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J-E-T-S…Just End The Season?
The roller coaster ride continues for the New York Jets as they get “Tebowed,” dropping a crucial game to the Denver Broncos, 17-13.
A defensive battle consisting of two young quarterbacks defined the majority of the game between both teams, but it was one young quarterback that captured the headline while the other had one of the worst games of his career.
Mark Sanchez has become the comeback kid for the New York Jets, leading the NFL with seven fourth quarter comebacks since Week 6 of last season. He has manufactured game-winning drives, hit his receievers in desperate situations, and has managed to rid himself of feeling the pressure and act like a veteran quarterback.
Thursday night, Mark Sanchez had one of the worst games of his career. Tim Tebow on the other hand, manufactured a game-winning drive consisting of 58 rushing yards, his three receivers, and did not feel the pressure at all down three points with less than six minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
After containing Tebow to 11 rushing yards and forcing Denver to punt eight times in a row, the Jets defense could not find an answer when it mattered most. Jim Leonhard nearly prevented Tebow’s name from ever making the headlines, wrapping up Eddie Royal in his own end zone but the fourth-year receiver fought his way to freedom and picked up eight yards on the play. From there, the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow never looked back. 58 rushing yards later and a risky all-out blitz call by Rex Ryan, the Broncos took the 17-13 lead, leaving the Jets with less than a minute to stage a comeback of their own.
The all-out blitz was the first of the night for the Jets and it was risky because it could ultimately give Tebow room to run and that is exactly what he did, shaking away an Eric Smith tackle and finding the end zone for the score. Even though Mark Sanchez is famous for his fourth quarter comebacks and composure during high pressured situations, he could not live up to part of his reputation, getting sacked on the drive and failing to make the big play.
Both teams are headed in opposite directions as the Broncos won their third straight game and the Jets lost their second straight game. After being tied for first place just four nights ago, the Jets find themselves in third place in the division and hanging on to their playoff chances for dear life.
Both quarterbacks are headed in opposite directions as well. Tim Tebow became the star of Thursday night’s battle of AFC teams while Mark Sanchez continued to drown himself in his own mistakes. Sanchez’s interception that was run back for a touchdown proved to be just as costly as the defense’s inablity to stop Tebow at the end of the game.
“I let the defense down, however you want to phrase it. It’s just an embarrassing day for me.”
It might be time to put another shameful game behind you, Sanchez. Look forward to some turkey next week and try to salvage whatever is left of this 2011 season.
Same old Jets? Pretty Much.
Just End The Season? Pretty Much.