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Jets learning importance of winning on home turf

All the Jets needed was a little Snoopy on their side.

Since MetLife bought the naming rights to the facility formerly known as The New Meadowlands Stadium this past summer, the Jets have turned the stadium into a true home-field advantage. Sunday afternoon’s comeback win over San Diego now makes the Jets 4-0 at home and has the team brimming with confidence.

Overcoming a 21-10 halftime deficit — the second time this season that the Jets have been behind at MetLife Stadium at halftime — is a sign that the Jets are feeling right at home in “The House that Snoopy Built.”

“This is huge going into the bye, winning two straight, continuing to stay undefeated at home,” LaDainian Tomlinson said. “We plan on going undefeated at home, winning all the home games and winning a few on the road. We’ve stayed true to form, we continue to take care of business at home.”

In an AFC that looks like it will remain crowded until the season’s final week, winning out at home gives the Jets a definite advantage.

“I want to tip my hat to our fans. I know we could barely communicate to
each other, so obviously it had to be super hard for the Chargers to
communicate. It was brutal. We were yelling and trying to get certain
calls in, and it was rough,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “We talk about home field
advantage, and that was probably the difference in the game.”

Since the Jets have failed to win on the road this season, posting an 0-3 mark, Sunday’s win became an imperative for the franchise. And while Ryan has led the team to the playoffs in his first two years as coach, his team has never played well at home. Coming into this season, the Jets were a decidedly average 9-7 combined at home in Ryan’s first two years with the team. A 4-0 mark at MetLife Stadium this year is a testament to the Jets wanting to take advantage of their home crowd.

As loud as it was for the Chargers, it was almost as deafening for the Jets, who had to deal with their own miscommunication issues due to the crowd noise. The cheering lead to some confusion in the game’s closing moments after San Diego failed on fourth down on their final play from scrimmage. Reacting to the celebrating fans, some of the players thought the game was over.

“The crowd was so into it and so loud that Brandon Moore was the only one who knew it was fourth down,” Ryan said. “He’s running out there and I’m yelling ‘There’s three seconds left!’ I don’t know if everybody else knew it was fourth down, but it was so loud you could barely concentrate.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.

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