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Rookie inspires NY Jets to last minute win

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Despite having trailed Atlanta Falcons 28-27 with under two minutes on the clock, NY Jets took the win thanks to a Nick Folk field goal.

However, the hero of the piece was rookie quarter back Geno Smith, who made four straight passes before an eight-yard run set up the kicking opportunity.

Smith had come under scrutiny after some less than convincing displays in the first four weeks of the season, but he proved his worth on Monday night as the Jets recorded their third win of the campaign.

Smith was delighted with the role he played in the last minute victory, and always had faith in his ability to have such an impact on a game, he told NFL.com: "It's always been a dream of mine since I was a kid to be in those situations.

"My confidence is always sky-high. Nothing can bring me down."

Having seen his first four displays littered with mistakes, Smith was determined to keep hold of the football for his team, he said: "It's a mindset. I made it my duty to come out here and not put the ball on the ground and not put my team in jeopardy."

The Jets will be thrilled with the victory, which takes their record to 3-2, although they made much harder work of it than expected.

Leading 17-7 at the half-way stage, the Jets should have coasted towards a comfortable victory, but the Falcons had other ideas and took the lead with just 1 minute 54 seconds on the clock courtesy of a 3-yard touchdown.

The game wasn't over though, and after inspired work from Smith it was left to Nick Folk to make a 43-yard field goal with the final play of the game.

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