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Year after year, Jets fans have been haunted by the acronym:
Just End The Season.
At 6-5 in a tough and tight AFC playoff race, a loss in any of their remaining five games could potentially do that; end the season. After another close game, the Comeback Kid(s) delivers as Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets put together another fourth quarter comeback, beating the Washington Redskins 34-19. The win guaranteed another week of shouts of J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets, not the uttering of the infamous Just-End-The-Season.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Jets found themselves behind by three and in dire straits as their playoff hopes slowly slipped through their fingers. But Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes had other plans. After a 29-yard kickoff return by Josh Baker, setting up the Jets with great field position, Mark Sanchez found his dangerous weapon, Santonio Holmes, for a 30-yard touchdown. The Jets took a 20-16 lead; a lead they would not relinquish.
Shonn Greene finished the game with 88 rushing yards, 26 receiving yards, and three touchdowns. The young running back sealed the deal for Gang Green, breaking two late runs resulting in touchdowns.
Roy Helu scored on Washington’s 82-yard opening drive, giving the Redskins an early 7-0 lead. The Jets answered back with a nine minute, 74-yard drive, with Helu’s counterpart, Shonn Green, picking up a rushing touchdown of his own, tying the game at seven a piece.
Two field goals by Graham Gano and two field goals by Nick Folk knotted the game at 13-13 late in the third quarter.
Graham Gano’s busy day continued, kicking a 46-yard field goal with less than eight minutes to go in the game, giving the Redskins a 16-13 lead.
Mark Sanchez continued with his late, fourth quarter magic, leading his team to another must win. The New York Jets defense looked strong and if the Jets have any hopes of making the playoffs, the defense needs to continue to play well and Mark Sanchez needs to continue to get the job done, in whatever way he knows how.
The win puts the Jets at 7-5 and in a four-way tie with the Bengals, Titans, and Raiders for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC.