EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Zach Wilson threw a landing go and ran for an additional to outduel Trevor Lawrence, and the short-handed New York Jets used a goal-line stand on the finish of the sport to carry on and beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-21 on Sunday.
It was the fourth matchup of rookie quarterbacks taken with the primary two picks within the draft — and the No. 2 choice got here out on high.
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After Eddy Pineiro’s 20-yard discipline aim gave the Jets (4-11) a five-point lead with 1:47 remaining, Lawrence and the Jaguars (2-13) obtained the ball again — and had an opportunity to win.
A 26-yard run by the No. 1 choose obtained the ball to the 5, and he adopted with a 4-yard go to Marvin Jones. Lawrence spiked the ball to cease the clock to make it fourth-and-the-game.
However Lawrence’s go to Jones fell incomplete — and the Jaguars had been known as for an unlawful shift that the Jets declined, turning the ball over on downs. The Jets had 20 gamers on the COVID-19 listing and performed with out coach Robert Saleh as a result of he didn’t clear protocols after testing optimistic earlier within the week.
Wilson set a Jets file for a quarterback with 91 yards dashing, highlighted by a 52-yard rating — the longest run by a QB in franchise historical past. He was 14 of twenty-two for 102 yards passing, together with a TD go to offensive lineman Conor McDermott.
Braxton Berrios returned a kickoff 102 yards for a landing, and Michael Carter ran for 118 yards on 16 carries for New York, which was led by tight ends coach Ron Middleton in Saleh’s absence.
The silver lining for the Jaguars in defeat: They created some area between themselves and the Jets for subsequent yr’s No. 1 draft choose.
Lawrence, the highest choice in April, was 26 of 39 for 280 yards for the Jaguars, who misplaced high working again James Robinson to a torn Achilles tendon early within the recreation.
The Jaguars and Jets every misplaced key defensive gamers a number of hours earlier than kickoff, with Jacksonville linebacker Myles Jack and New York defensive lineman Quinnen Williams positioned on the COVID-19 listing.
With the Jets main 16-15 within the fourth quarter, Wilson marched New York down the sphere with a run-heavy drive to get to the 1 after a 2-yard catch by Carter.
On fourth down, New York went for it — and Wilson discovered McDermott, who was a deal with eligible on the play, for a landing to place the Jets up 23-15 with 9:16 left. McDermott reached up and leaped — trying very very similar to a decent finish — to return down with the ball. His teammates jumped on high of him ultimately zone in celebration.
Dare Ogunbowale, in for the injured Robinson, answered with a 1-yard landing run with 5:25 remaining. However Lawrence’s throw on a tying 2-point strive fell incomplete.
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After Matthew Wright’s 21-yard discipline aim put Jacksonville up 3-0, Wilson put the Jets forward along with his record-setting run late within the first quarter. He rolled to his proper to flee a sack, zipped down the appropriate sideline, and stayed inbounds whereas doing a tightrope stroll across the Jaguars 25 earlier than ending with a dive into the tip zone.
Pineiro, in his third recreation with the Jets after two different kickers struggled, had his extra-point strive blocked by Adam Gotsis.
Lawrence marched the Jaguars proper again down the sphere, discovering Laqon Treadwell for 20 yards on fourth-and-1 from the Jets 39. 4 performs later, Lawrence ran a keeper from the three, however had the ball knocked out of his palms by Jason Pinnock. Offensive lineman Will Richardson recovered ultimately zone for a landing, placing Jacksonville again forward.
The Jaguars went for two after a penalty by the Jets on the additional level, however Ogubowale’s run was stopped, making it 9-6.
The drive was expensive for the Jaguars, although, as Robinson left with a non-contact damage on Lawrence’s handoff to Tavon Austin. After being examined within the medical tent, Robinson had a towel draped over his head as he was carted to the locker room and dominated out for the remainder of the sport. Robinson completed with 10 yards on three carries.
Berrios fielded the following kickoff ultimately zone and ran all of it the way in which again, giving the Jets the lead once more at 13-9. It was New York’s first kickoff return for a landing since Andre Roberts towards Inexperienced Bay in 2018.
Jaguars: Apart from Robinson, LB Dakota Allen left with a shoulder damage within the second quarter. … DE/OLB Ok’Lavon Chaisson injured an ankle within the fourth quarter.
Jets: C Connor McGovern and TE Trevon Wesco left with knee accidents within the fourth quarter and didn’t return.
Jaguars: Journey to New England, the place they’re 0-8, to face the Patriots subsequent Sunday.
Jets: Host Tom Brady and the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers subsequent Sunday.
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