Jets QB Josh McCown had three total touchdowns, including rushing in the game winner in the team's 38-31 win over the Chiefs Sunday.
McCown went 26-for-36 for 331 yards with his arm, but it was his legs that scored two touchdowns, including the critical score with just over two minutes left in the game. Head coach Todd Bowles simply thought his quarterback played his tail off.
"I thought Josh played a great game," he told Jets.com's Eric Allen.
Throughout the game, McCown targeted his favorite receivers -- Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse -- and they didn't fail him as they became the first Jets wide receiver tandem to put up back-to-back 100-yard games since 1967. Because of his level of play the past couple weeks, Kearse thinks the 38-year-old is playing like his younger self.
"The dude's 38, but it looks like he's 26 out there," Kearse said. "He's been huge for us. His leadership throughout the week, throughout the whole season has just allowed us to continue to get better and better."
McCown had to lead the Jets out of an immediate rut they created when Travis Kelce scored two quick touchdowns in the first quarter to make the score 14-0. However, he was unfazed by the scoreboard and delivered, knowing there was a lot of clock to work with.
"For us to take another step as a team, it's to handle those situations," McCown said. "It's to be down 14, it's to get into one of these games that are back and forth and find yourself on the winning end at the end."
McCown rushed for not just the game winner, but also to tie the game at 14 with a 1-yard sneak on the goal line. Whether it's through the air or using his feet, McCown only cares about the seven points.
"For me, I'm just like whatever works," he said. "Whatever gets us in the end zone and that's all that matters."
The Jets and Chiefs went back and forth all game long, trading blows in the end zone as the lead continued to change. As the fourth quarter came, though, McCown wasn't about to have another week where his offense faltered when they needed to close the game. This time they figured out how to come away with the victory.
"It was fun to be a part of today," McCown said. "These are the things we've been chasing where we get into these fourth quarters -- we're playing good football and then we don't finish the game."
McCown has been great for the Jets this season, exceeding expectations with a 68 percent completion percentage and 96.7 QB rate to go along with 18 touchdowns and 8 interceptions so far. Anderson believes it's his ability to block out the noise from the outside, and focus all his energy into help the team win.
"Resilience. He keeps fighting," Anderson said. "He doesn't let things affect him. His energy and his passion, it's easy to play with someone like that. It's fun to play with someone who has the same hunger as you."