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Jets grab late win over Jaguars

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM
New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro (left) reacts after kicking the game-winning field goal during the overtime period of an NFL game against the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Jaguars 23-20.

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (AP):

Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in overtime, lifting the New York Jets to a wacky 23-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday.

After Catanzaro split the uprights, he and his teammates celebrated wildly in the middle of the field - but then had to wait a moment because there was a penalty flag on the field. The officials ruled there actually was no penalty on the play, giving the Jets the victory.

Bilal Powell rushed for a career-high 163 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown (TD), and rookie Elijah McGuire had a 69-yard score and finished with 93 yards rushing as the Jets (2-2) ran all over the Jaguars (2-2).

But New York blew a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead because of some big mistakes, and then had to hold on in the extra period.

EDWARDS' 70-YARD PUNT

On fourth-and-5 from the Jets 25, Lachlan Edwards boomed a 70-yard punt that was misjudged by Marqise Lee, who had the ball bounce away from him before he recovered. Jacksonville were called for an illegal block in the back on the play, putting the ball at the Jaguars 3.

Jacksonville went three-and-out, but on the punt, Paul Posluszny was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting as the Jets' Dylan Donahue went down on the Jaguars sideline with an elbow injury.

It put the ball on the Jacksonville 25, and after two 1-yard runs, Josh McCown spiked the ball to set up Catanzaro's field goal.

McCown finished 22 of 31 for 224 yards with an interception and the Jets outgained the Jaguars 471-311 in total yards, including 256-175 on the ground.

Blake Bortles was 15 of 35 for 140 yards with a TD and an interception.

It appeared the Jets were heading for a win-sealing drive after a 41-yard pass to Robby Anderson got the Jets to the Jaguars 14. But McCown tossed a backward pass to Powell and the ball bounced off the running back's shoulder pad - ruled a fumble - and Myles Jack recovered and went 81 yards for a touchdown to cut the Jaguars' deficit to one score, 20-17 with 10:20 left in the fourth quarter.

HOLDING CALL

With 3:19 left in regulation and New York still leading by three, A.J. Bouye picked off McCown after Powell slipped right in front of the cornerback and gave the Jaguars the ball at the Jets 35.

Leonard Fournette took a short pass from Bortles and scored a 23-yard touchdown, but it was wiped out by a holding call on Arrelious Benn.

Four plays later, Kony Ealy knocked down a pass from Bortles on third-and-goal from the 4, and the Jaguars settled for Jason Myers' 22-yard tying field goal with 46 seconds remaining.

McGuire had given the Jets a 17-10 lead with 10:02 left in the third quarter with his 69-yard TD run, the first NFL score for the sixth-rounder out of Louisiana-Lafayette.

It marked the first time in franchise history that the Jets had two touchdown runs of 60 or more yards in the same game.