kicked a 38-yard field goal in
the extra period.

"This is special," Pennington said. "The Raiders had a
blueprint to beat us, and everyone counted us out. But we won!"

The Jets were ecstatic, dancing on the field after Brien's kick
cleared the uprights.

New York is all too familiar with frustrating finishes in
Oakland. The Jets have come west to play the Raiders six times in
five years, and had lost four of the last five.

Brien made up for his botched field goal in a 31-28 overtime
loss to the Giants last Sunday. He wasn't ready for the snap and
had a 51-yard field goal blocked.

He got another chance as even backup QB Vinny Testaverde made an
impact -- calling heads on the overtime coin toss to give the Jets
the ball first.

Brien woke up at 5 a.m. every day this week, agonizing over his
mistake, so he was thrilled to get another chance. Especially
because the former Cal kicker had 30 friends in the stands.

"It was one of the longest weeks in my life," he said. "I've
been kicking really well, but it was tormenting me all week. But it
feels great to do it here. It goes through your head, bits and
pieces run through your mind."

For Pennington, back as the starter for his second game after
breaking his wrist in the preseason, this win was especially
gratifying. He had one of his worst outings in New York's 30-10
playoff loss to the Raiders 10 months ago that propelled Oakland
into the AFC championship game.

Pennington went 18-for-27 for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He
fumbled three times, but the Jets (3-6) recovered each one. They
recovered some confidence, too, after the worst start in coach
Herman Edwards' tenure.

The Jets sent the Raiders to their fifth straight loss despite
an admirable job by quarterback Rick Mirer and an overpowering
running attack that staked the Raiders to a 21-10 first-half lead.

Mirer efficiently guided the Raiders in his first start since
struggling with the Jets four years ago. Tyrone Wheatley carried 23
times for 75 yards, but the Raiders' rush defense flopped in the

After allowing only 12 yards to the Jets on the ground in the
first half, New York ran for 143 after halftime.

The Raiders (2-7), off to their worst start since beginning
1-6-1 in 1964, opened the game with 21 straight rushes before Mirer
completed a 17-yard pass to Jerry Rice almost 19 minutes in.

Rice finished with four catches for 41 yards -- not nearly enough
if you ask the 19-year veteran.

"The coaches have to give you the opportunity," the
41-year-old Rice said. "I haven't had the opportunities this year.
It's just unfortunate. I have a hard time dealing with it."

Curtis Martin was limited to 61 yards on 19 carries and ran for
minus-4 yards on his first three attempts and the Jets had to punt.
Phillip Buchanon took the punt off a bounce and broke three tackles
for a 78-yard touchdown, the Raiders' first score off a kickoff or
punt return this season.

The Jets came back with a big play 58 seconds later. Pennington
hit Santana Moss, who seemed in trouble when defensive end
DeLawrence Grant spun him 360 degrees -- and propelled him straight
for the end zone. Moss broke free for a 65-yard TD.

Moss caught six passes for 146 yards.

Mirer, 33, became the starter because the Raiders' top two QBs --
2002 MVP Rich Gannon and backup Marques Tuiasosopo -- are hurt,
Tuiasosopo out for the season with a torn left knee ligament.
Gannon has a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and isn't
expected back for at least another week.

Raiders running back Charlie Garner left on Oakland's first
series with a strained lower back. Zack Crockett, Wheatley and
Justin Fargas and ran 19 straight rushing plays to take a 14-7 lead
on Crockett's 1-yard TD on fourth down.

Four plays earlier, Fargas lost the ball and the Jets recovered
in the end zone for a touchback. But the Raiders won a replay

Mirer threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Porter 34 seconds
before halftime, Porter's first TD of the season and the first
red-zone score by an Oakland receiver.

Game notes
Wheatley's 23 rushing attempts were the most by a
Raiders back this year. Garner carried 15 times twice. ... During
overtime, Martin went over 11,000 yards rushing for his career, the
13th NFL player to do so. ... Mirer completed 18 of 25 passes for
186 yards and one TD.


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