Jets lose Aaron Rodgers to an Achilles tendon injury, then rally to stun Bills in overtime

IN RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSY — Four plays into his New York Jets debut, Aaron Rodgers was sidelined by an Achilles tendon injury. However, the team rallied behind their defense to surprise the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, winning 22–16 in overtime thanks to a 65-yard punt return by rookie Xavier Gipson.In a wild and frequently ugly season opening, Josh Allen of Buffalo was picked off three times by Jordan Whitehead as a result of New York’s relentless defense forcing him into four mistakes.

The injury to Aaron Rodgers clouded the Jets’ season, even though coach Robert Saleh joined a jubilant throng in the end zone to cap off the team’s evening.

Following the game, Saleh announced that Rodgers, 39, would get an MRI on Tuesday due to an injury to his Achilles tendon.Michael Clemons caused Allen to fumble, which Quinnen Williams recovered, tying the score. Greg Zuerlein’s third field goal, a 30-yarder, gave the Jets their first lead with 1:48 left in the game

Jets lose Aaron Rodgers to an Achilles tendon injury, then rally to stun Bills in overtime
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After Aaron Rodgers suffers an injury to his Achilles tendon, the Jets come back to surprise the Bills in overtime.
By the CBS New York TeamUpdated at 8:30 AM EDT on September 12, 2023 by CBS/AP

IN RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSY — Four plays into his New York Jets debut, Aaron Rodgers was sidelined by an Achilles tendon injury. However, the team rallied behind their defense to surprise the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, winning 22–16 in overtime thanks to a 65-yard punt return by rookie Xavier Gipson.

In a wild and frequently ugly season opening, Josh Allen of Buffalo was picked off three times by Jordan Whitehead as a result of New York’s relentless defense forcing him into four mistakes. The injury to Aaron Rodgers clouded the Jets’ season, even though coach Robert Saleh joined a jubilant throng in the end zone to cap off the team’s evening.

Following the game, Saleh announced that Rodgers, 39, would get an MRI on Tuesday due to an injury to his Achilles tendon.”It’s not good,” Saleh remarked gravely.

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On September 11, 2023, at MetLife Stadium, Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers, center, is helped off the field following an injury sustained during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills.

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Michael Clemons caused Allen to fumble, which Quinnen Williams recovered, tying the score. Greg Zuerlein’s third field goal, a 30-yarder, gave the Jets their first lead with 1:48 left in the game.

With two seconds remaining in regulation, Tyler Bass’ 50-yard field goal tied the score at 16 all after hitting the left upright and the crossbar. However, Allen and the Bills had just enough time to go back into scoring position.

Sam Martin punted 42 yards after Buffalo went three-and-out to begin overtime. Gipson collected it, took a few steps forward, then raced down the left sideline, made a few more cuts, and zipped into the end zone to spark a wild celebration from his teammates.

Saleh was there to intimidate Stephen F. Austin’s Gipson, an undrafted rookie who made the team out of training camp.In NFL history, Gipson’s punt return for a touchdown in overtime surpassed only Patrick Peterson’s (2011) and Tamarick Vanover’s (1995) returns from Arizona.

Jets lose Aaron Rodgers to an Achilles tendon injury, then rally to stun Bills in overtime

With his four giveaways, Allen tied a career high and lost 0–5 in overtime, including postseason games.”I cost our team tonight,” admitted Allen, who completed 29 of 41 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown to Stefon Diggs.

With 4:55 remaining, Garrett Wilson made an incredible catch that knotted the score at 13 when he tipped Zach Wilson’s pass to himself with his right hand while Tre’Davious White was all over him. Wilson then corralled the ball as he lay on his back in the end zone.

After being inspected in the blue medical tent, 39-year-old Rodgers was placed on a cart. He got off the cart halfway to the changing room and hobbled in.Zach Wilson took his position at 3:45 of the game. Wilson completed 14 of 21 passing for 140 yards and the touchdown.Hall’s Reverse

Following an 83-yard run by Hall to start the drive, Zuerlein knotted the score with a 26-yard field goal to give Buffalo’s second offensive series a 3-0 lead. The debut season of the second-year running back was cut short last year in Week 7 due to an ACL tear in his left knee.

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