Jets win ugly over Cowboys to boost playoff hopes

Sun Dec 20, 2015 1:24am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Jets kept themselves firmly in the AFC playoff race by slipping past the Dallas Cowboys 19-16 on Saturday at AT&T Stadium.

"It's good to string some games together," New York Jets coach Todd Bowles said. "Playoffs or not, we have to string some games together. It's a good time to start playing some good football. It wasn't pretty today, all of them are not going to be pretty, but good teams win the ugly games.

"We're on our way to becoming one of those types of teams if we can keep it up."

The Jets improved to 9-5 after their fourth consecutive win despite an uneven showing in all three phases of the game. New York are one-half game up in the AFC wild-card standings over Kansas City and Pittsburgh, which are both 8-5 and play on Sunday.

Jets kicker Randy Bullock atoned for a missed extra point and field goal by nailing a 40-yarder with 36 seconds remaining for the win.

"He came back and made the game-winner and that says a lot about the guy," Bowles said.

The Cowboys had tied the game at 16-16 on Dan Bailey's 50-yard field goal with 1:55 left.

New York quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick moved the offense 58 yards, most of it coming on a 43-yard strike to little-used receiver Kenbrell Thompkins down the sideline. A series of runs set up Bullock's game-deciding kick.

"When we had to have it at the end there, I thought our guys stepped up and made some great plays," Fitzpatrick said.   Continued...

Dec 19, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden (20) runs the ball in the first half against the New York Jets at AT&T Stadium. New York won 19-16. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports