In the first half the Jets dominated early, bolting out to a 14-0 lead on a pair of beautiful long touchdown drives led by a red hot Sam Darnold. Unfortunately the Jets could not keep the momentum going, as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers came roaring back with 17 points of their own, interrupted only by an Andre Roberts kickoff return for a touchdown. Defense was in short supply in the first half, as both quarterbacks carved up the opposing defenses, resulting in a 21-17 Jets lead at halftime.
In the third quarter the Green Bay Packers got the ball first and Aaron Rodgers led them straight down the field for a field goal, the Packers’ fourth straight drive ending in a score, to make it a 21-20 game in favor of the Jets. At this point the Jets defense simply had no answers for the Packers offense, as the Packers repeatedly went on long scoring drives and Aaron Rodgers dominated the Jets secondary.
Just when it looked like the Packers might take control of the game, the Jets came roaring back. First Sam Darnold led the Jets on a long scoring drive culminating in a touchdown pass to Chris Herndon. Then on the ensuing kickoff Anthony Wint forced a Packers fumble, the Jets recovered deep in Packers territory, and Darnold quickly punched it in with a touchdown pass to Elijah McGuire, making the score 35-20, Jets. The Jets then finally stopped a Packers drive and took over to start the fourth quarter leading by 15 points.
After a Jets three and out the Packers went on a drive ending in a field goal to make the score 35-23, Jets. The Jets were forced to punt on their next drive and Lachlan Edwards pinned the Packers down at their own six yard line. Aaron Rodgers then led the Packers on a 94 yard touchdown drive aided by a rash of Jets penalties. Rodgers ran it in from the one yard line making the score 35-30, Jets.
The Jets couldn’t get much going on their next drive, leaving the Packers more than 3 minutes to try and go 82 yards for a go ahead touchdown. The Jets secondary was helpless to stop Rodgers, giving up yardage by the chunks, as it had all game, as the Packers briskly moved downfield to the Jets one yard line with 1:30 to play. From there the Packers were stopped on three consecutive plays before Aaron Rodgers took it in on a quarterback sneak to give the Packers their first lead of the game with about a minute remaining. An Aaron Rodgers two point conversion gave the Packers a 38-35 lead, completing a huge fourth quarter domination of the Jets, in which the Packers outscored the Jets 18-0.
Just when it looked like a classic Jets collapse was inevitable, Andre Roberts delivered a huge 51 yard kickoff return. A couple of Darnold completions to Chris Herndon moved the Jets into field goal position, and Jason Myers converted for a 38-38 tie, sending the game into overtime.
In overtime the Packers got the ball first and went right down the field. The Jets never got the ball in overtime as Rodgers led a 75 yard touchdown drive for a scintillating comeback win by the Packers.
Thus was a great effort by Sam Darnold wasted in yet another Jets loss.
With the loss the Jets record drops to 4-11, as they head to Foxboro next week for the final game of the 2018 season.
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