Smith, Vick toss TDs in Jets' 35-24 loss

Smith, Vick toss TDs in Jets' 35-24 loss

The New York Giants defeated the New York Jets 35-24 in the Snoopy Bowl at MetLife Stadium.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Geno Smith looked every bit like a cool and confident starting quarterback.

Michael Vick showed he can still make things happen on offense, too.

Smith and Vick each threw for a touchdown with the New York Jets' starters, and the defense mostly shut down Eli Manning before the Giants' backups rallied for a 35-24 preseason victory Friday night.

Smith, the likely starting quarterback for the Jets (2-1) after a solid preseason, was 9 of 14 for 137 yards, including a 1-yard scoring toss to rookie Jace Amaro.

Vick replaced Smith to start the second half, and after a rough first series in which he was sacked and then lost a fumble, led an 11-play, 76-yard drive that was capped by a go-ahead 3-yard TD toss to Eric Decker against the Giants' backups. Vick finished 4 of 5 for 34 yards in his two series against the Giants (4-0).

Manning, still adjusting to new coordinator Ben McAdoo's offense, struggled most of the way but hit Rueben Randle for a 15-yard touchdown with 5 seconds left in the first half. Manning was 12 of 21 for 139 yards, including his first scoring pass of the preseason.

Much of Manning's production came on the scoring drive, during which he was 7 of 10 for 89 yards. He came in struggling, going a combined 7 of 16 for 49 yards in the Giants' first three games.

After some mild trash talk during the week spiced up the matchup, the Giants' victory gave them bragging rights over their stadium co-inhabitants in the MetLife Bowl -- aka, the "Snoopy Bowl." Giants coach Tom Coughlin received the trophy that features a bronze football-playing Snoopy after the game, as well as $30,000 from MetLife to the team's charity of choice. The Jets also received $20,000 for charity. Rookie running back Andre Williams, who fueled some of the hype for the game by saying the Giants are "the real New York team," had a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:12 left that put the Giants up 28-24.

Giants backup Ryan Nassib threw three touchdown passes in the second half: 3 yards to Henry Hynoski, 39 yards to Preston Parker and 31 yards to Corey Washington. Nassib finished 8 of 12 for 103 yards.

Third-stringer Matt Simms threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Greg Salas to give the Jets a short-lived 24-21 lead with 10:50 remaining. Smith marched the Jets down the field early in the second quarter. After four straight runs that chewed up 34 yards, Smith coolly tossed a screen pass to Chris Ivory while facing heavy pressure and Ivory took it 23 yards. After a 3-yard run by Chris Johnson put the ball at the 9, the Giants committed two straight penalties -- illegal use of hands by Stevie Brown and defensive holding by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie -- and the Jets had first-and-goal at the 1.

Smith rolled right and found a wide-open Amaro, the Jets' second-round pick, for a touchdown to make it 10-0.

After struggling the entire first half, Manning and the starting offense finally put together a solid drive just before halftime. The Giants went 91 yards on 11 plays, capped by his touchdown to Randle against the Jets' starting defense. Vick started the second half with the starters and was sacked by Damontre Moore on his first play. He then fumbled a handoff on the next play -- with Moore recovering for the Giants. Nassib and the Giants took advantage, scoring five plays later on Hynoski's touchdown catch on which he reached over the goal line and touched the pylon.

Nick Folk kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:58 left in the first quarter after two straight incompletions by Smith -- but they weren't necessarily his fault. On second-and-6 from the Giants 13, Smith zipped a pass into the end zone to Decker, who couldn't hold onto the ball as he hit the ground. On the next play, Smith -- facing a blitz -- lobbed a toss into the back of the end zone to Zach Sudfeld, who mistimed his jump and had the ball knocked away by Jacquian Williams. The Giants lost starting left guard Geoff Schwartz, who was carted off the field after dislocating a toe on his right foot in the second quarter. Wide receiver Marcus Harris (shoulder) and cornerback Zack Bowman (bruised triceps) also left with injuries. Jets defensive back Antonio Allen also left in the second quarter with a head injury. The safety was starting at cornerback because of injuries to the secondary. Allen and teammate DeMario Davis banged helmets after a 7-yard catch by Jennings.

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