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NY Jets survive near nightmare, hold off Commanders, 30-28 (Highlights)

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The New York Jets nearly lost it all before winning at the last moment

A Festivus miracle came one day late for the New York Jets.

The Jets simultaneously succumbed to and withstood a Washington Commanders comeback from three possessions down in their final home game of the 2023 season. A Greg Zuerlein field goal allowed them to escape from MetLife Stadium with a 30-28 victory. New York led by as much as 20 in the opening half, thanks to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter built by touchdowns for Jason Brownlee and Breece Hall.

After scoring one first-quarter touchdown through 14 games, both the Jets’ scores in the opening period were set up by defensive heroics. Brownlee’s tally was set up by Jermaine Johnson‘s block of a Tress Way punt, shortly after Tony Adams intercepted a Sam Howell pass on the second play from scrimmage.

After another Way punt, Hall broke loose for his first score of the day, a 36-yard breakout that ensured it would be anything but a silent night in East Rutherford.

Washington (4-11) finally got on the scoreboard thanks to another player making his maiden end zone voyage, rookie Chris Rodriguez Jr. Hall, however, had a second effort score on New York’s last full drive of the half, as his acrobatic body-control touchdown made it 27-7 at halftime.

Gang Green seemed well on pace to keep things rolling, especially when Quincy Williams forced Howell into another aerial turnover.

But Washington commenced a nightmare before Christmas by erasing the Jets’ strong field position with a Cody Barton interception. With Jacoby Brissett in the game for Howell, the Commanders needed only six plays to capitalize, as Logan Thomas earned a 15-yard score through the air.

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With the Jets’ offense back to its sputtering ways, the Commanders lowered the gap to one possession on another Rodriguez punch-in from a yard away.

The Commanders’ comeback was complete with an 83-yard drive that took a mere six plays, the last being another rushing punch-in, this one for Antonio Gibson.

But New York secured the thriller in shocking fashion, going 31 yards in eight plays, capped off by Zuerlein’s triple from 54 away.

The Jets will play their penultimate game of the 2023-24 season on Thursday when they face the surging Cleveland Browns (8:15 p.m. ET, Amazon Prime Video).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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