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article imageNFL: Jets rally to beat the Cowboys 27-24 in Sunday Night game

By Austin Tyler     Sep 12, 2011 in Sports
East Rutherford - Before the season even started Rex Ryan said the Sunday night 9/11 game will be the most pressure he has ever felt for a game. His team looked like they were under pressure too until the fourth quarter when they released it with a great comeback.
The Dallas Cowboys and newly acquired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan went to visit the New York Jets who is coached by his brother Rex Ryan for a Week 1 matchup. The Cowboys are coming off a disappointing season while the Jets are looking to keep duplicating the past of getting to the AFC Championship game. This time they want to take it step further and actually make it to the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys got the ball first and took no time putting points on the board as they went 74-yards on 9 plays. Tony Romo (23/36, 342 yards, 2 TD’s, 1 Int) looked good on the drive as he did most of the damage with his arm, and capped off the drive by hitting Dez Bryant (3 receptions, 71 yards, 1 TD) for a 3-yard pass that put them up 7-0.
The Jets offense came out and did nothing on their first drive. They went three and out and punted the ball right back to the Cowboys after taking only 1:50 off the clock. The Cowboys offense struggled on their next drive as they were only able to pick up one first down before punting the ball away.
The Jets offense continued to struggle and nearly tunred the ball over on a Mark Sanchez (26/44, 335 yards, 2 TD’s, 1 Int) scramble. Anthony Spencer hit Sanchez and made him loss the ball, but luckily Matthew Mulligan recovered it for the Jets. Even after the recovery the Jets offense struggled and was forced to punt yet again.
Dallas and New York traded punts with both of them going three and out. Neither teams scored or moved the ball very well until the Cowboys kicked a 34-yard field-goal from Dan Bailey to take a 10-0 lead.
With 3:16 left in the second quarter Sanchez got the Jets offense rolling as they moved the ball 83-yards. The Jets moved mostly out of shotgun and also mixed in a little no huddle as well. Sanchez finished the drive by hitting tight end Dustin Keller for a four-yard touchdown pass that got the Jets within three-points 10-7, just before halftime.
The Jets opened the second half with the ball and went three and out and was forced to punt. The Cowboys got the ball and had no problem moving it as they 73-yards in 8 plays. Romo finished the drive by hitting Miles Austin (5 receptions, 90 yards, 1 TD) on a 36-yard touchdown pass. Dallas took a ten-point lead 17-7 and looked like they had the Jets on the ropes.
Sanchez mustard the Jets down the field on the ensuing drive going 69-yards before having Nick Folk come on and kick a field-goal. Folk made a 34-yard field-goal that got the Jets back within seven-points 17-10. The Cowboys took over, but had trouble as they only moved the ball 36-yards before punting it back to the Jets.
New York did not keep the ball long as they turned the ball over on a interception by Sanchez. The Jets dodge a bullet as Sean Lee intercepted the pass and ran in back 38-yards for a touchdown. The replay assistant looked at the play and reviewed it and it was reversed. According to the officials Lee was pushed out of bounds before crossing the plain. That still gave the Cowboys good field position as they were on the Jets one-yard line.
Dallas had Felix Jones (17 carries, 44 yards, 1 TD) punch it end to take a 24-10 lead. The Jets bounced back on their next drive going back to the shotgun formation with a no huddle offense to move the ball down the field. Sanchez moved the Jets 84-yards in just seven plays that was capped off with him hitting Plaxico Burress (4 receptions, 72 yards, 1 TD) for a 26-yard touchdown. That score put the Jets within seven points, down 24-17.
The Jets defense finally stepped up as they forced Romo to fumble as he sacked by Mike DeVito. The ball came loose and Sione Pouha recovered the ball for the Jets giving the offense the ball back. New York could not capitalize on the turnover as they gave it right back when Sanchez was sacked and loss the ball. Danny McCray came in on a blitz and hit Sanchez jarring the ball loose and recovering it his-self.
The Cowboys took over and the Jets defense stepped up again as they blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown. Joe McKnight blocked the Matt McBriar punts and Isaish Trufant recovered it and returned 18-yards for a touchdown. That was the game changer as the Jets tied the game up at 24-points apiece.
Dallas could not move the ball on their next drive and was forced to punt the ball away again, but this time it was successful. The Cowboys looked like they tried to run the clock out on this drive as they ran three straight times after a pass that got them a first down.
The Jets took over and flamed out fast as they went just 8-yards on 6 plays with incomplete passes and Sanchez being sacked to end the drive. Dallas got the ball after the punt, but did not have it long as Romo threw an interception while trying to force the ball to Bryant. Darrelle Revis picked it off and returned it 20-yards giving the Jets good field position with .49 second left.
Sanchez and the Jets offense did not do much with the turnover, but was able to turn it into three-points and the lead. The Jets only moved the ball 2-yards and then had Nick Folk come in and make a 50-yard field-goal to give them a 27-24 lead with .27 seconds left in the game.
Dallas took over, but had trouble out the gate. Austin was called for offensive pass interference on the first play. Austin came back and made a 24-yard grab that gave them a first down. Romo then fumbled the snap, but recovered it and threw an incomplete pass. Dallas then tried the hook-an-ladder play by throwing it to Austin who then pitched Jones who fumbled it. Jamaal Westerman recovered the ball gave the Jets a big come from behind victory on their home turf.
The New York Jets will host the Jacksonville jaguars next week. The Dallas Cowboys will be on the road again as they head to San Fran to take on the San Francisco 49ers.
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