Jets running back Bilal Powell credited New York's offensive line for scoring a 57-yard touchdown and totaling 148 yards on the ground in Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
"The offensive line did a tremendous job of getting on their guys, executing the run game," Powell said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins. "We knew the look that we needed and they got into the looks that we did and we just executed the play."
The Jets trailed 7-0 early in the third quarter after Chargers kicker Nick Rose missed a 47-yard field goal. New York took over at their own 37-yard line, and on third-and-4 from their own 43, Powell took a toss from Bryce Petty and broke free down the left side for his fifth touchdown of the season.
"He is a gamer," Petty said of Powell, according to NewYorkJets.com's Eric Allen. "He's fun to hand the ball off too because you never know what's going to happen whether it's cut back (or) whether it's a big, long run. He just has a knack for the end zone and big plays."
Left tackle Kelvin Beachum and left guard James Carpenter set up a lane near the line of scrimmage that allowed Powell to sprint down the sideline, and center Jonotthan Harrison had a key block at around the 15-yard line that gave Powell enough room to score.
"I was able to get on the edge and I think there was nobody but the corner, so I was cracking. I was able to kick him out and Bilal was able to get inside," Beachum said, according to Allen. "Carp had a great block, Harry (Harrison) had a great block and found a way to stay on his man downfield and Bilal found a way to put it in the end zone."
Powell's 145 yards were the most he recorded in a game since he had 190 total yards in a 23-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in October. Though New York is 5-10 and will miss the postseason for the seventh straight season, Powell said he and the team is moving onto Sunday's regular-season finale against the New England Patriots.
"We have a young team. We have to learn how to close out the fourth quarter and close out the game," Powell said, according to Allen. "On Wednesday, we just have to start preparing for the Patriots."