GREEN BAY, Wis. — New York Jets coach Rex Ryan paid the Packers’ Jordy Nelson perhaps the highest compliment that a wideout can receive.
It’s hard to top the career-high 209 yards receiving that Nelson amassed against the Jets.
Nelson’s 80-yard touchdown catch put his team up for good late in the third quarter and New York’s last foray into Packers territory fizzled in the fourth in Green Bay’s 31-24 win Sept. 14 that completed a comeback from an 18-point deficit.
“They deserved the game. They made the plays when it counted,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “That one kid was (Hall of Fame receiver) Jerry Rice out there today.”
Not even the return of New York’s top cornerback, Dee Milliner, could help Ryan’s secondary. Nelson beat Milliner with a double move on an out-and-up route for his long score.
Aaron Rodgers was 25-of-42 for 346 yards and three touchdowns, including the long score to Nelson.
“Well, pretty impressive. Take it for granted sometimes. He’s not a big ‘me’ guy … so he kind of gets overlooked sometimes,” Rodgers said about Nelson. “We know the kind of player he is.”
Nelson had nine catches and Cobb finished with five catches for 39 yards and two touchdowns. A Packers defense dented for three touchdowns in the game’s first 20 minutes surrendered just a field goal the rest of the way.
Still, the Jets had a chance to tie late. It looked as though that had happened with 5 minutes left on a 37-yard touchdown catch by Jeremy Kerley on fourth down — but it was negated because the Jets (1-1) called a timeout from the sideline just before the snap.
“It’s a game of adversity. It’s a game of momentum swings. It’s a game of big plays,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “We were in a spot, but our players stayed the course.”
(GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer)