Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Jets 27, Cowboys 24

Isaiah Trufant of the Jets returns a blocked punt 18 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 24 in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys. Joe McKnight beat the Dallas line to block the kick.

Getty Images

Isaiah Trufant of the Jets returns a blocked punt 18 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 24 in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys. Joe McKnight beat the Dallas line to block the kick.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan wanted this one badly for the New York area — and his Jets delivered.

But it was far from easy.

Nick Folk kicked a 50-yard field goal with 27 seconds left, giving the Jets a 27-24 comeback victory over the Cowboys in the final game of the NFL's first full Sunday, a day commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

With the score tied at 24, the Cowboys had a chance for a winning drive with 59 seconds left, but Tony Romo was intercepted on the first play by Darrelle Revis, who returned it 20 yards to the Dallas 34. Four plays later, Folk kicked the go-ahead field goal against his former team.

The Jets tied it with five minutes left when Isaiah Trufant, promoted from the practice squad Saturday, scored on an 18-yard blocked-punt return. Joe McKnight ran up the middle unblocked and got an outstretched hand on Mat McBriar's kick, which bounced into Trufant's hands.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Jason Witten's 64-yard catch put the ball at the Jets 3. Three plays later, Romo scrambled, then tried to run but was sacked by Mike DeVito and the quarterback lost the ball. Jets nose tackle Sione Pouha recovered.

The Jets turned the ball over a few minutes later when a blitzing Danny McCray sacked Mark Sanchez, forcing a fumble that Dallas recovered. But the Cowboys couldn't take advantage and were forced to punt — the play that swung the momentum in the Jets' favor.

New York got within a touchdown earlier in the fourth when Plaxico Burress caught his first score as a Jet, a 26-yarder from Sanchez.

Burress was playing his first game since completing his prison sentence for gun possession, stemming from a 2008 incident in which he shot himself in the leg.

Last week, Ryan said he felt a responsibility to the New York area to win on opening night, especially with the team honoring the victims and their families of the terrorist attacks before the game and at halftime.

He also wanted to get the better of his twin brother, Dallas defensive coordinator Rob, with their cancer-striken father, Buddy, in the crowd.

The Cowboys had been 241-0-1 in their history when leading by 14 or more in the fourth quarter, according to NBC.


Jets 27, Cowboys 24 09/11/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:36am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said Dave Andreychuk's name has surfaced often the past eight years with the selection committee.

    30 Oct 2001:  Left wing Dave Andreychuk #25 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates towards the blue line during the NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.  The Maple Leafs defeated the Lightning 3-2.  Mandatory Credit:  Dave Sanford /Allsport
  2. Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up.

    Adeiny Hechavarria has emerged as one of baseball’s top defensive shortstops in the past three seasons with the Marlins.
  3. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  4. Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA108
  5. What they're saying about Dave Andreychuk making Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    "Dave helped me so much when I was just starting my career, a young kid that was looking to find his way as a hockey player, a person and a member of the Tampa Bay community. In addition to watching him compile such awe-inspiring statistics, I remember him as a big brother to me and many others, making sure all the …