The, zipped through the thick MetLife Stadium air, and landed in Kenny Yeboah’s hands for a touchdown as time expired. The New York Jets went wild, celebrating the 49-yard Hail Mary toss. And then Josh Adams ran in the 2-point conversion to secure the 31-31 tie with the Philadelphia Eagles in a preseason without most of the teams’ starters Friday night. But that didn’t diminish what a stirring — and entertaining — comeback by the jubilant Jets was.
“Oh, it was crazy,”Ty Johnson said. “Yeboah? Come on, now. That was just crazy.” The start was delayed 30 minutes because of intense storms that moved through tew York and New Jersey. Air bubbles formed in spots on the rain-drenched turf a few before kickoff, but there appeared to be no issues during the game. Most of the projected starters for both teams sat out — including quarterbacks Jalen Hurts for Philadelphia and Zach Wilson for New York — after the squads held joint practices at the Jets’ facility on Tuesday and Wednesday.
New York was trailing 24-10 when Johnson had a 3-yard run up the middle for a score asquarter. Morgan, who replaced starter Josh Johnson after halftime, connected with Yeboah for a 21-yard touchdown with 6:59 left to bring New York within a point. With no pre-season overtime, coach Robert Saleh opted for a go-ahead 2-point conversion. But Zech McPhearson intercepted Morgan’s toss in the to keep it a one-point game.
The Jets got thewith 1:38 to go and a chance to win. On third-and-7, Morgan completed a pass to Daniel Brown for a first down. But the had the ball ripped out of his hands by Michael Jacquet, who ran it in for what appeared to be a win-sealing 32-yard touchdown. “It’s turnover, and you are supposed to stay down,” Eagles Sirianni said of Jacquet scoring instead of taking a knee. “We didn’t do a good job communicating that to him.” New York got the ball back with 59 seconds remaining, and Morgan, Yeboah, and Adams sent the Jets and their happy — with a tie. “I’m very happy for James and Kenny,” Josh Johnson said. “Those two young guys just to have them have that moment, alot of guys don’t get to experience that.”
Joe Flacco started for Philadelphia and threw two touchdown passes in the first half against his. Flacco, who spent last season as the backup to Sam Darnold, found Boston Scott down the right sideline for a 49-yard touchdown. Josh Johnson, who could be the backup to Wilson, matched Flacco with an impressive . He found Lawrence Cager on a fade for a 2-yard TD to tie it. The Eagles came right Philadelphia up 14-7. The 10-play, 78-yard drive was helped by a personal foul penalty on Bryce Hall, projected to be one of New York’s starting cornerbacks.
“You know guys’ livelihoods are at stake, so you want to help them achieve their goal,” Flacco said. After Matt Ammendola’s 31-yard field goal made it 14-10, Flacco tossed his second touchdown pass in the closing seconds of the half. He found J.J. Arcega-Whiteside for 42 yards, helped by poor tackling attempts by Isaiah Dunn and Elijah Campbell in coverage. Flacco was 13 of 16 for 188 yards and the two scores. Johnson finished 7 of 8 for 73 yards and the TD.
Morgan, trying to make the roster in his, finished 13 of 23 for 158 yards and the two TDs to Yeboah, along with an INT. … Yeboah had four catches for 100 yards. … Eagles RB Elijah Holyfield, son of former heavyweight boxing champ , ran for 60 yards on 16 carries and caught three passes for 22 yards. … Nick Mullens, who replaced Flacco to start the third quarter, was 10 of 14 for 98 yards.
On Wednesday, Saleh expected his starters, including Wilson, to play a series or two but opted to sit them mainly because of injuries to the. “It just bringingg him out,” Saleh said. The No. 2 overall pick, Wilson finished his first NFL preseason by going 15 of 20 for 191 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions and a 137.7 quarterback rating. He , leading the Jets to scores on four.
Hurts’ preseason he consisted of just two series, going 3 of 7 for 54 yards against Pittsburgh in Week 1. The second-year QB was set to playagainst New England but was scratched shortly before the game with a stomach ailment. He returned to practice this and had two solid days in the sessions with the Jets.
Jets: Rookie CB Brandin Echols injured his right shoulder late in the first half and didn’t return.
Eagles: open the regularon Sept. 12.
Jets: kick off their season at Carolina against former QB Sam Darnold on Sept. 12.