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What was the most important play of the Jets’ loss to the Colts?

New York Jets v Indianapolis Colts Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

What was the single most important play of yesterday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts?

There are plenty of candidates. Sam Darnold threw a pair of pick sixes. Bradley McDougald whiffed on a tackle on a fourth and goal that took the Colts’ lead from 10 to 17 in the second half. Just prior to that, Ryan Griffin had a horrible drop on a third down play that cost the Jets a first down.

I’m going to go with Sam Darnold’s red zone interception, however. It was the second of Darnold’s three interceptions. Xavier Rhodes busted a coverage in the end zone. The play could have been a touchdown, but Darnold appeared late to recognize it. His late throw gave Rhodes the time he needed to recover and intercept the pass.

Prior to the game I wrote about how the Jets needed to make big plays in the red zone on defense to take points off the board for the Colts. Instead the Colts took points off the board for the Jets with this big red zone turnover. Even if the Jets settle for a field goal, the Jets would have been down only one score late in the second quarter. They never got within a score.

What do you think was the single most important play of the game?