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Final Score: Falcons 13, Jets 8

Jets drop their fifth straight in another ugly game at MetLife Stadium

Atlanta Falcons v New York Jets Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

In the New York Jets’ 12th game of the 2023 NFL season, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on a cool and damp afternoon, the Jets were beaten by the Atlanta Falcons, 13 - 8.

The first half saw the Jets open the scoring with a safety as the defense did what the offense has been incapable of. That gave the Jets a 2 - 0 lead. It didn’t last. The Falcons answered with a touchdown pass to MyCole Pruitt after they were gifted a short field by a Dalvin Cook fumble. That gave the Falcons a 7 - 2 lead. The Jets launched a long drive that bogged down deep in Falcons territory. The Jets settled for a short field goal and a 7 - 5 deficit. The Falcons closed out the first half scoring with a short field goal as time expired to take a 10 - 5 lead into the locker room.

The Jets opened the third quarter on offense and went on a drive that (and stop me if you heard this one before) bogged down and ended in a field goal. That brought the score to Falcons 10, Jets 8.

The Falcons stormed right back with a field goal of their own as the offensive fireworks continued. Falcons led 13 - 8. Tim Boyle threw an atrocious interception to Jessie Bates as the clock wound down in the third quarter and the Jets found themselves down 5 points going into the fourth quarter.

The Jets replaced Tim Boyle with Trevor Siemian after the awful Boyle interception. You could be forgiven if you had a difficult time distinguishing the two.

Five minutes into the fourth quarter the Jets defense gave the team great field position by forcing a punt inside the Falcons 15 yard line. The Jets started their drive in Falcons territory. A lesser team might think aha, now we have a great chance to score. Not the Jets. No, the Jets were playing 4D chess when their opponents were playing football. Thinking to themselves, advancing forward is exactly what they’d be expecting, the Jets zigged when they could have zagged and went backwards. It was pure Grunt and Punt poetry in motion. Clever team.

Trevor Siemian fumbled three times in the last three minutes of the game, which is not easy to do. The Jets quarterbacks just keep impressing with their innovative solutions.

The fumbles ended any chance of a Jets victory. The game ended at Falcons 13, Jets 8.

With the loss the Jets fall to 4-8 on the season. Now the Jets prepare to take on rookie quarterback sensation C.J. Stroud and the surprising Houston Texans in the last of a three game homestand next week.