The New York Jets looked like they might be on their way to handing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a surprising defeat for about an hour on Sunday.
When Antonio Brown snapped and quit on the Buccaneers midgame, it really felt as though New York had a clear shot at victory.
But then nature healed itself.
Tampa Bay battled back strong at the end of the game and ultimately handed the Jets a 28-24 loss.
In typical form, the loss in itself was not the most embarrassing thing to happen to the Jets in this outing. Rather, the viral moment that everyone couldn’t stop talking about after the fact was a Jets player seemingly stealing a football from a small child.
The video largely speaks for itself:
#TyJohnson #jets25 scores a 1 yd touchdown, gives the ball to a kid in the stands, #keekanCole #jets88 immediately jumps up,
tries to steal back the ball from the kid. kid protects the Rock #signhimup pic.twitter.com/lGgjHDaeCM
— Bowery Bunny (@bowerybunny) January 2, 2022
— ✖ ∆ ▼ (@FredNoTweet) January 2, 2022
Everything about that sequence is incredible. The sheer audacity of the act. The fail. Everything.
Big picture, the 4-12 Jets have faced a lot of humiliation this year. Zach Wilson’s mom’s whole ‘crack whore’ debacle was obviously a standout moment. And then there was the entire locker room turning on a rookie within like a month.
Now that’s how you celebrate New Year’s. https://t.co/w4DEK6Qwyd
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 3, 2022
But this one might just take the cake.
The Jets are the embarrassment that keeps on giving. And if recent history is any indication, that’s not going to change any time soon.