By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets lost a heartbreaker, this time in a back-and-forth game, including another fourth quarter failure, that ended with a 32-27 win by the Carolina Panthers.
Jets quarterback Josh McCown had 19 completions for 307 yards and three touchdowns, but a costly fumble that was returned for a Panthers touchdown. Bilal Powell rushed for 34 yards on nine attempts, while McCown added 28 rushing yards, Forté 26 and McGuire 21. Robby Anderson had an amazing game receiving with 146 yards on six catches, as well as two touchdowns. Kearse had 105 yards with a touchdown, and the rest of the team had 52 yards. With these statistics, it’s even more upsetting the Jets lost.
After a Cam Newton touchdown run, followed by a missed PAT, the Panthers led 9-3. After this, Anderson worked his magic and had two receiving touchdowns, one from 33, the other from 54 to give the Jets a 17-12 lead. Jonathan Stewart had a two-yard scoring run followed by a failed two-point conversion to give Carolina the lead back, 18-17. Chandler Catanzaro made a field goal to give the Jets the lead back, 20-17.
After that, McCown’s major flaw showed once again, fumbling the football, and Luke Kuechly recovered it and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown. A successful two-point try put Carolina up 26-20. Then, it got worse. Panthers punt returner Kaelin Clay went 60 yards for a touchdown on a Jets punt and Carolina led 32-20 after another failed two-pointer.
The Jets managed to drive downfield and get a three-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse to cut the deficit to 32-27 with 5:32 remaining. The Panthers started to kill the clock from there, and along with it, the Jets’ timeouts. With 1:09 remaining, the Jets stopped the Panthers on a third down from the Jets’ 48, which should have meant New York getting the ball back with plenty of time to drive for the winning score. But Mike Pennel, playing for the injured Steve McLendon, hit Newton late, and the Panthers were gifted a first down.
The Panthers ended up kicking a field goal with 22 seconds. With three seconds left, the Jets threw a short pass to Jermaine Kearse, who ran about 11 yards, and then went down, ending the game in the worse way possible, and sealing the loss.
So in the game, stars emerged, and it wasn’t a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, but the Jets couldn’t get the win after another fourth-quarter collapse. The Jets will face the Chiefs and Darrelle Revis at MetLife next week. If the Chiefs continue their streak of recent play, the Jets should have the chance to win. If the Jets face the Chiefs team that went 5-0, they’ll be in a heap of trouble.