In a blowout like this game, I tend to focus on the point of no turning back. Which play effectively ended Oakland’s realistic chance of winning?
With that in mind, my focus is early in the second half. The Jets took a 13-3 lead into the locker room at halftime. At that point of the game, it is possible for the trailing team to refocus and make adjustments to get back in the game.
Instead the Jets marched down the field in four plays on the opening drive of the second half. Braxton Berrios’ 69 yard catch and run set up Ryan Griffin’s 1 yard touchdown catch. The Jets led 20-3, and the rout was on.
Which of these plays was more important? I would go with the Griffin touchdown. After Berrios got the ball to the 1 yard line, the Raiders still could have gotten a stop. Even if they had forced a field goal, that could have been a momentum swing. The score would have been 16-3, and they would have dodged doom.
Instead the Griffin touchdown put the game away.
With that in mind, that play gets my vote.
Which play gets yours?