Nobody mentioned it higher than veteran left guard Laken Tomlinson after the Jets’ gorgeous 20-17 upset of the Payments on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
“The way in which we took over that fourth quarter,’’ Tomlinson informed The Put up, “was magical.’’
The Jets positively wrested management of the sport with a drive that — ought to they attain the playoffs for the primary time since 2010 — they’ll be speaking about in January.
They took possession of the ball at their very own 4-yard line with 7:53 remaining in a 17-17 sport and marched — doing it with a operating sport that the Buffalo protection couldn’t cease. Utilizing newcomer operating again James Robinson, enjoying in his second sport with the workforce, and Michael Carter, the Jets ran the ball on the primary eight performs of the drive for 73 yards. Robinson had 37 of these yards and Carter 36.
The Jets didn’t throw the ball on that sequence till Zach Wilson linked with Denzel Mims for 12 yards to the Buffalo 6-yard line on a third-and-5 play.
“They couldn’t cease it,’’ Tomlinson mentioned of the run. “I feel there was a interval the place I pulled like 3 times in a row and I used to be like, ‘Yeah, if it retains working, let’s preserve doing it.’ ’’
Michael Carter rushes in the course of the Jets’ win over the Payments. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Put up
The decadent drive started with a key 9-yard run by Robinson that received them out of the shadow of their very own objective line. Robinson, who completed with 48 yards on 13 carries and scored a landing on a display move, would add a 16-yard run after that which was adopted on the following play by a 17-yard run by Carter, who completed with 76 yards and a landing on 12 carries.
“It’s an ideal feeling once you impose your will on an opponent like that and people operating backs have been hitting it downhill,’’ Tomlinson mentioned.
“That’s among the finest feeling in soccer when you possibly can simply transfer the ball like that conserving the ball on the bottom and feeling such as you’re keen your self down the sector,’’ tight finish Tyler Conklin mentioned.
“Displaying up with the run sport there on that final drive, simply pounding these guys all the best way down the sector was large,’’ Wilson mentioned.
“It was devastating, man, as a result of it took like seven minutes off the clock,’’ Carter mentioned. “It was an essential drive to our season up to now.’’
The Jets used the operating sport on their go-ahead drive. Robert Sabo for the NY POST
Left deal with Duane Brown referred to as the sequence “an O-lineman’s dream,’’ including, “To have eight minutes on the clock, beginning by yourself 5-yard line in a tie sport and operating the ball, consuming up the clock once they knew we needed to run the ball, there’s nothing prefer it.’’
Jets head coach Robert Saleh, who’s been on the mistaken finish of a drive like that, mentioned, “From a defensive standpoint, it sucks, I can inform you that a lot. I’ve at all times mentioned I’d fairly have somebody throw for 400, 500 yards than run for 200 or 300 yards. While you line up and are throwing your greatest punch and also you’re nonetheless being leaned on for five yards a pop, that’s depressing.
“Credit score to our offense. Credit score to Mike [LaFleur, offensive coordinator,] to keep it up. We at all times problem our O-line to make it so demonstrative that the coordinator has to name a run play. I believed the push, our backs have been seeing it rather well. We have been breaking tackles. Our receivers have been blocking. Only a actually well-executed drive from everybody on offense.“Imposing our will on them [within the fourth quarter, I couldn’t be extra happy with the battle, Simply absolutely the grind and pressure to complete 60 minutes.’’