NFL Game Recap - Dallas at NY Jets
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

NYG
14
NE
35
F
CAR
37
TB
26
F
PHI
20
MIN
38
F
WAS
17
MIA
16
F
HOU
31
KC
24
F
NO
13
JAX
6
F
SEA
32
CLE
28
F
CIN
17
BAL
23
F
SF
20
LAR
7
F
ATL
33
ARI
34
F
DAL
22
NYJ
24
F
TEN
0
DEN
16
F
PIT
24
LAC
17
F
DET
22
GB
23
F

NY Jets 24, Dallas 22

Oct 13, 2019, 4:25 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Dallas (3-3)

0

6

3

13

22

NY Jets (1-4)

7

14

0

3

24

Darnold throws 2 TDs in return, Jets edge Cowboys 24-22
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:33 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Sam Darnold returned - and so did the New York Jets' hopes to turn around a season that was quickly unraveling without him.

Darnold gave the Jets' struggling offense a huge boost by throwing two touchdown passes in his return from mononucleosis, and New York held on to beat the Dallas Cowboys 24-22 on Sunday night for their first win of the season.

"I'm just really, really excited for the guys in this locker room," Darnold said. "We were starving for a win."

The Jets led 21-9 in the fourth quarter, but Dak Prescott and the top-ranked Cowboys offense stormed back - and had a chance to tie in the wild closing moments.

With Dallas marching down the field, officials called six straight penalties during one stretch including four on the Jets putting the Cowboys in scoring position.

Prescott ran for a 4-yard touchdown with 43 seconds left, making it a two-point game. Going for the tie, Prescott dropped back and was quickly met by a blitzing Jamal Adams and his pass on the conversion try fell short of Jason Witten in the end zone.

The Cowboys (3-3) tried an onside kick, but Demaryius Thomas recovered for the Jets (1-4), who won for the first time under coach Adam Gase. It was the third straight loss for Dallas.

"To come out here and do it in the fashion we did and the defense getting a huge stop on the 2-point conversion," Darnold said, "I wouldn't want it any other way."

Darnold, who missed three games while recovering from mononucleosis, finished 23 of 32 for 338 yards - including a 92-yard touchdown toss to Robby Anderson and a 5-yarder to Ryan Griffin. Darnold was intercepted by Jourdan Lewis late in the third quarter after throwing 179 consecutive passes without being picked off, dating to Week 14 of last season at Buffalo.

Le'Veon Bell also ran for a score, his first on the ground with the Jets.

The Cowboys played without starting tackles La'el Collins and Tyron Smith, and star wide receiver Amari Cooper was sidelined most of the game with a quadriceps injury. But Dallas made it a five-point game on Ezekiel Elliott's 5-yard run with 6:30 remaining, capping an 11-play, 84-yard drive.

Sam Ficken's 38-yard field goal with 3:24 left made it 24-16, but the Cowboys had one more long drive in them.

And, the Jets' defense had one final stop in them.

"No one counted us to win that game," linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. "Everyone bet on the Cowboys. They thought we were going to come in and get blown out."

Prescott was 28 of 40 for 277 yards. Elliott finished with 105 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.

"We're putting ourselves behind," Prescott said. "We're putting our defense in a tough spot. We're not playing complementary football. It's simple as that. We've got to start faster. We've got to get points. We've got to get touchdowns and allow our defense to play from up.

"As long we have these slow starts, we're going to struggle."

QUICK START

Darnold came out throwing in his first snap since the season opener and connected with Thomas for a 17-yard gain. But, Robert Quinn sacked him on the next play and the drive stalled - making it 29 straight games the Jets have failed to score a touchdown on their opening possession, the longest active streak in the NFL.

But, Darnold and the Jets got on the scoreboard on their second drive, capped Bell's 2-yard touchdown run.

Darnold was efficient on the 14-play, 83-yard drive, going 6 of 8 for 43 yards. New York was also helped by three penalties on Dallas, including a horse-collar tackle of Darnold by Maliek Collins on third-and-goal from the 7 that gave the Jets the ball at the 2.

"I definitely felt like myself out there," Darnold said. "Especially after the first play to D.T., that pass I made to D.T., I knew we were going to have a good game offensively."

New York finished with 382 yards after getting 233 combined in the last two games with Luke Falk at quarterback.

