Check below for grades and analysis for each of New York's positional units in the big Week 15 clash.
New York: 20
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vs. Panthers Week 15
Final Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: Geno Smith showcased his playmaking ability and revealed his turnover problems against Carolina's elite secondary. Smith kept the Jets in it throughout the game, but he threw a backbreaking pick-six in the fourth quarter that ended both the game and the Jets' playoff hopes.
Run Offense: Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and even Smith managed to do some serious damage on the ground against the Panthers top-ranked rush defense. The trio combined for 25 carries for 147 yards, as they managed to find holes throughout the game.
Pass Defense: New York's secondary allowed less than 50 passing yards in the final 30 minutes after allowing over 200 in the first half. Granted, the Panthers were trying to protect a lead and were having success on the ground, but the Jets pass defense as solid when it mattered.
Run Defense: After shutting down DeAngelo Williams in the first half, the Jets front seven struggled to contain the Panthers back late. Williams carried the ball eight times for 54 yards in the second half, including a 10-yard gain to ice the game.
Special Teams: New York's special teams will take the brunt of the blame for this loss, and rightly so. The Panthers blocked a punt in the fourth quarter inside New York's 20 with the Jets trailing by just three. The mistake cost Gang Green the game.
Coaching: The Jets played tough throughout, but they were simply outclassed in this one. The Panthers are just a more refined version of the Jets, as they boast an elite defense and a balanced offensive attack. Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg called a decent game, but they were no match for the playoff-bound Panthers in Carolina.
First-Half Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: Smith was neither good nor bad against a strong Panthers defense. He completed six of 11 passes for 59 yards with no touchdowns or turnovers. Smith led the Jets downfield twice, but New York wasn't able to get in the end zone on either drive.
Run Offense: New York had success on the ground against one of the league's best run defenses in the first half. Ivory and Powell carried the ball ten times for 71 yards, New York's offensive line did a nice job opening up holes.
Pass Defense: Cam Newton tossed the ball at will in the first half against the Jets shaky secondary. New York halted the Panthers twice in the red zone early, but they allowed a huge 72-yard touchdown on a screen pass to DeAngelo Williams. Mistakes like that are costly when the offense can't put points on the board.
Run Defense: Williams struggled to run the ball against New York's stout defensive front in the first 30 minutes. Williams ran for just 22 yards on seven carries, and he was stuffed at the goal line.
Special Teams: New York's return game didn't have a single opportunity in the first half and Ryan Quigley only averaged 38 yards on two punts, but Nick Folk knocked through two field goals for the Jets only points.
Coaching: Apart from the 72-yard touchdown to Williams, the Jets played well in the first half. The defense held Carolina to field goals in the red zone and the offense didn't make any key mistakes. However, New York has to take more risks in the second half.