New York Jets were bound to win one eventually. Yesterday, “eventually”
finally came. After losing numerous close games over the past two
months, The Team That Couldn’t Win knocked off the first-place
Pittsburgh Steelers 19-16 in overtime
at the Meadowlands on Sunday. Kicker Mike Nugent (pictured) booted a
38-yard field with 5:03 remaining in OT, lifting the Jets to the
New York stormed the field as the kick wobbled through the uprights,
celebrating like they had just won the Super Bowl. It was both a nice
and pathetic moment for the 2-8 Jets, who apparently think second-to-last place is worth partying like it’s 1999. In fact, the last time they won a football game, Broadway still had plays, Marian Jones was still an Olympic champion and Bob Barker still hosted The Price is Right. Yep, it’s been awhile.
Quarterback Kellen Clemens went 14-for-31 for 162 yards, one touchdown
and one interception in his third NFL start, including an excellent
drive in the final minutes that led to a game-tying field goal with 23
second remaining in regulation. Clemens had a 15-yard scramble on the
drive as well, and threw the potential game-winning touchdown pass with
30 seconds remaining, but Brad Smith dropped it. Running back Thomas
Jones also had a big day, rushing for 117 yards on 30 carries.
Unfortunately, the Jets will face the Dallas Cowboys
on Thursday in a Thanksgiving special, which means their Mardi Gras
will only last four days before they return to their woeful ways. “It’s
just a great feeling to get a win,” linebacker Victor Hobson said after
the game. “We don’t look at ourselves like losers.” Considering their
record is just 2-8, I’m pretty sure they’re still losers.