To the victor go the spoils ... or at least the nominations. And Ryan Fitzpatrick, the winning quarterback in Sunday's overtime comeback over the Giants, has been nominated for two weekly NFL awards today — the FedEx Air Player of the Week and the Castrol EDGE Clutch Player of the Week.
For the FedEx award, given to the past week's "epic air performance," Fitzpatrick will be battling Carolina's Cam Newton and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger at the Internet ballot box. The only Jets QB to win the FedEx Air award was Brett Favre in 2008.
For the Castrol award, presented to the player with "the strength to come through during a key moment to contribute to victory," Fitzpatrick's fellow nominees this week are San Francisco's Blaine Gabbert, Carolina's Cam Newton, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston. No Jet has ever won this award.
Fans can vote online for both awards the rest of this week. The winners will be announced Friday afternoon.
Fitzpatrick's heroics included completing 36 of 50 passes for 390 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 107.9 rating, throwing the game-tying 9-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall with 27 seconds left in regulation, and setting up that pass with a 15-yard keeper on fourth-and-6 from the Giants 36.
"I've just tried to stay consistent in terms of the way that I prepare and approach every game," Fitzpatrick said about Sunday's win and the 38-20 win over Miami the week before. "But I think the chemistry with some of the guys that last few games has been good and we've just got to continue to work on that in practice and continue to show it in the games. But I think we've been on the same page for the last few games."
Fitz's 390 passing yards were the most by a Jets QB in a road win since 1986, and the last time a Jets QB threw for 21 passing first downs in a game, Vinny Testaverde was pulling out the 2000 Monday Night Miracle against the Dolphins.