The NY Jets went into Week 4 of the 2022 NFL season with an X-factor at quarterback. Zach Wilson, their second-year signal-caller, was making his first start of the season after suffering a meniscus injury early in the preseason.
Nobody knew what to expect, and through three quarters, it looked like it would be more of the same from last year. Wilson looked inconsistent, and the brutal dropped passes were just as plentiful as they ever were.
However, all that completely changed when the game hit the fourth quarter. After falling down 10 points to rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett, the Jets, most notably Zach Wilson, turned it on.
Wilson and the offense began converting on third downs, with the former second-overall pick making numerous clutch throws to do so, including a 4th-and-7 pass to Corey Davis, who made multiple key plays that game.
Wilson, with no offensive momentum, nearly single-handedly brought the Jets back into that game and eventually led them to a thrilling 24-20 win in the game's final moments.
Zach Wilson carried the NY Jets in the 4th quarter
Though his stats may not look great, Zach Wilson is the main reason the Jets won Sunday's game. Going into the fourth quarter, the Jets were down by 10, and the Steelers seemed to be handily in control of the game.
Wilson then put on his big boy pants and led the Jets on two major touchdown drives, converting multiple third and longs, and even a fourth down, to keep the game alive. Wilson was 10-of-12 in the fourth quarter with 128 yards and a touchdown — exactly what the Jets want to see out of their young signal-caller.
After bouncing back from a rough first three quarters and clutching up a win, it feels like Zach Wilson grew up on Sunday. He didn't quit, even when many fans thought the game was over, and he showed us why Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh picked him second overall in last year's draft.
If Wilson continues to play as well as he did in the fourth quarter against Pittsburgh, the Jets reasonably could have a puncher's chance at a playoff spot.
This Sunday should be another good test for Wilson, as the Jets search for their first home win of the season against Tyreek Hill and the Miami Dolphins.