Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jets keep playoff hopes alive, eliminate Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas — Randy Bullock kicked a 40-yard field goal with 36 seconds left, and the Jets kept the pressure on the Steelers and Chiefs in the AFC wild-card race with a 19-16 victory over the Cowboys, who were eliminated from playoff contention Saturday night.

The Cowboys had tied the score at 16 with a 50-yard field goal by Dan Bailey with two minutes left. But the Jets responded with an eight-play, 58-yard drive, with most of the yards coming on a 43-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Kenbrell Thompkins on first and 10 that took New York from its 31-yard line to the Dallas 26.

Fitzpatrick was 26-of-39 for 299 yards, one touchdown and one interception as the Jets moved a half-game ahead of the Steelers and Chiefs in the race for two playoff spots.

Eric Decker caught a 3-yard score to set a franchise record with Brandon Marshall with 21 combined touchdowns receiving as the Jets (9-5) won their fourth straight for the first time since 2010.

Kellen Moore replaced ineffective Matt Cassel at quarterback in the second quarter and gave the Cowboys (4-10) a spark, but it wasn't enough to keep the defending NFC East champions from being eliminated with two games remaining.

In addition to a gaffe that landed in Darrelle Revis' hands with no Cowboys receiver in the area, Cassel missed an easy touchdown to Dez Bryant and sabotaged one possession with an ugly 18-yard sack. Cassel was 3-of-8 for 37 yards and the interception before being benched.

Moore, the Cowboys' fourth quarterback of the season, finished 15-of-25 for 158 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Cassel went 1-5 as the starter. The Cowboys did not score a touchdown in three of his full starts.

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