There wasn’t much good for Jets or Giants fans during Sunday’s bragging rights game at MetLife Stadium, but Jets fans can at least smile about the result.
Greg Zuerlein hit a 33-yard field goal in overtime and the Jets cruised to a 13-10 victory on a rainy day in New Jersey. Zuerlein also made a field goal on the final play of regulation to force overtime, while the Giants’ kicking weaknesses were clearly on display.
Graham Gano missed two field goals, including a 35-yarder, with 28 seconds left in the game. Zach Wilson turned around the rest of a miserable day on offense with back-to-back 29-yard completions to Garrett Wilson and Allen Lazard, setting up Zuerlein’s game-winning kick.
The Giants got the ball first in overtime and head coach Brian Daboll strangely threw the ball on every snap. Undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito replaced Tyrod Taylor in the second quarter and threw three incompletions before halftime. He threw just one pass in the second half but ran for a touchdown that gave the Giants a 10-7 lead early in the third quarter.
However, in overtime, DeVito came out with a throw and the Giants lost 11 yards on the drive. Garrett Wilson picked up 11 yards to put the Jets on their first possession of overtime, and a 30-yard pass interference penalty on veteran Giants corner Adoree’ Jackson put the Jets within field goal range.
The Jets didn’t convert a third down until Wilson struggled late in the fourth quarter and had just 251 yards of total offense all day. Wilson lost a fumble on a sack and the Jets also had a botched snap between Wilson and third-string center Xavier Newman for another turnover. The running game never got going, although Breece Hall turned a short pass into a 50-yard touchdown.
Taylor was taken to the hospital with injured ribs and the Giants will be in a very difficult position if neither he nor Daniel Jones are cleared to return. A week to prepare DeVito would help, but the Giants’ offense was already challenged to move the ball and the defense was doing everything it could, but it wouldn’t be a step in the right direction for a 2-6 team to choose the rookie.