Jets 24, Giants 21, OT
Rookie Geno Smith may end up being the Jets’ No. 1 quarterback
After shaky performance in his first NFL start, Smith might have
backed into the starting job Saturday night when Mark Sanchez hurt
his right shoulder late in the fourth quarter in a 24-21 overtime
win over the Giants.
Jets coach Rex Ryan refused to disclose the nature of Sanchez’s
injury after the annual game for the bragging rights of New
Sanchez (5 of 6 for 72 yards and a fumble) lay on the turf for
about a minute after being hit by defensive tackle Marvin Austin
seconds after completing a 23-yard pass to Mohamed Massaquoi.
The Jets’ starter since 2009, Sanchez tried to throw a practice
pass on the sideline, but he shook his head after making one short
toss – possibly a shake-off that gives Smith (16 of 32 for 199 and
three interceptions) the starting job.
Sanchez had an X-ray of the shoulder and will have an MRI on
Sunday. He left the stadium right after the game and was not
available for comment, but his clothes remained hanging in his
”We’re going to compete all the way through,” Ryan said when
asked whether Smith was his No. 1 at this point.
”From Day 1 I said we will make the announcement on the
starting quarterback when we think it’s the appropriate time
Billy Cundiff won the game with a 32-yard field goal with 8:04
left in overtime. His first attempt from 40 yards missed, but
Giants coach Tom Coughlin had called time out. The Jets ran two
plays and Cundiff was good the second time.
It’s the only time the rivals will meet this year unless they
qualify for the cold-weather Super Bowl here in February. The way
the Jets and Giants played, it’s highly unlikely.
The story was the Jets’ quarterbacks.
Smith struggled, and then Sanchez got hurt, putting his status
is suddenly in question two weeks before the season opener. The
only guy who looked good for the Jets was Matt Simms.
The quarterback situation has been the No. 1 question mark for
Ryan’s team since training camp opened. If Smith is the guy, he
didn’t look ready for prime time on Saturday.
”As long as Rex and the committee are evaluating us, I think I
have a shot,” said Smith, who stepped out of the end zone in the
fourth quarter and gave the Giants a safety. ”As I stated, I don’t
think one game, one practice or one day will tell you the type of
quarterback I am.”
Simms, the son of former Giants quarterback Phil Simms, looked
good in mop-up action. He was 6 of 10 for 120 yards, hooking up
with Ryan Spadola on a 70-yard pass play to set up the winning
The Jets blew a chance to end the game earlier in overtime when
Nick Folk was wide right on a 39-yarder shortly after Da’Rel Scott
lost a fumble.
Smith showed his potential when he threw a 22-yard touchdown
pass to Ben Obomanu on the Jets’ second possession, and led a
57-yard drive against the Giants’ backups in the third quarter that
gave the Jets a lead. Bilal Powell capped that drive with a 2-yard
David Wilson provided the highlight for the Giants. The
second-year running back took a handoff from Eli Manning (8 of 20
for 83 yards) on the Giants’ first possession and used a block by
Hakeem Nicks to sprint 84 yards down the left sideline.
”That’s what he gives this team, the opportunity to hit some
big plays,” said Manning, who was 8 of 20 for 83 yards. ”He’s an
explosive back with a lot of speed, and when he gets an opening he
can make things happen.”
After Sanchez was hurt, Simms took over.
Following a short punt by Steve Weatherford that gave the Jets
the ball at the Giants 37, Simms threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to
Spadola for a 21-18 lead.
Curtis Painter played the second half and OT in a bid to replace
David Carr as Manning’s backup. He led a 10-play, 64-yard drive
that tied the game on Josh’s Brown’s fourth field goal, a 40-yarder
with 37 seconds to play.
Brown’s other field goals covered 40, 33 and 50 yards.
First-half interceptions by Prince Amukamara and Stevie Brown on
a play in which he sprained his left knee gave the Giants the ball
inside Jets territory. Brown hit a 40-yarder after Brown’s pick,
but the offense never looked cohesive.
”It’s something we’ll work on, see what’s holding us back, what
adjustment we need to make,” Manning said.
The Giants’ best drive came late in the half. Manning sandwiched
passes of 20 yards to Jerrel Jernigan and 34 to Nicks around a
23-yard pass interference penalty against Kyle Wilson to get a
first-and-goal at the Jets 4. Three plays netted 2 yards and
Manning’s fourth-down pass to Nicks was broken up by Dawan
NOTES: The severity of Brown’s injury was not known after the
game. Giants back CB Jayron Hosley sprained an ankle. … Jets G
Vlad Ducasse left the game early with an undisclosed injury. ..
Wilson finished with five rushes for 92 yards. … Jernigan had
five catches for 66 yards. … The Jets had five turnovers, four
more than the Giants.
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