EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Billy Griggs and JoJo Townsell are role players in a sport of specialization. On Monday night, Griggs and Townsell got their chance in the spotlight and they put on stellar performances.
Townsell, who usually is limited to kick returns, and Griggs, a third-string tight end and special teams regular, scored touchdowns as the New York Jets beat the Seattle Seahawks, 30-14, and created an unprecedented five-way tie in the AFC East.
The Jets (4-4) are tied with Buffalo, Miami, New England and Indianapolis, the only time this late in the season that such a deadlock has existed. Seattle dropped to 5-3, two games behind the San Diego Chargers in the AFC West.
Townsell broke a scoreless tie in the second period when he returned a Ruben Rodriguez punt 91 yards. Griggs caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Ken O'Brien for his first regular-season reception in 37 games.