Garrett Wilson looked exactly like every New York Jets fan after the team recovered an onside kick
September 18, 2022 is a date that New York Jets fans will never forget. There is yet to be a generally accepted name for the stunning event – “Miracle In The Land” or “Miracle By The Lake” could take the cake – but the Jets’ unbelievable comeback was certainly one for the ages.
Naturally, Jets fans had some euphoric reactions to the pivotal moments of a turnaround that was, quite literally, miraculous.
Garrett Wilson‘s reaction to the Jets’ onside kick recovery will probably remind many fans of their own jubilation in the heat of that moment. When the Jets came up with the football, the rookie wide receiver had the same exact reaction as every Jets fan in the world.
Garrett Wilson's reaction to the onside kick 😂 pic.twitter.com/1Q9bLCwLF5
— Michael Nania (@Michael_Nania) September 20, 2022
After the game, Wilson provided an explanation as to why he was so overjoyed at that moment.
“I went crazy!”, Wilson said when asked about his reaction to the recovery. “I went absolutely crazy on the sidelines. I didn’t want my drop to be the reason why we lost the game.”
"I didn't want my drop to be the reason why we lost the game"
Garrett Wilson shared his reaction to the Jets recovering the onside kick: pic.twitter.com/I6eV6Ye0QZ
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Wilson is referring to a play that occurred with 7:53 to go in the fourth quarter while the Jets were trailing by 7 points and attempting to put together a game-tying drive. On third-and-4, Wilson got himself wide-open over the middle for a short grab that would have moved the chains, but he dropped the freebie, leading to a punt.
Wilson eventually redeemed himself in the grandest fashion possible when he caught a 15-yard game-winning touchdown with 22 seconds on the clock. Wilson also had the Jets’ previous reception ahead of the game-winner, as three plays earlier, Wilson put the Jets in the red zone with a 12-yard grab on second-and-10 that looked very similar to the one he dropped. When it mattered most, Wilson didn’t fold.
The rookie finished his second career game with eight receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns, but just as impressive as his production was his competitive fire and mental toughness.