Last season, Mark Sanchez looked like a rookie. It made sense because he was one, but critics treated him like he was a failure at times.
He showed signs of maturity during the postseason, even entering halftime with a lead at the AFC Championship Game.
Things didn't go well for Sanchez in preseason or in Week 1, but he has finally become a big-time quarterback. The last two weeks, he's been clutch in overtime victories, which some have attributed to luck.
In this game, he was just great. No luck was needed, and perhaps this is who he will be for the next decade.
After the Jets trailed 24-23, Sanchez needed to put his team in field goal range to win the game, but he threw an interception and it seemed that the game was over.
The Texans came back to kick a field goal to extend the lead to 27-23 to put the "icing on the cake" or so it seemed.
The Jets got the ball back with 55 seconds left and no timeouts, and started the drive at their own 28-yard line.
There was no way the Jets could win, needing a touchdown with so little time remaining. That's when Sanchez stepped up to become a star.
After getting to the Texans' 48-yard line and spiking the ball to stop the clock, Sanchez threw a deep ball to Braylon Edwards, caught inbounds at the 6-yard line.
Then it was time to go to his go-to-guy, Santonio Holmes. On the first play from the six, Sanchez lobbed a pass to Holmes in the back of the end zone for a touchdown, giving the Jets a 30-27 lead. It was the third straight week that Sanchez-to-Holmes worked for the victory.
Holmes has finally become the receiver he was for the Steelers, and the Jets have a feared combination to work with.