What was the most important play of Sunday’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers?
There are numerous candidates.
Raheem Mostert’s 80 yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage set the tone of the game.
Jordan Reed’s first touchdown put the Niners up 14-3. The Jets were never within 10 points again for the rest of the game.
The fourth down stop on Josh Adams’ run the next series stalled a potential scoring drive for the Jets.
Jerick McKinnon’s 55 yard on a third and 31 early in the third quarter ended any hope of the Jets gaining second half momentum.
Still I am going to pick a different play. I choose Reed’s second touchdown. It came with 11 seconds left in the first half. It came on a third down play. If the Jets had gotten a stop, San Francisco likely would have settled for a field goal to make the score 17-3. The Jets would not have been in very good shape, but overcoming a two touchdown halftime deficit is at least theoretically doable. Trailing by three scores heading to the locker room makes a comeback a longshot. The touchdown was the difference between being down two scores and being down three.
For that reason Reed’s second touchdown gets my vote.
Which play do you think mattered most?