Kicker Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals including the game-winning 34-yarder with 6:52 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Rams edged the New York Jets 9-6 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Rams (4-5) who rode three Zuerlein field goals to a win for the second time this season. Zuerlein accounted for all of Los Angeles’ offense in a 9-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 18.
It was the second straight loss for the Jets (3-7) who are all but eliminated from playoff contention.
Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt had seven catches for 109 yards while running back Todd Gurley who was listed as questionable with a thigh injury finished with 64 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback Case Keenum was 17-of-30 passing for 165 yards.
Jets quarterback Bryce Petty who surprisingly made his first NFL career start in place of the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick went 19 of 32 for 163 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Fitzpatrick who sprained his left MCL in last Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins had taken most of the first-team reps during practice and was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury’s report.
The Jets got the ball back twice after Zuerlein’s go-ahead field goal. But they didn’t get past midfield on the first drive and Petty was intercepted by Alec Ogletree immediately after the two-minute warning.
Zuerlein booted a 20-yard field goal to cap the Rams’ opening drive which featured back-to-back plays in which Keenum and Britt connected for 25 yards before Benny Cunningham raced 24 yards to the Jets’ 1-yard line. But Cunningham was stopped for no gain on first down and Keenum fired incomplete on second and third down.
Petty a 2015 fourth-round pick who made his NFL debut last week made his first touchdown drive a memorable one when he directed the Jets 99 yards in nine plays spanning the first and second quarter. He got credit for his first career touchdown pass on a trick play when on third-and-goal from the Rams’ 4-yard line Petty passed to Brandon Marshall who immediately lateraled to Bilal Powell who raced into the end zone. Nick Folk missed the extra point.
The Rams tied the game with 20 seconds remaining in the third on Zuerlein’s second field goal a 38-yarder that capped a 15-play 55-yard drive.
|3rd down efficiency||6-17||4-12|
|4th down efficiency||0-0||0-0|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|Time of Possession||34:29||25:31|
How They Scored:
|Greg Zuerlein Made 20 Yrd Field Goal
12 plays, 73 yards, 5:23
|Rams 3, Jets 0|
|Bilal Powell Pass From Bryce Petty for 4 Yrds Nick Folk Missed Ex. Pt Attmpt
9 plays, 99 yards, 4:068
|Rams 3, Jets 6|
|Greg Zuerlein Made 38 Yrd Field Goal
15 plays, 55 yards, 8:15
|Rams 6, Jets 6|
|Greg Zuerlein Made 34 Yrd Field Goal
10 plays, 36 yards, 4:00
|Rams 9, Jets 6|