New York Jets rookie Xavier Gipson wins ‘MNF’ on walk-off punt return with the Fantastic Football Finish and like Alcoa Can’t Wait with shades of “Little” Joe Washington, and our friend Tommy Tighe would love to wrap up this one

The J-E-T-S Jets have to go ahead and make the injury to their highly-paid QB A-Rodge an afterthought…Forget about Aaron Rodgers, you are doing fine without him fellas…Just keep up you were doing last night on Monday night football…That was one of those Alcoa Can’t Wait Fantastic Football Finishes right there, and it brought back memories of “Little” Joe Washington with the Baltimore Colts, tearing it up on MNF, and Tommy Tighe, a very good friend of this website, would have loved to have been wrapping up this game for CBS radio sports, back in the day, or maybe even on this day/night….

New York Jets rookie Xavier Gipson wins ‘MNF’ on walk-off punt return
from Larry Brown Sports, with Larry Brown, and from YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com

All the optimism the New York Jets had entering the NFL season evaporated just minutes into “Monday Night Football” after Aaron Rodgers was carted off the field with an Achilles injury suffered against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

But despite the disappointment stemming from Rodgers’ injury, the Jets were still able to end the night on a positive note.

The Jets defense had three interceptions — all by Jordan Whitehead — to keep the team in the game. They were able to score 16 points under backup quarterback Zach Wilson and the game went to overtime.

The Jets defense got a stop in OT and forced a punt on 4th and 12 from the Bills’ 23. The punt went to Jets rookie Xavier Gipson, who returned it 65 yards for a thrilling, walk-off touchdown.

Games don’t often end on walk-off punt returns like that.

For the Jets, it’s nice to be on the winning end of a punt return for a touchdown at the end of a game, unlike what happened last year.

Do you remember this Monday Night Football game with “Little” Joe Washington, back in 1978…..
(“Little” Joe Washington, 5’9/178)
Joe Washington’s most memorable performance was on September 18, 1978 in Baltimore’s 34–27 victory over the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, when he had a hand in three of the four touchdowns scored by the Colts in a fourth quarter in which both teams combined for 41 points. He helped lead off the scoring by throwing a 54-yard option pass to Roger Carr. Washington followed that up with a 23-yard touchdown catch from Bill Troup. Washington broke a 27–27 deadlock by scoring the game-winner on a 90-yard kickoff return in a driving rainstorm. It was scored in the final seconds of the game after the Patriots came back from 27 to 13.

He remains the only NFL player to ever throw a touchdown, catch a touchdown and return a kickoff for a touchdown in a single game.