EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- It's been an energetic, highly competitive training camp for the New York Jets. They carried that energy and competitiveness right through the final seconds of the preseason.
Rallying from a 27-7 deficit, the Jets scored three touchdowns in the last 5:14 Friday night to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 28-27.
Granted, it was with second and third-stringers on the field, but it still was a rousing comeback by New York (3-1), capped by Brooks Bollinger's 1-yard pass to Matt Dominguez with 8 seconds remaining.
"Half the fans left in the fourth quarter," Bollinger noted, "and they missed a heck of a game."
Bollinger came on with seven minutes remaining, replacing the rusty Quincy Carter. He led New York to Ian Smart's 1-yard TD run on a drive highlighted by Ken-Yon Rambo's 52-yard catch and run. The Jets then went 27 yards after rookie Roderick Bryant's interception, scoring on Bollinger's 4-yard pass to Terrance Stubbs with 3:10 remaining.
After forcing a punt, they concluded their stunning charge with a 12-play drive covering 87 yards. Rambo caught a 23-yard pass on third-and-2, then had a 17-yard reception. Dominguez also has an 18-yard catch before the winning score.
"I looked up at Brooks and he signaled to go," said Dominguez, who along with Rambo is in a tight duel for a roster spot. "Their DB must have thought we were going to (spike) it and Brooks went for it and I got it."
Bollinger, making a case to remain Chad Pennington's backup, was 11-for-20 for 168 yards.
"I don't think I can put into words how much fun that was," he said breathlessly. "That was a blast"
Not for the Eagles, whose irregulars collapsed down the stretch.
Earlier, the Eagles converted two turnovers into touchdowns. Koy Detmer threw a 30-yard scoring pass right after an interception by rookie Brendan Haw in the second quarter. Jeff Blake hit Sean Morey with a 5-yarder on the first series of the third period. New York's Little John Flowers fumbled away the second-half kickoff.
Blake was particularly efficient while playing the second half. The 13-year veteran led the Eagles (1-3) to 17 points, capping his night with a 14-play, 87-yard drive. A 31-yard pass interference penalty on rookie Derrick Strait got the ball to the 4, and Blake found rookie Justin Jenkins from the 3, making it 27-7.
Then the Jets stormed back.
"Our compliments to the Jets," coach Andy Reid said. "They hung in there and battled. It looked like we ran out of gas out there. We didn't quite have enough at the end."
Carter, signed last week to eventually back up Chad Pennington, struggled for much of the night against Philadelphia's second-stringers. But he did lead one scoring drive.
Carter found his hot receiver on a blitz, connecting with rookie Jerricho Cotchery on a 9-yard touchdown pass. Carter also had a key 18-yard scramble on the 80-yard drive, but he finished 9-for-21 for 77 yards.
Philadelphia's Greg Lewis ran a sharp corner pattern, then made a nice reaching catch for the 30-yard touchdown reception from Detmer. The score came one play after Dominguez had Carter's pass go off his hands directly to Haw.
One Eagles regular who was quite effective was place-kicker David Akers, who nailed a 54-yarder in the third quarter. He also made a 35-yard field goal in the second period.
And Detmer was pleased with his first preseason outing; he is coming off arthroscopic knee surgery.
"I felt like I needed to go out there and complete some passes and move the ball," he said after going 10-for-20 for 126 yards. "We did that, though not every drive. Once we got a rhythm going, I felt we moved the ball pretty well."
While the Eagles sat out all their key starters, the Jets used Pennington for two series. He did not hook up with top receiver Santana Moss, who was making his preseason debut after being bothered by a hamstring injury.
The Eagles did not suit up defensive end Hugh Douglas, who was released by Jacksonville and then re-signed by Philadelphia this week.
Jets running back LaMont Jordan, Curtis Martin's backup, had runs of 21 and 18 yards in the first half, and finished with 61 yards on 12 carries in his most extensive work of the preseason. ... Eagles tight end Kori Dickerson had seven catches for 71 yards. ... Eagles rookie C Dominic Furio sprained his ankle and will have an MRI on Saturday. LB Justin Ena suffered a concussion. ... The Jets open at home against Cincinnati on Sept. 12. The Eagles host the Giants.
7 min. in 4th Quarter of 4th Pre-Season Game =/= The Entire 4th Pre-Season Game + Play in Preseason Games #2 and #3
But the point is legitimate. Backups often look good against the future meat-cutters-of-America.
-Simms, of Phil Simms lineage.
-Arm. Bolly, McElroy, Ratliff, none were truly "big arms". All were the scrappy, "smart", get-by-on-braisn and luck types. Simms may nevr be anything, but he has a legitimate NFL-power arm.
-Established Starter. Bolly and Co. all sat behind legitimate starters (perhaps not popular, but legit). Simms sits behind the cut-guy-walking Sanchez, and the who-knows-what Geno Smith rookie.
So, yes, odds are against Simms as they are against ALL low-rated, low-drafted/UDFA QB's in the NFL. But Simms played well, repeatedly, and showed the things you can't teach, arm strength, takes hits, strong and sizeable enough.
Believe it or not the Jets were also using their 3rd stringer jags on offense. Whether people are going way over board on Simms or not there is zero disputing the fact that the o game plan looks a million times better than last year when it was a travesty from the 1st snap of preseason to the end of the year.
Of which, in this perspective, the Jets posted a 10-6 record that year (2004) and went on to the playoffs as a wildcard team. They then beat San Diego in San Diego, and then almost beat a 15-1 Pittsburgh team in the Divisional round.