On Sunday the Jets hosted the Los Angeles Chargers in their final home game of the 2017 regular season.
For the second straight game with Bryce Petty at quarterback, the Jets were unable to develop any consistency on offense. Petty finished with just 119 yards passing as Gang Green lost for the eighth time in their last 10 games.
The Chargers held the Jets to just 3-14 on third down and despite 197 yards rushing, the Jets were unable to score points in a 14-7 loss to Los Angeles.
Los Angeles won for the eighth time in 11 games as they improved their record to 8-7 in their quest to qualify for a Wild Card spot in the AFC.
Here is how the game broke down.
The Jets surprised everyone when they started the game off with an onside kick and recovered, giving them the ball near midfield.
However, the Jets were unable to move the ball thanks to mistakes and poor decisions. Robby Anderson was called for pass interference on a play that would have been a touchdown and Bryce Petty took a sack on a three-step drop that set up third and forever.
Despite their dreadful first possession, the Jets were able to pin the Chargers deep in their territory after a great punt by Lachlan Edwards.
Los Angeles converted a third down on their first possession, but punted the ball back to the Jets after six plays.
Bryce Petty and the Jets offense were unable to get a first down on their next possession, going three plays and out.
Philip Rivers and the Chargers did not do anything on the Chargers second possession of the game, punting the ball back to the Jets after five plays.
On the Jets third drive, Petty started out well with a pair of completions to Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse. However, he missed a wide-open Austin Seferian-Jenkins on second down and the football slipped out of his hands on third down, ending the Jets drive after just five plays.
The Jets defense continued to play well on the Chargers next drive, holding Rivers and company to just 21 yards on five plays before punting back to the Jets as the first quarter ended.
For the quarter, the Jets totaled 35 yards while the Chargers finished with 49.
On the Jets first drive of the second quarter, Petty continued his inaccuracy, throwing two incomplete passes, as they went three plays and out gaining zero yards.
Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense came to life on their next drive, moving the ball into Jets territory for the first time in the game. After moving the ball inside the red zone, it looked like the Jets defense held the Chargers on third down, but Buster Skrine was called for pass interference in the end zone. Two plays later Rivers connected with Antonio Gates for a 3-yard TD pass. The touchdown reception was the 114th in Gates career.
Los Angeles drove 71 yards on 12 plays as Rivers connected on four of his six passes for 54 yards to give the Chargers a 7-0 lead.
The Jets running game introduced themselves on their next drive, as Bilal Powell gained 41 yards on first down to move the Jets into Chargers territory. Bryce Petty connected with Seferian-Jenkins to move the Jets into the red zone for the first time. However, on their next play Matt Forte coughed the ball up, giving the Chargers to ball back at their 20-yard line.
Rivers connected with Derek Watt for 23 yards on first down, but the Jets defense stiffened from there as Justin Burris stopped Tyrell Williams with a brilliant tackle on third down.
Taking over at their 14-yard line, the Jets offense was desperate to get things going. After converting on third down for the first time in the game, Petty missed an open Robby Anderson on third and one, ending the Jets drive.
The Chargers were unable to move the ball on their next drive as the Jets defense held them to 33 yards on five plays forcing a punt.
On the Jets final possession of the first half, Petty was able to move the ball into Chargers territory, but a sack by Isaac Rochell forced moved them out of field goal range. Petty ended the first half with an interception on a Hail Mary attempt.
FIRST HALF STATS
Bryce Petty: 9-20, 81 yards, INT
Philip Rivers: 14-24, 147 yards, TD
The Jets got the ball to start the second half. On third and nine, Petty underthrew Seferian-Jenkins who had to adjust to the ball and fell six yards shy of the first down.
On the Chargers first drive of the second half, Rivers connected with Melvin Gordon on a screen pass for 39 yards, moving Los Angeles into field goal range. The Jets defense held them to just one more yard, forcing a field goal attempt by Nick Rose. Rose missed badly from 47-yards out, just his second miss in 12 attempts this season.
Taking over at their 38-yard line, the Jets offense finally broke through. On third and four, Bilal Powell busted his second long run of the day, this time running 57 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at seven. Powell collected just his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and his first since Week 4 against the Jaguars.
It did not take long for Rivers and the Chargers to answer the Jets touchdown drive with one of their own. Rivers drove the Chargers 75 yards on eight plays, culminating with a one-yard touchdown run by Melvin Gordon. Rivers finished the drive 3-3 for 50 yards.
After gaining nine yards on first down, the Jets were unable to convert on second and third and one, as they were held to three plays and out for the fourth time today.
Los Angeles was unable to build on their previous touchdown drive, as the Jets defense forced them to punt after gaining just 24 yards on four plays.
As the fourth quarter started, the Jets were unable to convert a third and 13, punting the ball back to Los Angeles. The Jets were now just 2-11 on third down. On the Jets punt, it looked like Travis Benjamin returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown, but the Chargers were penalized for holding, negating the big play.
Once again, the Jets defense held the Chargers in check, forcing them to punt after 5 plays and 11 yards.
The Jets next drive started well as Petty connected with Robby Anderson for 16 yards, but a sack pushed the Jets back and forced them to punt after just four plays.
On the Chargers next drive, the Jets defense forced their first three and out of the game, holding the Chargers to -3 yards.
Bryce Petty and the Jets offense took over at their 30, down 14-7 with just under eight minutes remaining. On first down, Bilal Powell collected his third long run of the game, this one for 21 yards, to move the Jets into Chargers territory.
A roughing the passer penalty on the Chargers moved the ball inside the red zone for the Jets, but Petty was unable to connected with Seferian-Jenkins on third down or Robby Anderson on fourth down, giving the ball back to Los Angeles with 3:07 left in the game.
Los Angeles essentially ran the clock out the rest of the way, punting the ball back to the Jets with just three seconds left.
Bryce Petty: 15-28, 119 yards, INT
Philip Rivers: 22-40, 290 yards, TD
The Jets inability to convert inside the Chargers red zone late in fourth quarter. Bryce Petty missed open receivers on third and fourth down, thus ending the Jets chances to rally.
PETTY CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE
Bryce Petty entered the game with just four TD passes in his five career starts. He did not improve on that on Sunday, throwing for just 119 yards and throwing an interception.
JETS LOSE ANOTHER ONE SCORE GAME
The Jets have now lost six games this season by one score and fell to 5-10 overall on the season. The Jets also finished the 2017 home part of their schedule with a 4-4 record.
The Jets finish the 2017 season at New England on December 31.