Sam darnold might say he wasn’t ready for revenge, but the fourth-year quarterback got just that in the Carolina Panthers home opener against his former team, the New York Jets.
Darnold, 24, threw for 279 yards and connected with former Jets teammate Robby Anderson for a monster 57-yard touchdown pass to defeat the Jets 19-14 on Sunday afternoon.
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In his early days with the Panthers, Darnold got rid of a few–nervousness of the game that resulted in a turnover early in the first quarter before scoring a touchdown himself.
The Jets traded Darnold in the offseason to make way for second overall pick Zach Willson, who, on the other hand, struggled to find his place until the dying minutes of the third quarter.
Darnold used a healthy Christian mccaffrey who racked up 187 scrum yards on 30 touches after missing most of the 2020 season with multiple injuries. The Jets defense has struggled to keep the star from returning as he seeks to return to his old self.
In 2019, McCaffery totaled 1,387 rushing yards for 15 touchdowns.
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New York’s defense was not as bad as its offense.
The former BYU star completed 20 of 37 passes for 258 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception and has been sacked six times. He finally found his place late in the third quarter with an eight-game, 70-yard run for the Jets, which resulted in their first touchdown of the game.
Wilson would throw the ball for a 2-point conversion, halving Carolina’s lead.
He would connect with wide receiver Corey Davis twice for two touchdowns, but the late push wasn’t enough for the Jets to secure a last-minute victory.
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Wilson appeared shaken after being fired hard by 320-pound defensive tackle Derrick Brown with just two minutes to go. The Jets could also be in trouble after offensive tackle Mekhi Becton was taken off the field with a knee injury after falling during New York’s first goal.
Darnold began his career in Carolina 1-0 after compiling a 13-25 record in New York.