Coming off a rough loss to the New England Patriots at home, the NY Jets looked to get back on track this week as they welcomed the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, to MetLife Stadium. This was probably one of the best games of the season, both offensively and defensively, for the Jets.
At the end of the first quarter, the Jets were down 17-0, and it looked all but over. However, something clicked inside of Zach Wilson, and he led the Jets to what used to be an insurmountable comeback. Unfortunately, the Jets would fall to the Chiefs 23-20. So, who is to blame?
Who is to blame for the NY Jets' loss to the Kansas City Chiefs?
Well, to say the ending of this game was disappointing and just downright infuriating is an understatement. The person, or should I say, people, to blame isn't on the Jets, or the Chiefs, for that matter. This game was a classic case of the NFL officials ruining what was an otherwise incredibly fun game.
Blaming the referees is a tale as old as time. As fans, we have all done it and aren't always proud of using that excuse. Most of the time, it's used as a cliche excuse to try and negate the fact that your team lost because of a skill issue. Tonight was truly not one of those moments.
Late in the fourth quarter, with about six minutes left, the Chiefs were moving the ball, and they faced a 3rd-and-22. The Jets were down 23-20 at the time, and Mahomes scrambled up the middle for 25 yards.
The whole while, Jermaine Johnson was being held for a solid five seconds on camera for the whole world to see. Instead, the referees would call a penalty on C.J. Mosley for illegal contact.
A few plays later, with roughly four minutes left on 3rd-and-20, Michael Carter II picked off Mahomes to hopefully get the Jets one more shot to win the game.
However, this would be called back due to a penalty by Sauce Garder for defensive holding. Spoiler alert — Gardner didn't hold anyone at all. This allowed the Chiefs to just run out the clock and win the game.
This was an amazing game for the entire Jets team. Zach Wilson had an absolutely incredible, and some may say even career-saving performance. He finished the game by completing 28 passes out of 39 attempts for 245 yards. He threw for two touchdowns and had zero interceptions. A lot of players on the Jets played incredibly well tonight.
Breece Hall finished with 56 yards on six rushes. Garrett Wilson had nine receptions for 60 yards. Allen Lazard played his best game with the Jets, so far as he caught three passes for 61 yards. This was a full-team effort on both sides of the ball to keep the game close.
However, it's unfortunate how a truly incredible competitive game ends with NFL officials doing what they seem to do best these days.