NFL: New York Jets Defeat Cleveland Browns 26-20 in OT
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Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes on a quick slant that for the second straight week, Holmes turned up field in overtime.
This time, the controversial wide receiver took it in to the end zone for six points and a Jet victory over the Browns on Sunday afternoon.
In a strange game, the Jets went from being dominated early to dominating late and having several opportunities to pull away from the Browns. The game ended up being an absolute dog fight. The Jets needed a miracle to pull yet another road win, their fifth in a row this 2010 season.
The first half belonged to the "Human Hammer" Peyton Hillis. His rushes set up a field goal to open the scoring on the Browns first possession.
After a Jet field goal, the Browns turned it over on a Hillis fumble. Nick Folk missed the first of his three field goal misses on the afternoon, and the Browns were set up 1st-and-10 on their own 39.
After two first downs, Hillis took a hand-off and went 12 yards to put the Browns ahead, 10-3.
Sanchez then hit Jericho Cotchery on a play where Sanchez bought himself extra time by dancing in the pocket for a 25-yard touchdown, knotting the game at 10.
After a Browns' field goal, the Jets embarked on a drive that would cover 80 yards on 11 plays.
On 3rd-and-goal, for the second straight week, Mark Sanchez called his own number, driving himself into the end zone giving the Jets a 17-13 lead, a lead the Jets would have at halftime.
The Jets dominated the third quarter and much of the fourth; possessing the ball for almost all of that time, the allowed just 14 total yards to the Browns. Until the last drive, the Jets were in complete control.
Folk had an opportunity to put the Jets up seven points after a 10 minute drive to open the third quarter.
However, the enigmatic kicker struck the upright from just 24 yards out, holding the score at 17-13.
Toward the end of the fourth quarter, Folk righted himself, connecting from 25 yards and putting the Jets up a full touchdown.
The Browns had the ball down seven with just 2:35 on the clock.
Colt McCoy drove his team down the field, connecting with Massaquoi for a three-yard touchdown, evening the game at 20.
The clock ran out, and the Jets, for the second week in a row, won the overtime toss.
After a Jet three-and-out, the Browns appeared poised to win it driving down the field.
Former Jet Chansi Stuckey had the ball, and turned it up the sideline in Jet territory, well within Phil Dawson's field-goal range.
Veteran Drew Coleman however, forced a fumble, recovered by Antonio Cromartie.
The Jets drove down to the Browns 30, but Folk missed again, this time from 47 yards away.
After a defensive stop, the Jets had it again. On third down, Sanchez forced a ball to Braylon Edwards that was intercepted by Joe Haden.
The play worked as a de-facto punt, putting the ball on the Browns five yard-line.
After a three-and-out, the Browns were forced to punt.
Jim Leonhard made a nice play on the punt return, setting the Jets up on the Cleveland 37.
On the first play from scrimmage, Sanchez hit Holmes to try to set Folk up yet again to win the game. Miscommunication between Browns DBs allowed Holmes to break free, taking it into the end zone for the Jets win.
The win moves the Jets to 7-2, a half-game ahead of the Pats for the AFC East lead.
The Jets will be interested spectators as the Pats face the Steelers on Sunday Night football, tonight at 8:20 p.m. ET.
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