Ken O'Brien passed to Wesley Walker for a 15-yard touchdown with 5:11 to play today, giving the New York Jets a 17-14 NFL victory over the Seattle Seahawks, whose field goal kicker, Norm Johnson, missed from 36, 47 and 48 yards.
The Jets (6-2) took over first place in the Eastern Division of the AFC.
"We knew we hadn't beat them in seven games," defensive end Mark Gastineau said. "We were down, 14-0, but we didn't let down in the locker room. No one said one negative thing about the offense. We have confidence in Kenny and we knew if the defense did its job, we'd get it back in the second half."
"It's a great feeling," said O'Brien, battered by seven sacks that cost 59 yards. "We haven't done that since I've been here. It's not really a pretty win, but it's a big win. It's much more meaningful to come back and win a close one like that, than to win 42-0."
"We beat them in the first half, 14-0, and they beat us in the second half 17-0," quarterback Dave Krieg of the Seahawks said.
Walker ran a post pattern and held onto the ball despite Terry Taylor's hard knock. It was the only pass he caught all day.
Running back Freeman McNeil gained 151 yards on 22 carries despite a cracked rib. His 16-yard catch in the third period brought the Jets within 14-7. Pat Leahy's 41-yard field goal in the fourth period made it 14-10. Davlin Mullin set it up by intercepting at Seattle's 40 and returning to the 26.
The winning drive took seven plays. O'Brien passed for 72 of the 91 yards.