Bilal Powell ran for 145 yards, including the game-ending 19-yard touchdown in overtime, to help Bryce Petty and the New York Jets rally from 14 points down to beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in overtime on Sunday.
Petty threw an interception on his first pass of the game and the Jets (4-9) trailed 14-0 less than 5 minutes into the game. San Francisco (1-12) led 17-3 at halftime, but fell flat after that and lost a franchise-worst 12th straight game.
Powell took over from there and scored his second TD of the game on New York's first possession of overtime after Petty's scramble and 26-yard pass to Robby Anderson put the Jets in field goal range.
Petty, who went 23 for 35 for 257 yards in his second career start , rallied the Jets back from a 17-3 deficit in the first half by leading two fourth-quarter scoring drives. New York used a 15-play, 66-yard drive to cut the deficit to 17-14 with 5:04 left when Powell bowled his way in for a 5-yard run and Petty ran in the 2-point conversion .
New York then forced a punt and Petty led the Jets 33 yards to tie the game on Nick Folk's 50-yard field goal with 38 seconds left.
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A win is a win and all, but this game was bad for a variety of reasons. The injuries to players like Marcus Gilchrist and Matt Forte were bad, and with New York already being eliminated from playoff contention, the Jets could be expected to shut down more players for the rest of the season. Powell did an excellent job filling in, but that sort of production can't be counted on against better run defenses.
The Bryce is right? Petty had a serviceable game, but bombing it deep to Anderson isn't a sustainable strategy, and between his laser-lock on Anderson the past two games, the coverage is going to get uglier as coaches gain more tape on his tendencies.
I'm sure there's fans who are split on winning or losing. Whatever the thought, it can't be denied that losing to a team like the Niners would have looked terrible, but also would have given the Jets an inside edge to a top-five draft pick.