New York Jets: LaDainian Tomlinson's Two TDs Lift Jets Over Broncos

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New York Jets: LaDainian Tomlinson's Two TDs Lift Jets Over Broncos
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L.T. Scores against the Broncos

The Denver Broncos have to be sick of Ladainian Tomlinson's "L" pose. 

Before Sunday, the New York Jet running back had celebrated 19 career touchdowns in 18 games against Denver.  He visited the end-zone twice this Sunday in the Jets' 24-20 victory over the Broncos in Denver, including the game winner with just over a minute to go in the game from two yards out.

Denver had to figure they were done dealing with the future hall of famer when he signed with the Jets this past off-season to back up Shonn Greene.  L.T. however, had other plans for this season, and Sunday against Denver.

Tomlinson scored his first touchdown with 8:36 showing on the 4th quarter clock, tying the game at 17.  Denver kicker Matt Prater, who in the first half had made a 59-yard field goal, then connected from 48 yards to give Denver the lead with under 5 minutes remaining in the game.

With Denver leading, the Jets founds themselves with the ball around midfield facing a 4th and 6.  Sanchez scrambled away from the pass-rush, rolled out and launched a bomb to a single-covered Santonio Holmes.   The ball fell incomplete, but a yellow flag came from the side judge.  The referee confirmed his call of pass interference on Broncos' defensive back, Renaldo Hill, and the stage was set for Ladainian Tomlinson to break the Broncos' hearts again.

Tomlinson bulldozed in from two yards out, and the Jets had forged ahead 24-20 after Folk's PAT. 

Dwight Lowery, who is starting to make a name for himself as a bit of a closer for the Jets, came up with a fumbled snap to seal the game for the Jets.  Last week, Lowery sealed the game against the Vikings with a pick-6 of Brett Favre when Favre was attempting to play hero on Monday night.

The game was a sloppy one for the Jets, and one that the team seemed destined to lose.  The turned it over three times on the day, and for the first time all season, Mark Sanchez turned it over.

The second year signal-caller threw two bad first half interceptions, both times failing to recognize zone coverage. 

Thy struggled to run the ball until the fourth quarter, and also struggled to stop the Broncos' rush attack, statistically one of the worst in football. 

One of the Jets' most successful runs, a reverse to Santonio Holmes, ended in a fumble, the Jets' third turnover of the game.

The Jets trailed most of the game, coming from behind three times on the day.  Sanchez was undeterred by the slow start, and was unafraid to throw the final bomb that set up the game winning score.

When asked about the play, Sanchez said, "He [Holmes] would've caught it if he wasn't interfered with". 

The Jets caught their share of breaks on the day, keeping them in the game to make the last-minute comeback. 

Despite nailing a 59-yard field goal, Matt Prater also missed from 48 yards, and had to abort an earlier attempt on a bad snap.  The 48-yard miss came after a ten minute drive to begin the 3rd quarter.

The Jets also survived a surprise onside kick.  Forcing the Broncos to punt after four plays.  They survived a bad unneccesary roughness call on Jim Leonhard, and a "one-footed" touchdown by Demaryus Thomas later in the drive.

Nick Folk has been nothing short of spectacular, hitting a 56-yarder.  He also kicked off for touchbacks on all four of his kicks.

Finally, it's worth noting that while statistically the defense played better last year, they never seemed to come up with the game winning stop. 

This year however, it has been a different story.  They recovered the game-sealing fumble this week, picked off Favre to seal the game last week, and made the fourth quarter stops they needed to win in Miami.

The win moves the Jets to 5-1 overall, and more importantly, is the Jets' 4th win in five attempts in AFC play. 

They head to the bye week leading the AFC east.

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