Jets 13

(8-3, 4-2 away)

Cardinals 3

(4-7, 3-2 home)

4:15 PM ET, November 28, 2004


1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 0 3 10 013
ARI 0 3 0 03

Carter's 69-yard TD pass to Moss seals victory

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Two touchdowns in two weeks were enough for two victories on the road for the New York Jets.

The Jets beat the Arizona Cardinals 13-3 on Sunday to improve to 8-3 in their quest for, at the very least, a wild-card playoff berth.

Allen's Analysis

Eric Allen

Jets-Cards: What's been most impressive about the Jets' two straight road wins?

The Jets defense is the most impressive aspect of their two consecutive road wins. In the offseason the organization decided to go younger and faster and have been successful with that decision. Its corps of linebackers leads this team and that group allows the team to consistently make plays against the run and intimidate receivers going across the middle. Another impressive facet of this team is their ability to make at least one big game-changing offensive play per game despite having a backup quarterback winging the ball. Sunday it was QB Quincy Carter to WR Santana Moss and that's played a huge part in the team's success.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders. He's a regular contributor to Insider.

"You don't have to look at the scoreboard and see what everybody else did. All you've go to do is win," coach Herman Edwards said. "No matter how ugly it looks, we've got to win games."

Quincy Carter came back from a head injury to deliver the knockout blow against Arizona.

Carter left after the third play of the game, but returned to throw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss.

"This is a tough league, man, and you're going to take some bites and you're going to take some hits," Carter said. "It's how you get back up and respond. All I know is I wanted to play football today no matter what happened."

Curtis Martin carried 24 times for 99 yards and Doug Brien kicked field goals of 28 and 46 yards.

The sluggish triumph followed a 10-7 victory at Cleveland a week ago.

"When you play defense like that, you've always got a chance to win on the road," Edwards said.

Martin and Emmitt Smith brought 30,817 career yards rushing into the game -- the most by two backs playing in the same contest in NFL history. But Smith wasn't around long, spraining his left big toe on his left foot late in the first quarter. He played in the next series, then left the game for good.

Arizona (4-7) managed only a 20-yard field goal by Neil Rackers as the first half ended.

Shaun King got his second straight start for the Cardinals, going 14-for-26 for 119 yards. He was booed roundly, starting with his second pass, and there were growing chants of "Josh, Josh, Josh."

Josh McCown, starter in the first nine games, came on in the fourth quarter after Jonathan Vilma intercepted King's pass at the Jets 5-yard line. The Cardinals had driven from their 21 to the New York 21 when King lobbed a pass far short of intended receiver Larry Fitzgerald and into Vilma's hands.

"That was probably the easiest throw I had all day," King said. "I just threw it short. He was so open and I tried to make it look pretty instead of just throwing it."

McCown completed his first pass, but Anquan Boldin was stripped by former Cardinal David Barrett, then Vilma recovered at the Jets 44 with 6:23 to play.

McCown was intercepted twice -- in the end zone by Barrett with 1:50 to play and by Terrell Buckley as the game ended.

Coach Dennis Green said he hadn't decided who would start at quarterback next Sunday at Detroit. Arizona is 0-2 and scored 13 points in King's two starts.

"Any strategy that doesn't work you're not pleased with," Green said when asked if switching to King had been a mistake.

Carter left after he was hit by Russell Davis as he threw, then two more Cardinals jumped on the pile. Brooks Bollinger got his first NFL action in relief of Carter. Bollinger had been the third-stringer before Chad Pennington went down with a strained right rotator cuff.

Edwards praised the play of Bollinger, who was 5-for-9 for 60 yards and helped give the Jets good field position when Carter returned.

Carter was back for New York's first scoring drive. Martin carried five times for 36 yards, including a 19-yarder, to set up Brien's 28-yarder with 3:28 remaining in the half.

Roughing-the-passer and offside penalties helped Arizona on its lone scoring drive, which stalled at the 6, and Rackers' field goal tied it at halftime.

New York took the lead on its first possession of the second half on Brien's 46-yarder. The next time the Jets had the ball, Carter threw long to Moss down the right sideline. The ball went through the hands of defender Renaldo Hill.

"I was there in great position, jumped over him and the ball just went right through my hands," Hill said. "I've got to make that play."

Moss grabbed it at the 20 and ran untouched to the end zone to put New York ahead 13-3.

The victory was especially sweet for Jets guard Pete Kendall, who was cut by Green at the start of this year's training camp -- a move that shocked him.

"This is a big win for me, it means an awful lot to me," Kendall said. "There's only one guy on that sidelines that I don't like. All the rest of them I think an awful lot of."

Game notes

Moss' TD catch was the longest reception of his four-year NFL career. ... Green said even rookie John Navarre would be in the mix at quarterback. ... The Cardinals had won three in a row at home.

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Scoring Summary

Drive info: 1 plays, 69 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 1 plays, 69 yds, 0:00
nyjFG5:40Doug Brien 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 57 yds, 4:37
nyjFG3:31Doug Brien 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 45 yds, 5:27
ariFG0:04Neil Rackers 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yds, 3:24