New York Jets Score Two Touchdowns in Final Two Minutes to Shock Cleveland Browns


In what might have been Week 2's most improbable win, the New York Jets topped the Cleveland Browns on Sunday despite entering the game's final two minutes down 30-17. Quarterback Joe Flacco nailed wide receiver Corey Davis for a 66-yard touchdown strike, a successful onside kick ensued, Flacco promptly hit Garret Wilson for another 15-yard score, and the Jets somehow walked away with a 31-30 win. Only in the NFL.

In a year full of early season disappointments, the Jets have Flacco to thank for one of the brightest moments in recent team history. Injuries to second-year quarterback Zach Wilson and multiple starting offensive linemen had cast a pall over the early portion of the 2022 NFL season, and an 0-2 start could have rendered Jets fans all but hopeless. But after a 307-yard, four touchdown game from Flacco, the Jets can suddenly look forward to competitive games in the coming weeks against the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. Suddenly, it seems conceivable the Jets could actually sport a winning record when Wilson makes his healthy return. If scoring two touchdowns in two minutes is possible, anything is.
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As for the Browns, they'll likely be miserable looking back at this game as the season progresses. Every win will be crucial in the lead-up to quarterback Deshaun Watson's Week 12 return if they want to make a late push into the playoffs, and there won't be many opportunities like this one. On offense, the team got just about all they could hope for: the run game was sensational with 185 yards on 37 carries, and quarterback Jacoby Brissett played largely mistake-free football, his lone turnover coming on the team's final drive with defeat all but certain. The Browns managed 29 first downs and converted eight of their 12 third down opportunities, but it still wasn't enough. With winnable games few and far between, this loss could easily haunt them all year.

Looking ahead to Week 3, the New York Jets have a date with the disappointing 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals, and the Cleveland Browns will try to bounce back with a win over their AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football.

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