"It's unacceptable for us to give up that many points," Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith said. "That's not an elite defense."

SWING

Trailing 7-3, Prescott and the Cowboys marched down the field and got to the Jets 6, but stalled. Elliott lost a yard on third down and Jason Garrett opted to go for it on four-and-2 from the 7. Prescott took the ball on a keeper, but was stuffed by rookie Quinnen Williams for a loss of a yard - and a turnover on downs.

Darnold came out on the very next play and found a wide-open Anderson zipping down the field and hit him in stride for a 92-yard touchdown to put the Jets up 14-3 with 3:34 left in the opening half. It was the second-longest reception in franchise history behind the 96-yard TD catch by Wesley Walker on a pass from Ken O'Brien at Buffalo on Dec. 8, 1985.

FOR KICKS

Brett Maher kicked three field goals for the Cowboys, including tying his franchise record with a 62-yarder as the first half ended to make it 21-6.

It was also the longest field goal ever made against the Jets. Maher also made a 62-yarder against the Eagles last December, making him the first kicker in NFL history, according to Sportradar, with two field goals of at least 62 yards.

Denver's Matt Prater holds the NFL record for longest field goal, kicking a 64-yarder in 2013.

Maher, who also had field goals of 50 and 32 yards, later missed a 40-yarder that sailed wide right 51 seconds into the fourth quarter.

INJURIES

Cowboys: CB Byron Jones left in the second half with a hamstring injury. ... DE Dorance Armstrong left in the second quarter to be checked for a neck injury. ... CB Anthony Brown left in the second half with a hamstring injury.

Jets: LT Kelvin Beachum hurt an ankle in the third quarter and didn't return. .... LB Neville Hewitt, the team's leading tackler, left midway through the second quarter with an undisclosed injury but returned late in the third quarter. ... NT Steve McLendon suffered a concussion in the third quarter. ... LB Albert McClellan left in the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.

UP NEXT

Cowboys: home vs. NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday night.

Jets: host undefeated AFC East rival New England Patriots next Monday night.

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Passing

DAL Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
D. Prescott 40 28 70.0 0 278 23 0 89.4 1
NYJ Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
S. Darnold 32 23 71.9 2 338 92 1 113.8 2

Rushing

DAL Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
E. Elliott 28 105 3.8 13 1
T. Pollard 3 13 4.3 10 0
NYJ Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Bell 14 50 3.6 13 1
B. Powell 1 5 5.0 5 0

Receiving

DAL Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Austin 5 64 12.8 23 0
J. Witten 5 57 11.4 20 0
NYJ Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Anderson 5 125 25.0 92 1
J. Crowder 6 98 16.3 30 0

Team Stats Comparison

DAL NYJ
Points For 22 24
Total Yards 399 382
Rushing Yards 129 56
Passing Yards 270 326
Passing Completions / Attempts 28/40 23/32
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 26 20
Rushing Touchdowns 2 1
Passing Touchdowns 0 2
Penalties - Yards 9/68 8/105
Time Of Possession 32:03 27:57
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 10/17 2/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/0
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 2/4 2/3
Sacks Against 1 2
Punts - Average Yards 3/46 4/45
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 2/4 2/11
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 0/0 3/24

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter DAL NYJ
NYJ 11:36 TD Le'Veon Bell 2 yd run (Sam Ficken kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter DAL NYJ
DAL 0:04 FG Brett Maher 50 yd FG 3 7
NYJ 11:26 TD Robby Anderson 92 yd pass from Sam Darnold (Sam Ficken kick) 3 14
NYJ 14:33 TD Ryan Griffin 5 yd pass from Sam Darnold (Sam Ficken kick) 3 21
DAL 15:00 FG Brett Maher 62 yd FG 6 21
3rd Quarter DAL NYJ
DAL 7:10 FG Brett Maher 32 yd FG 9 21
4th Quarter DAL NYJ
DAL 8:30 TD Ezekiel Elliott 5 yd run (Brett Maher kick) 16 21
NYJ 11:36 FG Sam Ficken 38 yd FG 16 24
DAL 14:17 TD Dak Prescott 4 yd run (failed 2pt Pass from Dak Prescott) 22 24

Game Information

Stadium: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 78,523
Game Time: 2:59
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