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It was a tale of two quarters for Mark Sanchez. The Jets largely took the ball out of his hands in the first quarter, calling three pass plays and five run plays on the two opening series.
He finished the night 9-of-11 for 59 yards and an interception. His accuracy was solid for the most part, despite an overthrown ball to wide receiver Patrick Turner, but he hardly threw any balls deeper than 10 yards, averaging just 6.6 yards per attempt on the night.
The pick six was a poorly thrown ball off his back foot and a pass he had no business making with cornerback Jayron Hosley in tight coverage on his target—Turner.
It all appeared to be going according to the script for Tim Tebow on the first drive. He went 4-of-5 for 52 yards, adding two rushes for five yards as he marched the Jets down the field before stalling out in the red zone. Tebow showed command of both the offense and of his throws on the first drive.
Then, it got ugly and stayed ugly, with Tebow's trademark overthrows and underthrows dotting the "i" on his performance against the Giants. After that first drive, Tebow completed just one more pass.
It didn't help either quarterback, though, that the offensive line didn't seem to want to block anyone. Sanchez was sacked three times, and Tebow was sacked four times.