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Mike Nugent’s 35-yard field goal with time expiring led the Jets to a fourth quarter 13-11 comeback victory over the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

Neither team’s starting QB played and the field was filled primarily with reserves and players fighting to make it through the final cuts.

Marques Tuiasosopo’s 11-yard touchdown run just seven seconds into the fourth quarter put the Jets ahead 10-3. The Eagles then scored and converted on a two point conversion (attempted to avoid OT more than to win the game) which setup Tui’s 16 play, 65-yard game-winning scoring drive.

Nugent had this to say about the scoring drive during post-game interviews:

“I think Marques did an unbelievable job. His clock management was great,” Nugent said of the late march. “That’s something we’ve worked on a lot.”

Ben Graham slightly juggled the snap, but Nugent converted on the game winning kick to send the Philly fans off to cry in their cheesesteaks and beer.

With Chad Pennington’s only pass attempts coming during warmups, Kellen Clemens started the game and played the first quarter before giving way to Brad Smith. Clearly Eric Mangini wanted to see Tui and Smith take the majority of the snaps as they determine whether to keep three or four QB’s. Most likely they will keep four which will allow them to utilize the versatile Smith at various positions.

The Jets finish the pre-season with three wins and one dismal loss. Everyone will tell you the pre-season means nothing, but ask any player or coach and they’ll tell you that they’d rather have more wins than losses, no matter what. They escaped injury-free other than Thomas Jones’ calf strain and hopefully he’ll be close to 100% by next Sunday.

The first stretch of the season is over. The Patriots come to town in just nine days. It’s that time of year again ~ time to finalize your fantasy football draft sheets, get focused on opening day and enjoy the ride.

Jon Buzby’s columns appear in newspapers and magazines around the country as well as numerous websites. He is also a frequent public speaker and has written two books. He can be contacted through his website at www.jonbuzby.com.

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