The Jets’ offensive efficiency Sunday at MetLife Stadium was epitomized by Bryce Petty’s second-to-last go try of the afternoon. Trailing the Chargers by a landing with lower than 4 minutes left in regulation, Petty’s unit had pushed into the pink zone. Dealing with a fourth-and-7, the 26-year-old quarterback noticed Robby Anderson in one-on-one protection on the precise aspect. He fired a throw to the speedy receiver, however the ball was nowhere shut. It fell to the turf, and the Jets’ probabilities at victory evaporated.
Petty was nothing in need of dreadful in a 14-7 loss to the Chargers on Christmas Eve. He confirmed little enchancment in his second consecutive begin, filling in for Josh McCown. Petty accomplished simply 15 of 28 passes for 119 yards. He persistently missed open receivers, because the offense squandered a commendable efficiency from Todd Bowles’ protection, which performed with out Muhammad Wilkerson (wholesome scratch) for the second straight week.
The low-scoring affair featured 18 punts, 9 of them from the Jets’ Lachlan Edwards. The sport was scoreless till almost halfway by means of the second quarter, when Los Angeles tight finish Antonio Gates hauled in a three-yard landing catch, beating Jamal Adams on a slant. Gates caught six passes for 81 yards on the sport.
The Jets responded after halftime. On their second offensive possession, Bilal Powell collected a pitch to the left aspect and sprinted down the sideline for a 57-yard rating. Middle Jonotthan Harrison galloped forward of Powell, main the best way into the tip zone. Powell offered the Jets’ solely spark on offense, carrying 19 occasions for 145 yards. He additionally broke off a 41-yard run within the first half.
The Chargers regained the lead on their ensuing possession, driving 75 on eight performs to leap forward 14-7 with four:57 left within the third quarter. Melvin Gordon (81 yards on 19 carries) capped the drive off with a one-yard landing run. Philip Rivers (22 of 40, 290 yards, TD) accomplished three passes of greater than 10 yards to assist lead Los Angeles down the sector.
After the groups traded punts on the following 4 collection, the Jets took over at their very own 30 with 7:58 left within the sport. Powell rushed on first down for 21 yards, chopping again left to create a gaping gap. Petty scrambled for a primary down on Third-and-5, three performs later. A Joey Bosa roughing-the-passer penalty prolonged the drive on a later third down. However the possession sputtered when Petty misfired on back-to-back performs, together with fourth down, to show the ball over.
The Chargers then ran the clock all the way down to 15 seconds earlier than punting away. Rivers linked with Keenan Allen (5 catches, 63 yards) on a vital third-and-Eight to maintain the drive alive.