Jets notes: Quincy Enunwa saves the day
CLEVELAND — The most important play of the Jets’ 31-28 win Sunday may have been an incomplete pass.
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s first throw of the second half should have been intercepted. Jamar Taylor had it in both of his hands, and it would have been a devastating blow for a Jets team that had played awfully and trailed, 20-7.
But receiver Quincy Enunwa got his hand on the ball and pried it loose, before Taylor could come down with it.
“I saw the ball in the air and just wanted to take the ball away,” Enunwa said. “It was either I was going to get the ball or no one was going to get the ball.”
It’s the kind of play that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet, but may have changed the course of the Jets’ season. Moments later, Enunwa ended that drive with a spectacular 24-yard touchdown catch.
The Jets went on to score three straight touchdowns to start the second half and pull away.
RUNNING GAME: The Jets did some of their best work Sunday through the run. They carried the ball 35 times for 171 yards and three touchdowns. It was a key part of the Jets’ offensive success after halftime.
Bilal Powell (six carries for 76 yards) had a 35-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, in which he found a hole with tremendous speed and kept his balance for the final 10 yards down the sideline. Matt Forte (25 carries, 82 yards) had two second-half touchdowns that were critical to the Jets’ comeback.
“It’s like a best friend for a quarterback to be able to run the ball like that,” Fitzpatrick said. “The touchdown run by Bilal was awesome.”
FITZ SCARE: Bryce Petty, who was named the backup quarterback before the game, nearly made his debut in the first quarter. Fitzpatrick was scrambling for a first down near the sideline and took a crushing hit from Browns defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun.
Fitzpatrick’s helmet flew off, and his face slammed into the dirt. But the quarterback immediately popped up to retrieve the helmet. Fitzpatrick ran back out onto the field, but officials then checked him for a concussion.
Petty took to the field for first-and-10, and seemingly his NFL debut. But the Browns challenged the spot and won. The Jets punted on fourth-and-short, and Fitzpatrick returned to the game. Petty’s debut will have to wait.