The New York Jets fended off an 0-16 season on Sunday, stunning the heavily favored Los Angeles Rams, 23-20 for their first win of the season. Did they cost themselves in the long run in the process?
With the win, the Jets improved to 1-13 on the season, moving into a tie with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the worst record in the NFL. Thanks to having an easier schedule and the tiebreaker that comes with it, the Jaguars now have the inside track to the No. 1 pick in the draft and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
New York threatened to blow a big advantage, allowing the Rams to rally late from a 20-3 deficit. But the Jets held on late in the fourth quarter and knelt in victory formation for the first time in 2020.
Jets QB Sam Darnold passed for 207 yards in a steady performance, while Frank Gore rushed for a score that was his 100th career touchdown in the Jets’ first win since the 2019 season finale. Gore also made a decisive third-down reception with 2:12 left for the Jets, who ended the longest losing streak in franchise history with a strong start and a gritty finish.
With the stunning loss as 17-point favorites, the 9-5 Rams missed a chance at home to secure a playoff berth and now sit a game behind the 10-4 Seattle Seahawks for the NFC West lead.