Sunday, December 7, 2014

In spirited effort vs. Vikings, Jets still find way to lose


The New York Jets found another creative way to lose Sunday, surrendering an 87-yard screen pass for a touchdown in overtime in a 30-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Jarius Wright caught Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's sort pass on third down, and Wright ran straight to pay dirt with the Jets in zero coverage.

Gang Green fell to 2-11 with the defeat.

Jets quarterback Geno Smith got the afternoon off to a Geno Smith-like start, throwing a pick-six to Gerald Hodges on the game's first play from scrimmage. Smith, however, bounced back and put together a pretty solid game, going 18 for 29 for 254 yards through the air and adding 33 yards on six rushing attempts.

The game marked Jets receiver Percy Harvin's first return to Minnesota, at least for football purposes, and he made the visit to his former team count. Havin hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Smith and totaled 124 yards on six catches.

However, the speedster hurt his angle in the fourth quarter.

Nick Folk was good on five field goals for the Jets, the last coming with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter to knot it at 24-24. Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a 56-yard field goal and missed another earlier.

Jets second-year defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was the star defensively for the Jets, tallying three sacks, including a safety. Jaiquawn Jarrett added an interception.

Gang Green was again stellar rushing the ball, amassing 168 yards on the ground. However, Chris Ivory lost a fumble just outside the goal line, marking 14 points the Jets gave up to turnovers.

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