Much was made over the Patriots' decision to kick off in overtime, but I wonder if their thinking was that if they could force a Jets' punt, there was a decent chance that Ryan Quigley would shank it, setting them up with excellent field position needing just three points to win.
In the end, Quigley didn't need to punt as the Jets drove down and scored the game-winning touchdown. That might be just as well because his last punt in regulation was a poor one, rolling into the end zone for a touchback with no return man back and a chance to pin New England close to their goal line. Again, this had no impact anyway as New England still opted to take a knee.
Quigley did put two punts down to about the 10-yard line earlier on in the game and did bomb a punt with a 53-yard net in the fourth quarter. One of his other punts had just a 33-yard net, though.
There wasn't much damage done on kickoffs, either, as Randy Bullock had three touchbacks. The two kicks that were returned were stopped inside the 25-yard line. Bullock also nailed two field goals, including a 49-yarder, and hit both of his extra points. In coverage, Trevor Reilly stood out with a nice hit at the 15-yard line on one of those kickoffs and was also in on a tackle in punt coverage. He did miss a tackle, though.
Once again, Quincy Enunwa did a good job of getting downfield first on both punts and kickoffs. Again, he didn't necessarily make the tackle himself, but at least slowed up or redirected the return man a couple times.
Darrin Walls seemed to struggle, as Matthew Slater -- one of the league's best gunners -- blew past him a couple of times while he was the vice. He didn't fare too well when playing gunner, either. He was easily blocked out of the play along with Bilal Powell and Marcus Williams on a 15-yard punt return.
Jamari Lattimore was in on one special teams tackle but also had a penalty for illegal hands-to-the-face.
In the return game, Jeremy Kerley was only able to return one of four punts and that was somewhat risky with Slater bearing down on him, although he did gain eight yards. Antonio Cromartie didn't get many opportunities either, with New England kicking five touchbacks. Cromartie took the opening kickoff out to the 24 with Brent Qvale throwing a good block.
If the Jets can continue to play teams to a tie on special teams, that's probably about the best we can hope for. If they can hold their own for one more game, the Jets have a good chance at making the playoffs.
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