American football: Hall's late kick lifts Jets to top spot

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John Hall's fourth field goal, a 37-yarder just under five minutes into overtime, gave the New York Jets a 19-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and sole possession of first place in the AFC East for the first time in nearly 11 years. "We won another close game and we are learning how to win," Bill Parcells, the Jets coach, said.

The Jets had allowed Baltimore to level the scores on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Vinny Testaverde to Derrick Alexander with three seconds left in regulation. But Glenn Foley then led the Jets on a 12-play, 60-yard drive after they won the toss to begin the extra period.

Keyshawn Johnson made a juggling 21-yard catch to put the ball at the Ravens' 34 and Wayne Chrebet added a nine-yard reception on third-and- seven that put the ball on the 22. Hall, a rookie from Wisconsin who had missed a short kick that cost the Jets in an overtime loss to New England in September, calmly booted his game-winner through the uprights.

Meanwhile in Buffalo, Steve Christie kicked three field goals including a 39-yarder with 10:42 remaining that lifted the Bills to a 9-6 victory over the Miami Dolphins, who lost their quarterback, Dan Marino, to an ankle injury.

Marino sprained his left ankle with 31 seconds left in the first half. He returned for the start of the third quarter but left again after being intercepted by the defensive end, Sean Moran, on the first series. "I didn't feel I could move the way I wanted to in order to be effective." Marino said.