Los Angeles Rams vs. New York Jets
February 3, 2021
The miserable 0-12 Jets look for their first win against the up-and-down Rams. The game starts with the Rams getting the ball first, but they punt after only three plays. The Jets immediately get down to business and score a touchdown in 13 plays.
They are able to drive down to the Rams 18 with small plays and lots of third downs until on third and five, QB Sam Darnold passes a short pass to RB Ty Johnson for the touchdown. Johnson already has converted on three third downs in the game. Rams punt again, and then the Jets do the same when they go three and out after Darnold gets sacked.
The Rams are doing terribly when their third drive again ends in another punt. When they attempt to punt the ball away, it is now blocked! Jets capitalize and get an easy 39-yard field goal. The Jets are already winning 10-0 early in the game.
The Rams offense continues to underperform and QB Jared Goff throws an interception the very next drive. After this, the Rams have two first downs and it’s already the second quarter. The Jets tack on another field goal after the INT, and the Rams have the ball again. For the third time, the Rams go three and out and punt.
The next three drives are punts by both teams, and the score remains 13-0. Rams get one more chance before the quarter ends, and finally they get points up, making it 13-3. After halftime, the Jets get the ball, and they show they are ready to win as they drive down the field and score a touchdown in a total of 11 plays.
Big plays like TE Chris Herndon getting a 22-yard catch and WR Breshad Perriman getting a 21-yard catch, were able to set up future Hall of Famer RB Frank Gore to get the one-yard score on 4th and Goal.
Rams are coming back though. They score a TD on the next drive as well, set up by TE Tyler Higbee getting a big 44 yard catch. Higbee was able to spin move and pass multiple defenders. The drive was finished when WR Robert Woods caught a pass from Goff for 15 yards and a touchdown. The extra point made it 20-10.
The Jets answered back with a 21 yard field goal that was set up by some big plays by WR Jamison Crowder. Sam Ficken is now 3/3 with field goals and 2/2 with extra points. Rams won’t stop though. Their next drive is another TD. Funny thing is when Gore scored, the Jets drove for 72 yards. When they got the short field goal, it was also 72 yards. When Woods scored for the Rams, they drove for 75 yards. This touchdown now was also for 75 yards!
Anyways, on the third play of this drive, Robert Woods rushed for 40 yards to move the chains. The touchdown was to Higbee for three yards, and it made the score 23-17 Jets. The next Jets drive is a punt, and then the Rams offense are back at it again. In 11 plays, they settle for a field goal and make the game very close at 23-20. Jets punt again, and the Rams have a chance.
RB Cam Akers has a big 22 yard run, but it doesn’t stand because Higbee got a penalty. Later, it is third and four. Goff throws it to Akers, but it is incomplete. On 4th and 4, Goff can’t complete the ball and the Jets are in possession! They close out the game and the Jets finally get their first win of the season! This might put their chances of getting the first pick in danger. The Rams get embarrassed at home, and they fall to 9-5.
Some notable players from this game include Jets K Sam Ficken, Tyler Higbee, and Jamison Crowder.