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Jason Myers kicked a franchise-record seven field goals as the New York Jets beat the Indianapolis Colts 42-34.

1:20 | October 14, 2018 | Football, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, NFL

Game Information
Location: MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 77,982

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets pulled off the type of victory that even Broadway Joe could appreciate.

With Joe Namath and the 1968 Super Bowl-winning squad watching , Jason Myers kicked a franchise-record seven field goals, Sam Darnold threw two touchdown passes, and the Jets held on to beat the Indianapolis Colts 42-34 on Sunday to win consecutive games for the first time in more than a year.

"The game wasn't perfect, by no means," coach Todd Bowles said. "With the growth of the team, we probably would've lost this one a year ago or a couple of weeks ago. So, to win ugly, for us, is a pretty good thing."

Morris Claiborne returned the first of three interceptions thrown by Andrew Luck for a touchdown as the Jets (3-3) moved to .500 by taking advantage of mistakes by the short-handed Colts (1-5), who lost their fourth straight.

"It's one of those bittersweet victories," Claiborne said. "You played well enough to win the game, but you feel like you could've played a lot better. You never want to give up that many points."

Darnold was 24 of 30 for 280 yards, with TD throws to Terrelle Pryor and Chris Herndon and an interception to give New York its first back-to-back victories since taking three in a row in Weeks 3-5 last season.

"We're definitely back in the thick of things," Darnold said. "But at the same time, we're not satisfied."

Myers hit field goals from 30, 48, 32, 37, 45, 37 and 45 yards to break the Jets record previously held by Jim Turner (1968) - the kicker for the Super Bowl champions - and Bobby Howfield (1972).

"It's more important that we got the win," Myers said, "but being able to help out and do what I can that way, that's what's most important to me."

Myers' 24 total points are the second-highest single-game total by a player who did not score a touchdown in NFL history. Only the Titans' Rob Bironas, who holds the mark with eight field goals in a game, had more: 26 on Oct. 21, 2007.

Luck was 23 of 43 for 301 yards with touchdowns to Marcus Johnson, Eric Ebron, Erik Swoope and Chester Rogers, the last coming with 1:51 left to make the score close. Neal Sterling recovered the Colts' onside kick to seal the win for the Jets.

It all had Luck pondering whether it's tough finding the joy in football.

"At times, especially when I do things - stupid is the only word that comes to mind," he said. "We do some silly things to ourselves, but when it comes to having fun playing, I'm having fun playing."

The Colts were playing without several starters, including wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, defensive linemen Denico Autry and Margus Hunt, tight end Jack Doyle, safety Clayton Geathers and right tackle Denzelle Good.

Trailing 13-10 in the second quarter, the Jets forced a turnover when Jamal Adams knocked the ball out of Robert Turbin's hands and Jordan Jenkins recovered.

Darnold converted two third-down plays on the ensuing drive - 19 yards to Robby Anderson and 7 to Jermaine Kearse - to get the ball to the Colts 10. Darnold zipped a pass to Pryor in the front of the end zone for a 17-13 lead with 2:35 left before halftime.

New York took advantage of another turnover when Luck's pass to Ryan Grant deflected off the receiver's hands and right to Avery Williamson, who returned the ball 31 yards to the Colts 22.

After Myers' 48-yarder, the Colts went three-and-out and the Jets got the ball at their 28 with 42 seconds left before halftime. Darnold hit a series of passes and, with 18 seconds left, found Kearse in the middle of the field for 23 yards. Myers booted a 32-yarder as time expired to put New York up 23-13.

Darnold came out firing to open the second half, scoring on a terrific play design - a fake wide receiver screen - to a wide-open Herndon for a 32-yard touchdown . It was the first TD of the rookie tight end's career.

Luck answered right back, throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ebron to cut the Colts' deficit to 10.

After Myers' 37-yarder, the Colts came right back, with Luck throwing a 2-yard pass to Swoope to cut the deficit to 33-27 just 8 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Myers added a 45-yarder, giving the Jets scores on six straight possessions.

Luck was trying to answer again when Darron Lee picked him off on third down to give the Jets the ball at the Colts 25. Four plays later, Myers' 37-yarder made it 39-27.

"It's a bit frustrating," Luck said. "I feel a bit like a broken record. Talking about it is the easy part. It's doing it. It's living it."

QUICK START

On the Colts' second play from scrimmage, Luck threw short to Marlon Mack, Adams tipped the pass into the air and Claiborne grabbed it, zipping 17 yards into the end zone 12 seconds into the game.

Luck and the Colts rebounded on their next drive with a 34-yard catch by Johnson to tie it at 7.

RODGERS' RETURN

Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, who has not been coaching the last two weeks while dealing with an unspecified illness, was on the field before the game and watched from a box in the stadium.

"He was a casual observer," said Bowles, who called the defense for the second straight game.

The Jets tweeted out a video of a happy Rodgers breaking down the team in the locker room after the win.

CROW SLOWS

Isaiah Crowell had 40 yards rushing on 13 attempts after setting a franchise record last week with 219 on 15 carries. He dealt with an ankle injury all week and was questionable to play.

INJURIES

Colts: Turbin left with an injured right shoulder after his fumble and didn't return. ... Grant injured an ankle in the second half and didn't return. ... Johnson injured his right ankle late in the game and was helped to the locker room.

Jets: WR Quincy Enunwa injured an ankle on his fumble in the second quarter and didn't return. ... S Marcus Maye left with a hand injury in the third quarter and was seen wearing a cast after the game. He'll have X-rays. ... Bowles said Pryor injured his groin late.

UP NEXT

Colts: home vs. Buffalo next Sunday.

