Down the stretch of the New York Jets' 22-21 win over the Miami Dolphins, quarterback Sam Darnold did not flinch.
With an assist from kicker Sam Ficken, who nailed consecutive fourth-quarter tries from 42 and 44 yards -- the latter as time expired -- Darnold engineered back-to-back scoring drives, including the game-winning march, as the Jets (5-8) held off the Dolphins (3-10) Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"I think it's huge, especially when you practice that situation so much in the offseason," Darnold said of the Jets' 49-yard drive in seven plays and 1:33 to down the Dolphins. "To be able to execute that in a real game, it's huge for our confidence. At the same time, we practice it all the time, so we just went out there and did our job. (Wide receiver) Vyncint (Smith) made a great play out there and obviously Sam did a great job kicking the ball."
Darnold did not light up the stat sheet as he completed 20 of 36 passes (55.6 percent) for 270 yards and two touchdowns to one interception, but his composure in crunch time made the difference.
On the Jets' final possession, Darnold went 2 for 4 with 49 yards, fueled by a first-and-10 pass short right for Smith, who went 37 yards into Dolphins territory and down to the 38-yard line.
The previous drive, which went 51 yards in nine plays and 2:54 with Ficken's initial go-ahead field goal at the 4:05 mark to put the Jets up 19-18, Darnold got the Jets going on a first-and-10 pass short right for wide receiver Robby Anderson, who went 18 yards.
"I just feel like I'm really getting into a zone right now," said Anderson, who caught seven passes for 116 yards and a 26-yard touchdown at the 13:45 mark of the second quarter to get the Jets on the board. "Me and Sam (Darnold) are really connecting right now. We're just taking practice to the game and it feels good out there."
Winners in four of their past five games with last Sunday's 22-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals (1-12) as the head-scratching result, the Jets have a tall task ahead as a season-ending slate against the Baltimore Ravens (11-2), Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) and Buffalo Bills (9-4) looms.
"It's always good to get a win in this league," Darnold said. "It's hard to win in this league and it was just really good to get that one."