While Tony Sparano's offense sputtered, Rex Ryan's defense held its own, limiting Jake Locker and Co. to under 300 total yards and a mere 12 first downs.
Mark Sanchez accounted for five turnovers, and Tim Tebow fumbled a snap and failed to complete his only pass attempt of the night as the offensively anemic club lost 14-10, typifying their 2012 season.
The game came to a close when Sanchez fumbled a snap of his own, which was the end of back-to-back-to-back turnovers.
Here's a look at what ultimately was a telling and frustrating-to-watch prime-time game.
Muhammad Wilkerson blocked a Rob Bironas field-goal attempt. That gave the Jets some momentum heading into their first offensive possession, which ultimately ended in a Nick Folk field goal.
Outside of the field-goal block, the first quarter was essentially about as dull as humanly possible.
#EA This is the Jets' first lead entering the 2nd Quarter since Week 2 vs. PIT.— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 18, 2012
Actually, not really.
After another abysmal Jets possession gained fewer than 30 yards, they punted, and finally, we were treated to some excitement.
From his own 6-yard line, Chris Johnson exploded through the Jets defensive line and flew to a 94-yard touchdown.
Quite the display of unadulterated speed from Johnson, who apparently wanted to remind everyone he's still the fastest in the game.
After that, Tim Tebow made his debut in this contest and rushed for 12 yards on a read-option run to kick things off.
He ran for one yard on the next play, was sacked, was penalized for delay of game and finished with a wild scramble that led to a throw away across his body.
Somehow, though, this was possible.
Mark Sanchez had a 32.6 passer rating against Titans. Despite going 0-1 for 0 yds, Tim Tebow had a 39.6 rating. » es.pn/U5yvCm— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) December 18, 2012
I guess Sanchez really was that ineffective.
CBS Sports' Will Brinson made an astute point as the game headed into halftime with the Titans up 7-3.
Titans have the worst scoring D in NFL. And Chris Johnson has more yards than the Jets in the first half.— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) December 18, 2012
Sad that Monday Night Football games can't be flexed.
Sanchez overthrew tight end Jeff Cumberland on the Jets' first offensive drive of the second half and was picked off by Jason McCourty.
On their next possession, Tebow fumbled a snap on what looked to be an inside run play.
Luckily, Shonn Greene recovered.
After a three-and-out by the Titans, Mark Sanchez threw a touchdown on 3rd-and-12 to Cumberland with a completely unaware Titans defender in coverage who was caught looking away from the line of scrimmage.
Locker got the ball back and pieced together a fine drive that ended with a rather Robert Griffin III-esque touchdown run with Michael Roos and Johnson leading the way.
Nice TD run by Jake Locker made possible by a solid block by Chris Johnson. This game is actually starting to be entertaining...— John Kriesel (@johnkriesel) December 18, 2012
The Titans quarterback looked like he was back in college on the thunderous touchdown scamper.
Both teams traded two three-and-outs to begin the final stanza, then Sanchez offered up a gift to Titans safety Michael Griffin for his third interception.
In what felt like a recurring nightmare, after Tennessee's offense stalled, Sanchez was late on a throw down the seam to Cumberland, and Griffin was there for another pick.
The maligned Jets signal-caller ended with a mere 13 completions, and this tweet summed up his fourth-quarter interceptions well:
@sc_dougfarrar To me, looked like Sanchez and Michael Griffin had instant chemistry. As if they'd been teammates for years.— Andy Behrens (@andybehrens) December 18, 2012
But again, the Jets defense held and gave the offense one last chance.
To wonderfully culminate his evening, Sanchez fumbled a low snap, and...game over.
Here's a retrospective of No. 6's evening:
The consummate professional Mike Tirico summed up everything succinctly with the call on Sanchez's game-ending botched snap.
With that, the Jets were officially eliminated from postseason contention.
Most of us were glad the charade was finally over.
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