In the New York Jets’ fourth game of the 2021 season, on an unseasonably warm October day in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Jets beat the Tennessee Titans in overtime, 27 - 24.
In the first half the Jets again struggled on offense, putting up just 87 total yards and going nowhere on all but one drive. That one drive ended in a Michael Carter touchdown run that represented the Jets’ only first half touchdown this season. Only some good fortune in the red zone on defense saved the Jets from another double digit deficit at halftime, as the Titans had to settle for field goals on all three of their first half scoring drives. The Jets went into halftime trailing by just two points, their best first half showing of the year.
The third quarter was scoreless until the Jets put together a late field goal drive to take the lead at 10 - 9 with 19 seconds left in the quarter. It was the first Jets lead of the 2021 season.
That lead lasted just about two minutes, as the Titans just handed the ball off to Derrick Henry all the way down the field for an answering touchdown and a 17 - 10 Titans lead. Zach Wilson and the Jets responded with their own answering touchdown pass to tie the game at 17. At this point the Jets offense was playing as well as they have at any point this season.
The fourth quarter saw Zach Wilson and the Jets score another touchdown to take a 24 - 17 lead. The Titans answered again with a game tying touchdown drive ending with just seconds left on the clock to force overtime.
The Jets got the ball first in overtime and they promptly went 74 yards to the Titans’ 1 yard line, where the drive stalled. A short field goal gave the Jets a 27 - 24 lead. The Jets then hung on as the Titans last gasp drive fell just short, with the Titans missing a 48 yard field goal attempt to give the Jets their first win of the season.
This was an exhilarating game for Jets fans. The pass rush dominated a good Titans offensive line, Zach Wilson finally looked like the quarterback the Jets expected when they drafted him at #2 overall, and the Jets offense finally looked quite good in the second half and overtime. Finally we saw something like the team the Jets envisioned they could be before the season began.
With the win the Jets go to 1-3 on the year.
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