EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Jets safety Tony Adams jumped the route, snagged the ball that Jalen Hurts intended for tight end Dallas Goedert and returned it 45 yards, seemingly carrying a tight game’s momentum all that way with him.
Jets running back Breece Hall needed just 8 yards the following play to score the go-ahead touchdown. Jets quarterback Zach Wilson dropped back before nailing Randall Cobb in traffic for a 2-point conversion.
Suddenly, the Jets — who in 12 prior contests all-time had beat the Eagles a total of zero times — held their first advantage of the day.
And soon after, the NFL’s last unbeaten team fell.
The Jets triumphed 20-14.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 16, 2023
Neither offense played a particularly clean game on a feisty defensive day. But ultimately four Eagles giveaways were too much for even the defending NFC champions to overcome.
A second-quarter pass had bounced from Goedert’s hands into Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams’ waiting hands.
After Hurts later checked down a pass to running back D’Andre Swift, Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley punched the ball loose. Fellow linebacker Quincy Williams, also Quinnen’s brother, recovered it to set up a Jets field goal.
Hurts’ first of two fourth-quarter interceptions could arguably be excused by Jets edge rusher Jermaine Johnson hitting his arm midthrow, setting up Bryce Hall’s interception.
But Hurts was not hit on the game-wrecking turnover.
Jets’ fourth takeaway sets up their go-ahead TD.
First lead of day for NYJ. 2-point conversion good.
Jets 20, Eagles 14 with 1:46 to play.. pic.twitter.com/4HU1pZYMuO
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) October 15, 2023
The Jets' defense lifted its offense on an average-by-Jets-standards, but otherwise subpar, day.
New York managed to convert on just 2-of-11 first downs and 1-of-4 red zone visits, often squandering opportunities gift-wrapped for them like the Eagles’ missed 37-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Hurts finished the day 28-of-45 for 280 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions while rushing for a game-high 47 yards and a score on eight carries.
Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown led all pass-catchers with 131 yards on seven catches, becoming the first receiver in Eagles history to surpass 125 yards in a game, according to the Fox broadcast.
Zach Wilson completed 19 of 33 passes for 186 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions as he absorbed five sacks. Breece Hall compiled 93 all-purpose yards while Garrett Wilson led Jets receivers with 90 yards on eight catches.
The Eagles fell to 5-1, while the Jets improved to 3-3.