Offensively, the Jets showcased a balanced attack with I.Abanikanda leading the ground game, racking up 56 yards on 12 attempts, averaging 4.7 yards a carry. His longest rush stretched out to 26 yards, though he couldn’t find the end zone. Through the air, Z.Wilson put on a clinic, completing 14 of his 20 attempts, throwing for 123 yards, and delivering a touchdown with a passer rating of 102.7. His main target, Mi.Carter, proved difficult to defend, grabbing 2 catches for an impressive 34 yards, with his longest being a 25-yard completion.
On the other side of the ball, Carolina's offense had S.Brown leading their rush with 8 carries for 34 yards. The passing game saw some turbulence as M.Corral, although tossing for 126 yards, faced the fury of the Jets' defense with 4 sacks and threw an interception, ending the day with a 63.8 passer rating. D.Wright stepped up in the receiving corps, snagging 3 catches for 35 yards, with a long of 15 yards.
In a thrilling defensive play, Jets' cornerback J.Moreland managed to snatch an interception, although without any return yardage. The Panthers' defense was not to be outdone with S.Franklin taking an interception and dashing for 24 yards.
Special teams had their moment in the sun too. The Jets' T.Morstead punted 3 times for an average of 47.7 yards with his longest boot flying 56 yards. The Panthers responded with J.Hekker launching the ball 5 times, with his best kick reaching 60 yards.
But, where was the momentum change? Turnovers always play a pivotal role. While the Jets managed to protect the ball, the Panthers’ M.Corral fumbled twice, with one being recovered by his own team.
With all the drama unfolding, the ultimate decider in any game is the scoreboard. However, the final score was not provided in the stats. Yet, based on the stats, the Jets seemed to have the upper hand with their offensive prowess and strong defensive plays. One can only imagine the roars from the crowd, the intensity on the field, and the nail-biting moments leading up to the final whistle.