"We just had to keep chopping away at it and stay focused because you never know which play is gonna be the big play". "It was a good win for our team".
On Sunday against the Super Bowl runner-up Falcons, you had your pick of several players and moments that changed the fortune of the Jets, who led 17-13 at the half and 17-16 in the fourth quarter. But it's the NY offense that is the concern here and they will have some issues dealing with the speed of those Atlanta defenders. Matt Bryant hit his fourth field goal three plays later for the final margin with 5:19 to play.
"It's always a favorite thing of mine because of growing up there is where my love of football began", Quinn said. "There's no excuse. My teammates are counting on me to put it through the two yellow pipes, and I didn't do that today", he said.
"That was some of the hardest conditions I've played in, just for the length of the game", Ryan said.
The Falcons have already lost at home to Buffalo and Miami and lost last week at New England.
The journeyman quarterback held his own and kept NY in the game.
His biggest play was a 52-yard run down the sideline to set up a touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Mohamed Sanu. After Claiborne went down on the first defensive series of the second half, Jones had only one more catch, a 53-yard reception.
But again Ryan and C Alex Mack failed to hook up on a center snap.
The Jets were winning that battle six minutes into the third quarter. The Falcons ended up lining Ryan in the shotgun down the stretch to prevent further problems.
For the third week in a row, McCown opened the scoring with a touchdown pass, this time a 20-yard floater to tight end Eric Tomlinson on a seam route.
It was the first lead the Jets gave up on Sunday, but not the last. When the Falcons drove to a last-second field goal to end the half, the Jets went into the locker room with their fifth straight halftime home lead against the Birds.
Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne had drawn the hard assignment of covering star Falcons receiver Julio Jones, but Claiborne was winning the battle. "That kind of resiliency, that kind of toughness is what this group stands for".
The Jets have to be kicking themselves these past two weeks after squandering double-digit leads over the Pats and Dolphins. Falcons DT Ahtyba Rubin was injured in the fourth quarter on the same play he was called for roughing the passer.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes against Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd (94) during a game at Soldier Field.