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Folk kicks 50-yard FG to give Jets 27-24 comeback victory over Cowboys
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) ' Nick Folk kicked a 50-yard field goal with 27 seconds left, giving the New York 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.
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.
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) ' Tony Romo picked on Antonio Cromartie for two touchdown passes, giving Dallas a 17-10 lead over the New York Jets through three quarters in the final game of the NFL's first full Sunday and its commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Romo threw for a 3-yard touchdown to Dez Bryant on the Cowboys' opening drive of the night. Miles Austin outwrestled Cromartie for a 36-yard TD in the third period. Austin became Romo's main target when Bryant went to the locker room during the quarter before returning late in the period.
Romo's return after missing the final 10 games of last season with a broken left collarbone was going well. He went 4 for 5 for 61 yards on the first-quarter drive, including a slant-in to Bryant that the receiver took 42 yards. Romo found Bryant on a jump ball over cornerback Cromartie in the left corner of the end zone for the lead.
Austin's catch to make it 17-7 was just as impressive. Romo's pass seemed destined to settle into Cromartie's hands, but instead Austin powered away the ball for six points.
The Jets were without star cornerback Darrelle Revis for much of the third quarter with cramps. He also returned on the same drive that Bryant came back.
New York did respond after Austin's score with a 33-yard pass to Jeff Cumberland that sparked a 64-yard drive. Nick Folk capped it with a 34-yard field goal, making it 17-10.
Plaxico Burress, another player making a comeback ' he last played in 2008 for the Giants before missing more than two seasons while jailed on a gun charge ' got his first reception with 44 seconds to go in the period, an 18-yarder.
But Mark Sanchez's next pass was intercepted by Sean Lee, and the Jets missed a boatload of tackles as Lee scurried down the right sideline for 37 yards to the New York 1 as the period ended.
Sanchez's start hardly was auspicious, either. He took a hard sack from DeMarcus Ware on New York's first snap, then threw two short completions before the Jets punted. Sanchez later fumbled on a scramble, but the ball fortuitously bounced upfield to tight end Matthew Mulligan for a 12-yard gain.
After an exchange of punts early in the second quarter, New York took possession at the Dallas 46 and again succumbed to disruptive pressure from Ware. This time, he hurried a pair of throws that forced a Jets punt.
Dallas took over at its 9, 3 yards better than on its previous series. And then it was the Jets' pass rush that dominated, with Calvin Pace getting the Jets' third sack of the evening as the game turned into a punting exchange.
The first-half defensive superiority had to please Buddy Ryan, the famed former coach whose son, Rex, is Jets head coach. Rex's twin brother, Rob, is Dallas' defensive coordinator, and the elder Ryan attended even though he is battling cancer.
But Rob's Cowboys did get three more points on a 34-yard field goal by David Buehler that capped a 10-play march.
Then Sanchez used a screen pass to LaDainian Tomlinson that gained 32 yards and three passes to Dustin Keller for another 32 yards to get New York close. Keller got free in the back of the end zone and cradled a 4-yard pass in his red, white and blue gloves to make it 10-7.
The action was preceded by an emotionally charged pregame show featuring an a capella version of the "Star Spangled Banner" by Lady Antebellum that had a crowd of nearly 80,000 silently listening, many of the fans saluting, some crying. Players from both sides held an American flag that blanketed the field while Lady A sang.
At halftime, the stadium lights were turned off, with dozens of people gathering at midfield and forming two huge human squares ' in honor of the Twin Towers. The squares were made visible by those involved holding up lights, along with three spotlights in the middle of each formation.
Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik then sat at a piano on the field and performed his song, "Superman (It's Not Easy)," which became an anthem for many after the attacks with its lyrics about heroes.