Jets, Giants Pick Up Their First Win of the 2021 NFL Season

Carter Bentivenga, Managing Editor

Every Sunday is a good one if you’re a fan of football, but this past week was extra special for fans in New York. 

Both the New York Jets and New York Giants picked up their first win of the season in Week 4, after they both started the season with an 0-3 record. Might not have been as early as both fan bases would’ve hoped to win a game, but it’s definitely better late than never. 

The Giants got their first W of the season on the road, taking down the New Orleans Saints in overtime by a final score of 27-21. Down by 11 headed into the fourth quarter, quarterback Daniel Jones found running back Saquon Barkley in the end zone for a passing touchdown, and the Giants would convert on a two-point conversion to cut the lead to just three. Kicker Graham Gano hit a field goal with 36 seconds left to tie it up, and the game would head to overtime. OT was dominated by the Giants, as they held onto the ball for the entire frame. It took nine plays for 80 yards before Jones connected with Barkley once again, this time handing it off for Saquon to power his way into the end zone. The Giants now find themselves at 1-3 through four games this season, headed into their Week 5 matchup with their arch rivals, the Dallas Cowboys (kickoff from Dallas is on Oct. 10, at 4:25pm eastern). 

It was a big win for the Jets as well, as they upset a good Tennessee Titans team by a final score of 27-24 at home. The Jets had to surmount a comeback of their own last Sunday, finding themselves down 9-0 in the second quarter. They’d manage to close the gap thanks to a touchdown from running back Michael Carter and a field goal to put the home side up 10-9 at halftime. The third quarter only had one field goal from the Jets, before a wild fourth quarter that saw the two teams combine for 29 points. The Titans would tie the game with just 19 seconds to go, sending the game to overtime. In OT, kicker Matt Ammendola split the uprights to give New York the lead again, and from there it was all defense. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill would drive the Titans up the field following the Jets’ score, setting up a 49-yard field goal attempt late in the extra frame. The kick would go just wide, sending the home crowd into a frenzy as the Jets held on.

This was a game of firsts for the Jets, as newly hired head coach Robert Saleh earned his first victory as a head coach. This game also marked the first NFL win for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, who was drafted second overall in 2021 out of Brigham Young University (BYU). The Jets now find themselves at 1-3 on the season, tied for second in the AFC East with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. Their next game is a unique one, as they’re set to take on the Atlanta Falcons at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, as part of two International Games hosted by the NFL this season (kickoff from London is on Oct. 10, at 9:30am eastern).