Folk’s Field Goal Leads Jets To 27-24 Win Over Cowboys

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – 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 Dallas Cowboys in the final game of the NFL’s first full Sunday with the commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as an emotional backdrop.

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Cowboys vs Jets Photos

With the game 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 Dallas’ 34. Four plays later, Folk kicked the go-ahead field goal against his former team.

The Jets tied it with 5 minutes left when Isaiah Trufant, promoted from the practice squad Saturday, ran in a blocked punt from 18 yards for a touchdown. Joe McKnight ran up the middle unblocked and got his hands on Mat McBriar’s kick, which bounced right into Trufant’s hands.

It appeared the Cowboys were going to take a two-touchdown lead midway through the fourth quarter when Jason Witten’s 64-yard catch put the ball at the Jets 3. Three plays later, Tony Romo scrambled, then tried to run it in up the middle, but was sacked by Mike DeVito and the quarterback lost the ball — and it was recovered by nose tackle Sione Pouha.

The Jets turned the ball over a few minutes later when a blitzing Danny McCray sacked Mark Sanchez, hitting him from behind and knocking the ball loose with Dallas recovering. But the Cowboys couldn’t take advantage when they had two penalties and were forced to punt — the play that swung the momentum in the Jets’ favor.

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Images from the 9/11 Tribute

Early in the week Ryan said he felt a responsibility to the New York area to win on opening night, especially with the team honoring the victims of the attacks and their families before the game and at halftime. He also wanted to get the better of his twin brother, Rob, with their father Buddy in the crowd.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • darrell

    being native here i have rooted for and watched the cowboys since day 1. in all of those years i dont think i have ever seen a loss so well deserved. i know the defense had injury problems but its ability to adjust and respond showed a lack of depth and training. special teams just sucked. the offense showed a lack of cohesiveness and mental stamina. romo overall was pathetic. im still waiting on all the final stats but this is at best a 6-10 team.

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  • NiteNurse

    Geezsh! So far I’m not super impressed with Garrett. Nick Folk we should have stuck it out with you during that year after your hip surgery. You are a super place kicker and you still have miracles in that foot of yours.

  • cbpphotobug

    Romo should write a book on how many ways to lose a game. When is Jerry Jones going to wake up and realize that Romo is not his boy. We should have replaced him this year. Now we have to suffer through another season of his chokes. Thanks for the new record Romo: 1st opening game lost when leading by 14 points in the history of the Dallas Cowboys. Yes 1st EVER. You knuckle head and quit smiling on national TV when you F-UP. Jerk!!!

    • wendell lee

      Not frist opening day lose when leading by 14 in fourth,frist lost EVER when leading by 14 in fourth!!!!!

  • Mark

    The headline should read “Romo leads Jets to 27-24 win over Cowboys”

  • Thomas

    Tony Romo, the best teammate our opponents ever had.

  • Carlos Conde

    Romo checks his golf stats using a Golf Handicap Calculator.
    Maybe it’s time to check his turf play using a Choke Handicap Calculator.

  • Dave

    Thank you J. Jones for losing another one. Perhaps it would be wise for you to keep your nose & mouth out of dictating to your puppets.Try staying away from any stadium for awhile and let the coaches(puppets) and players do their thing. Never know what might happen.

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