Jets Staring Elimination In Face After Loss To Panthers

CBS New York

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Geno Smith found himself apologizing to his head coach after another key turnover led to yet another loss.

The struggling rookie’s 21st interception of the season was returned 42 yards for a touchdown by Captain Munnerlyn, and helped the Carolina Panthers top Rex Ryan’s Jets 30-20 on Sunday.

“I let Rex down today,” Smith said. “He had talked me about not having a turnover. I wanted to do that today. On one occasion, I got sloppy with it and forced it. I didn’t get it done. Ultimately, in this league, that’s something I’ve learned, that’s what it comes down to — one or two plays here or there.”

Smith’s miscue in the fourth quarter came with the Jets trailing by 10 and trying to get back in the game. He threw it into double coverage, and helped put the Jets’ already slim playoff hopes in serious…

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