EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The story is getting previous quick with the New York Jets. Take the lead, carry it into the fourth quarter and lose the sport.

It occurred for the third straight time Sunday because the Jets dropped a 25-20 resolution to the error-prone Atlanta Falcons in a recreation performed in a heavy rain that led to fumbles, dropped pbades and a variety of empty seats at MetLife Stadium.

As an alternative of the Patriots and Dolphins rallying, this time it was a Falcons group that was using a three-game dropping streak.

“Man, it is actually robust. Simply go take a look at the tape and see. Irritating,” mentioned Jets quarterback Josh McCown, who was 26 of 33 for 257 yards and two touchdowns. “You go on the market and battle, battle the weather and transfer the soccer effectively at occasions and get ultimately zone. (Now we have to) work out what the heck we’re doing within the second half that is not permitting us to play the identical manner. Received to repair that.”

The Jets (Three-5) had their possibilities.

After taking a 7-Zero lead on McCown’s 20-yard move to Eric Tomlinson on their opening sequence, they recovered a botched snap by Matt Ryan on the Falcons 34. Three performs netted 6 yards, and a 46-yard area objective try by Chandler Catanzaro was broad proper. It was one in all two misses by the placekicker, and every time Ryan led Atlanta to a landing, with the second approaching a go-ahead Eight-yard move to Mohamed Sanu with 12:22 to play.

The Falcons by no means trailed once more, outscoring New York 12-Three within the second half.

“There is not any excuse,” Catanzaro mentioned. “My teammates are relying on me to place it by way of the 2 yellow pipes, and I did not do this right this moment.”

Not solely did Catanzaro price his group six factors, returner Jeremy Kerley muffed a punt at his personal 15 with 6:42 to play. It allowed Atlanta to increase its result in the ultimate five-point margin.

“We performed onerous, for probably the most half. It is disappointing to not win,” Jets coach Todd Bowles mentioned. “It is disappointing we did not shut it out. Too many errors within the fourth quarter. Cannot occur. Cannot put the ball on the bottom. Cannot have well timed errors. All people has to play their model of ball. Laborious sufficient, not ok.”

However it has been an previous story. New York blew an early 14-Zero lead towards New England right here two weeks in the past after which squandered a 28-14 fourth-quarter lead in a 31-28 loss to the Dolphins in Miami.

Linebacker Demario Davis mentioned the circumstances have been completely different each recreation.

“I do not badume you possibly can take a look at it and say it is that easy, that it’s the similar factor again and again and over,” he mentioned. “We simply need to discover a solution to make these large performs, whether or not it is protection, whether or not it is offense, whether or not it is particular groups, or regardless of the case, now we have to discover a solution to make these performs down the stretch.”

Working again Matt Forte went in one other path, saying offensive coordinator John Morton received away from the sport plan by not sticking with the operating recreation extra with the rain falling so onerous.

“I am stunned by that,” Forte mentioned after the Jets rushed 22 occasions for 43 yards. “We knew the climate was going to be like this after which it continued to rain all the recreation and I feel we ran the ball (22 occasions) and it ought to have been one individual getting 20 carries or one thing like that.”

Nonetheless, that’s a part of studying for the Jets. They had been 5-11 final season and plenty of felt had been one of many NFL’s worst groups coming into the season.

“It has been robust,” mentioned receiver Robby Anderson, who had six catches for career-best 104 yards and a landing. “We have been proper there. We’re simply not ending it out, so it has been robust, actually. It is simply rising pains, so we’ll recover from this hump.”

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