A connection between former Ravens made history Monday night.
Joe Flacco threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Breshad Perriman in the second quarter to give the New York Jets a 10-7 lead over the visiting New England Patriots. With the completion, Flacco moved past San Francisco 49ers great Joe Montana for 20th on the NFL all-time passing list with 40,600 yards.
The Jets entered the game averaging 156 passing yards per game this season, fewest in the league. But Flacco got off to a hot start, completing 12 of 17 attempts for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as New York took a 20-10 lead.
The Jets extended their lead to 27-17 late in the third quarter on another Flacco touchdown pass to Perriman, this time for 15 yards. New England rallied in the fourth quarter, with Cam Newton scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to tie the game at 27 with 1:57 to go.
After the Patriots forced a three-and-out, with Flacco failing to find a receiver on third-and-7 with less than a minute left, Newton went to work. He had a 5-yard run on third-and-1 from the New England 42 and then spiked the ball with 8 seconds remaining. He followed with a 20-yard pass to Jakobi Meyers to set up the game-winning field-goal attempt for Nick Folk — a former Jets kicker — who made a 51-yarder as time expired to give the Patriots a 30-27 win.
It dropped the Jets to 0-9 for the first time in franchise history.
Newton finished 27 of 35 for 274 yards, and Meyers had 12 catches for 169 yards for the Patriots, who avoided their first five-game losing streak since 1995 under coach Bill Parcells. New England (3-5) will host the Ravens on Sunday night.
“I’m getting tired of sucking,” Newton said. “It’s simple. As a competitor, you know what your standard is. Taking pride in your work, that’s what it comes down to.”
The Jets ran just four plays for 3 yards in the fourth quarter, and had the ball for 1:24. Flacco was intercepted by former Maryland cornerback J.C. Jackson on a deep pass to rookie Denzel Mims with six minutes left, leading to the Patriots' game-tying touchdown drive.
“I don’t think I would’ve made a different decision in the moment,” said Flacco, who has thrown for 40,726 yards. “But, obviously, I’d like to have that one back.”
Flacco finished with 18-for-25 with 262 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, throwing the Jets' first touchdown pass since Oct. 11. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Flacco has thrown three touchdown passes in a game against the Patriots four times in his career, second to Peyton Manning (six) for the most such games against New England since 2000.
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Perriman had five catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns, just his second career game with multiple touchdown receptions.
Flacco started Monday night in place of Sam Darnold, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury. Flacco, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Jets in May after being released by the Denver Broncos in March, has played three games this season in relief of Darnold, completing 51.9% of his passes for 397 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVII with the Ravens, Flacco was traded to the Broncos for a fourth-round draft pick before the start of the 2019 season. He started eight games in Denver last season, completing 65.3% of his passes and averaging 227.8 yards per game with six touchdowns and five interceptions before being placed on injured reserve with a herniated disk in his neck, which required surgery.
Perriman, considered one of the Ravens' biggest draft busts after being picked 26th overall in 2015 out of Central Florida, joined the Jets this offseason on a one-year, $6.5 million deal after a breakout season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Perriman has played in only four games this season entering Monday, recording 11 catches for 118 yards.
The 27-year-old wide receiver spent his first two seasons in the league catching passes from Flacco, recording 43 receptions for 576 yards and three touchdowns in 27 games with the Ravens before being cut in September 2018.