New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 14 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
December 7, 2014
Mixed in with the Sunday NFL schedule in Week 14 we had a cross-conference matchup between the Vikings and the Jets. Minnesota was coming off a big win over the Panthers, while the Jets blew another lead and fell to the Dolphins on “Monday Night Football” in Week 13. Both teams are essentially just playing out the schedule at this point, but there’s still a lot of pride on the line. It still ended up being one of the week’s most interesting games.
Let’s check out some of the notable statistics and players from this matchup so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 15 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Despite the records, this was one of the most exciting matchups of Week 14. The first quarter was pretty wild, as the first play from scrimmage was a Gerald Hodges pick-6 from 27 yards out. The Jets would get on the board shortly thereafter with a safety by Sheldon Richardson and a 35-yard Percy Harvin touchdown from Geno Smith. Minnesota would reclaim the lead with a Charles Johnson TD catch from Teddy Bridgewater for 56 yards. Nick Folk would boot a 36-yard field goal to make it 14-12 Vikings after a wild first quarter.
In the second, Jerome Felton scored after recovering his team’s fumble in the end zone and Folk nailed a 36-yarder for a 21-15 halftime score.
The only scoring of the relatively quiet third quarter was a 22-yard Folk field goal, and in the fourth, he nailed two more book ended around a 20-yard Blair Walsh boot for a 24-24 tie. Walsh had a chance to win it as the quarter expired, but didn’t get all of the kick. The game went to overtime.
In the extra period, the Jets offense couldn’t get much past midfield, and after the change of possession the Vikings scored on an improbable Bridgewater-to-Jarius Wright third-down wide receiver screen that went a whopping 87 yards for a TD. The final score of this wild game was 30-24 Minnesota.
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The Stars: With his big play at the end, Wright ended up with four receptions for 123 yards and the TD. Johnson would finish with 103 yards and his score as part of Bridgewater’s 309 passing yards on the day.
On the other side, Percy Harvin had a stellar afternoon wasted, going for 124 yards and a score on six grabs. Nick Folk also rebounded from a sketchy outing last week, nailing all five of his tries.
The Goats: The Jets very easily could have won this game in regulation. If it hadn’t been for the pick-6 at the beginning of the first, or Chris Ivory’s fumble near the goal line, we wouldn’t have been talking about overtime. The team was also vulnerable to the big play with some poor coverage and tackling at times.
Injuries: Both teams were fairly fortunate with injuries here, though the Jets’ Sheldon Richardson limped off the field in the fourth quarter after a sack. We’ll have to see how he does in practice this week--he’s an integral part of their defense.
Vikings safety Robert Blanton had to crawl off the field in overtime. He appeared to injure his leg.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 15, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, December 14. The Jets will head to Tennessee to take on the Titans (4:05 PM ET on CBS), while the Vikings will get a divisional matchup in Detroit against the Lions (4:25 PM ET on FOX).
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