Jets: home vs. Minnesota next Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Colts Jets
14:48 Morris Claiborne 17 yd interception return (Jason Myers kick) 0 7
12:16 Marcus Johnson 34 yd pass from Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri kick) 7 7
04:33 Jason Myers 30 yd FG 7 10

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Colts Jets
13:25 Adam Vinatieri 21 yd FG 10 10
11:24 Adam Vinatieri 31 yd FG 13 10
02:35 Terrelle Pryor 7 yd pass from Sam Darnold (Jason Myers kick) 13 17
01:25 Jason Myers 48 yd FG 13 20
00:00 Jason Myers 32 yd FG 13 23

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Colts Jets
12:03 Chris Herndon 32 yd pass from Sam Darnold (Jason Myers kick) 13 30
08:44 Eric Ebron 18 yd pass from Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri kick) 20 30
03:53 Jason Myers 37 yd FG 20 33

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Colts Jets
14:52 Erik Swoope 2 yd pass from Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri kick) 27 33
09:40 Jason Myers 45 yd FG 27 36
05:55 Jason Myers 37 yd FG 27 39
03:19 Jason Myers 45 yd FG 27 42
01:51 Chester Rogers 17 yd pass from Andrew Luck (Adam Vinatieri kick) 34 42

Team Stats
  Indianapolis New York
1st Downs 24 18
Total Yards 428 374
Passing 301 267
Passing Completions/Attempts 23-43 24-30
Yards/Pass 7.0 8.3
Rushing 127 107
Rushing Attempts 23 36
Yards/Rush 5.5 3.0
Turnovers 4 2
Fumbles Lost 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 3 1
Possession 22:58 37:02

Indianapolis Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Andrew Luck 23 43 301 7.0 4 3

New York Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Sam Darnold 24 30 280 9.3 2 1

Indianapolis Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Marlon Mack 12 89 7.4 0 25
Nyheim Hines 3 14 4.7 0 8
Robert Turbin 4 10 2.5 0 5
Zach Pascal 1 8 8.0 0 8
Andrew Luck 2 7 3.5 0 4
Eric Ebron 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

New York Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Bilal Powell 16 59 3.7 0 16
Isaiah Crowell 13 40 3.1 0 21
Sam Darnold 6 8 1.3 0 6
Quincy Enunwa 1 0 0.0 0 0

Indianapolis Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Eric Ebron 4 71 17.8 1 19
Chester Rogers 4 55 13.8 1 21
Marcus Johnson 2 52 26.0 1 34
Zach Pascal 5 35 7.0 0 15
Mo Alie-Cox 1 34 34.0 0 34
Ryan Grant 2 24 12.0 0 12
Nyheim Hines 2 21 10.5 0 11
Marlon Mack 1 4 4.0 0 4
Robert Turbin 1 3 3.0 0 3
Erik Swoope 1 2 2.0 1 2

New York Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Jermaine Kearse 9 94 10.4 0 22
Terrelle Pryor Sr. 5 57 11.4 1 22
Chris Herndon 2 56 28.0 1 32
Robby Anderson 3 39 13.0 0 19
Neal Sterling 2 13 6.5 0 7
Isaiah Crowell 2 12 6.0 0 7
Quincy Enunwa 1 9 9.0 0 9
Bilal Powell 0 0 0.0 0

Indianapolis Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Pierre Desir 8 1 0 0
Kenny Moore II 5 0 0 0
Darius Leonard 4 4 0 0
Mike Mitchell 4 3 0 0
Anthony Walker 4 2 0 0
Jabaal Sheard 3 0 1 10
Nate Hairston 3 1 0 0
Jihad Ward 2 0 1 3
Grover Stewart 2 2 0 0
Matthew Adams 1 1 0 0
Zaire Franklin 1 0 0 0
Malik Hooker 1 0 0 0
Corey Moore 1 0 0 0
Al-Quadin Muhammad 1 1 0 0
Hassan Ridgeway 1 1 0 0
Kemoko Turay 1 1 0 0
Quincy Wilson 1 1 0 0
Al Woods 1 3 0 0
Mark Glowinski 0 0 0 0
Najee Goode 0 0 0 0
Marlon Mack 0 0 0 0
Chris Milton 0 0 0 0
George Odum 0 0 0 0
Zach Pascal 0 0 0 0
Carroll Phillips 0 2 0 0

New York Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Darron Lee 6 2 0 0
Marcus Maye 5 0 0 0
Avery Williamson 5 0 0 0
Parry Nickerson 4 0 0 0
Jamal Adams 3 1 0 0
Morris Claiborne 3 1 0 0
Terrence Brooks 2 0 0 0
Brandon Copeland 2 0 0 0
Steve McLendon 2 0 0 0
Henry Anderson 1 1 0 0
Jordan Jenkins 1 0 0 0
Frankie Luvu 1 0 0 0
Mike Pennel Jr. 1 0 0 0
Darryl Roberts 1 0 0 0
Sam Darnold 0 0 0 0
Spencer Long 0 0 0 0
Doug Middleton 0 0 0 0
Leonard Williams 0 0 0 0

Indianapolis Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Malik Hooker 1 27 0

New York Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Avery Williamson 1 36 0
Darron Lee 1 25 0
Morris Claiborne 1 17 1

Indianapolis Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Zach Pascal 1 27 27.0 0 27
Marcus Johnson 1 23 23.0 0 23

New York Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Andre Roberts 3 69 23.0 0 28
Neal Sterling 0.0

Indianapolis Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

New York Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Andre Roberts 1 6 6.0 0 6

Indianapolis Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Adam Vinatieri 2 2 100.0 31

New York Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Jason Myers 7 7 100.0 48

Indianapolis Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Rigoberto Sanchez 2 93 48

New York Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Lachlan Edwards 1 43 43