Jets dig deep and keep Browns winless
CLEVELAND — Down a couple of scores and 30 minutes away from a loss to that would have turned a disappointing season into something far more dire, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis decided it was time for a wakeup call. The fact one was required against the winless and luckless Browns is telling of just how things have been going in New York.
Regardless, whatever Revis said worked. Ryan Fitzpatrick led three long touchdown drives as the Jets — who trailed 20-7 at halftime — put together the biggest second-half road comeback in team history, rallying for a victory.
"It was basically, 'Just fight. We are not leaving this stadium not winning the game,'" Revis said of his halftime message. "This game is very important to us. When adversity strikes, we have to respond."
For once, the Jets did. Emphatically.
A week after openly criticizing team management for losing faith in him when it benched him in favor of Geno Smith, Fitzpatrick overcame a nightmarish first half to throw for 222 yards and a score.
"I'm here to try to win football games for these guys," Fitzpatrick said.
New York outgained the Browns 287-133 in the second half, and most of Cleveland's yards came on a garbage-time drive.