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What a game it was at Metlife Stadium. The Jets kept their playoff hopes alive with a big win against the Kansas City Chiefs with a 38-31 victory. The Jets move to 5-7 and the Chiefs fall to 6-6.

The Wild, Wild East

This game was an absolute shootout, nothing anybody expected. Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith accounted for 436 total yards and four touchdowns. Josh McCown also played extremely well, racking up 351 yards and three touchdowns, including two on the ground.

The Chiefs came out firing on all cylinders. Jumping to a 14-0 start in the matter of five minutes, it looked like the game could get out of hand. The Jets fought back, however, quickly regaining their momentum to take a 21-17 lead at half. The Jets outscored the Chiefs 21-3 in the final 20 minutes of the first half.

Gang Green came out of the locker room in complete clock control mode. Starting the half with a 10 minute drive, and several third down conversions, it seemed as if they had complete control of the game. However, they only scored 3 points on that drive, and the Chiefs came right back with a bomb to Tyreek Hill for a 79 yard touchdown. The Jets had another solid drive and kicked a field goal shortly after.

At the end of three, the Jets held a 27-24 lead. After kicking another field goal, the Jets let up another big play to speedster Tyreek Hill. The score became 31-30 Chiefs. The Jets looked haunted by the 4th quarter once again.

Statement Made

The Jets came onto the field, had a great drive, and scored again. The drive was sparked by a 51 yard reception from Jermaine Kearse, which led to first and goal. The Jets stalled, but were saved by a Kansas City penalty on the field goal. With another three chances, they stalled again, and were saved by ANOTHER penalty. After another three chances, the Jets finally scored on a sneak by McCown.

This is where things got interesting. On the two point conversion to make the Jets lead up to seven points, ANOTHER penalty was called. Marcus Peters lost it at this point. He threw the referee’s flag into the stands, and was ejected. This gave the Jets another chance on the two point conversion, which they succeeded on the second try. The Jets now went up 38-31.

The Chiefs went downfield, well near striking range. The Jets finally held them up in the redzone, and sealed the deal.

Key Performances

The Jets were excellent on third downs. They converted 13-20 of their third down attempts, and plenty of them were third and long scenarios.

Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse were stellar. Kearse caught nine passes for 157 yards, both career highs. Robby Anderson had eight catches for 107 yards.

The Jets also successfully shut down the dangerous Kareem Hunt. Hunt only had 63 yards on 12 touches.

The offensive line blocked in a great way. Josh McCown was not sacked all game, and the team combined for 157 rushing yards.

Although the Jets hopes are slim, this win keeps the playoff hopes alive. For the Chiefs, things are only getting worse. 1-6 in their last 7 games, they may fall out of the playoffs if they continue to struggle. Only time will tell how these two teams finish the season.

– James Cunningham is a staff writer for Full Press Coverage Jets and covers the New York Jets. Like and follow on //

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