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Jets DE Wilkerson inactive versus Chargers

25 December 2017

In the first half, Bilal Powell led all Jets running backs with 59 yards on 7 carries. Los Angeles LB Hayes Pullard had the first fumble recovery of his three-year career. Marcus Easley of Buffalo intercepted a pass by Brian Hoyer of Houston to end the game that week. The embattled defensive lineman will be inactive for his team's game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon, further fueling speculation that the two sides will be parting ways this offseason. NY was hoping to play spoiler to the Bolts' playoff chances.

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. However, Rivers led the Chargers on a season-saving drive, capped by Gordon's 1-yard touchdown run. Rivers finished 22 of 40 passing for 290 yards and a touchdown.

Bryce Petty overcame a terrible first half and made sure that he beat the Chargers with his legs, since his arm wasn't getting the job done in the second half.

The Jets defense held the Chargers to only 3 first downs and 59 total yards in the first quarter.

New York Jets' Jermaine Kearse (10) is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers' Casey Hayward (26) and Jahleel Addae during the first half of an National Football League game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Gates' 114 touchdowns are also good for No. 6 all-time time regardless of the position behind only former 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice, Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss, 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens, Vikings wide receiver Chris Carter and Colts WR Marvin Harrison. That tied the game 7-7 early in the third quarter. Gordon scored his 8th touchdown of the season.

Rivers answered quickly as he spread the ball around to Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen and Sean McGrath, who caught an imperative pass near the 2-yard line. On the next drive Gordon had a 7-yard run that gave him over 1,000 yards rushing, the first time the Bolts had a 1,000 yard rusher in Gordon and a 1,000 yard receiver in Allen since 2013. The Jets are 5-9, with four of those victories coming on their home turf.

Jets DE Wilkerson inactive versus Chargers