Jets eliminated from playoff race as Ravens beat Lions

Rex Ryan Patriots Jets
Rex Ryan and the Jets are out of the playoff hunt.
Credit: Getty Images

The Jets’ season was ended by a kicker.

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker kicked six field goals, including a game-winner from 61 yards with 38 seconds left, to lead Baltimore to an 18-16 win over the Lions. The win eliminated the Jets, at 6-8, from playoff contention.

Detroit had taken a lead with 2:21 remaining on a 14-yard touchdown catch by Joseph Fauria. But they missed the two-point conversion when Calvin Johnson couldn’t haul in a catch that would’ve made it a three-point game.

The Jets have now missed the playoffs in three consecutive seasons after head coach Rex Ryan led his team to consecutive AFC Championship game appearances in his first two seasons in New York.

Ryan acknowledged Monday it was unlikely his team would make the postseason, despite holding out hope.

“Did I flash the playoff scenario up there [in the team meeting]? Absolutely. Absolutely I did,” Ryan said Monday afternoon. “And I think there’s only one playoff scenario [for us to make it in] of all the lists of a million of them. A lot of things have got to happen. Are we aware that Detroit needs to beat Baltimore for us to be alive? Yeah, we’re aware of it, there’s no doubt.”

Ironically, it’s Ryan’s former team which knocked him out of the postseason. Ryan spent 1999 to 2008 with the Ravens staff.

But Ryan said he’s not worried about his team still competing even after elimination.

“This team’s going to play hard regardless, Ryan said. “Whether there’s a playoff scenario out there or not, this team will play hard. I’m confident of that. I’m confident we’ll prepare, we’ll do everything, we’re professionals and this team is close. You never want to go out that way. You want to go out being true to yourself and everything else.”

The Dolphins (8-6) and Chargers (7-7) are now the only teams competing with Baltimore for the final wild-card spot.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Gunther from 'Friends' talks Central Perk

We spoke with Gunther (James Michael Tyler) at the preview for new pop-up Central Perk, based on the cafe in "Friends."

Local

Central Perk opens in SoHo

Central Perk, of "Friends" fame, is giving out free coffee in SoHo through Oct. 18.

National

Beer sponsor Anheuser-Busch reproaches NFL over domestic abuse

Anheuser-Busch chastised the NFL for its handling of domestic violence cases, making it the first major advertiser to put pressure on the league.

Local

Sen. Krueger dishes on prospect of legal marijuana…

New Yorkers may see the legalization of recreational marijuana use as early as 2015 if State Senator Liz Krueger (D) gets her way. The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act will…

Music

FREEMAN makes Freeman a free man from Ween

For nearly 30 years, Aaron Freeman was known endearingly to his listeners as Gene Ween. But with "FREEMAN," he makes it clear that he's gone somewhere else.

Television

'Outlander' recap: Season 1, Episode 6: 'The Garrison…

Whipping, punching, kicking and a marriage contract. "Outlander" is not for the faint of heart this week with "The Garrison Commander."

The Word

The Word: Hey girl, it's a girl for…

It's a girl for Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes, who reportedly welcomed a daughter last Friday, according to Us Weekly. The super-private couple managed to…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 16: 'New Girl,'…

Check out the season premiere of "New Girl," as Jess competes with Jessica Biel for a guy's attentions.

MLB

5 top contenders for NL Rookie of the…

The outing rekindled award talk for deGrom, who appears to hold the top spot for NL Rookie of the Year honors. Metro breaks down a few other contenders.

College

College football Top 25 poll (AP rankings)

College football Top 25 poll (AP rankings)

NFL

Tom Coughlin says Giants 'beat themselves' against Cardinals

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who had a day to cool off and reflect, still sounded like he had a gnawing feeling in his gut.

NFL

Marty Mornhinweg accepts blame for Jets timeout fiasco

Jets fans looking for a scapegoat for Sunday’s timeout fiasco found a willing party on Monday: Marty Mornhinweg.

Style

Rachel Zoe: New York Fashion Week Spring 15

Rachel Zoe goes 'Glam bohemia' for Spring.

Food

Where to find SweeTango apples

Introduced in 2009, SweeTango — a hybrid of Honeycrisp and Zestar — is a sweet apple with plenty of crunch.

Style

London Fashion Week recap

London Fashion week gets in on the action with politics, heritage and summertime living.

Food

Padma Lakshmi's recipe for green mango curry

Padma Lakshmi shares her recipe for green mango curry in UNICEF's new book, "UNICHEF."