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If only one more yard was gained during this possession, the Jets would've had the seven additional points necessary to pull out the victory. It was the most annoying and agonizing drive of the entire season for the Jets as midway through the fourth quarter, they wasted a 17-play, eight-minute drive, attempting to come within a touchdown of tying the game.
The Jets, trailing 24-10 with plenty of momentum, had a first and goal at the two-yard line. With four shots at getting into the end zone and plenty of weapons to use, they failed to do it.
This was by far Brian Schottenheimer's worst play calling sequence as Jets offensive coordinator. You'd figure with talent such as Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson, those two would attempt all four plays, but instead, Schottenheimer went with two pass plays in between.
After Greene rushed one yard to the Steelers one-yard line, Sanchez passed the ball to Dustin Keller who dropped it in the end zone, and Santonio Holmes who never had a chance with the ball having been batted down at the line of scrimmage.
Then, with the season on the line in all likelihood, the older Tomlinson attempted to run it in instead of the fresher Greene. He ran up the middle for no gain, and that ended an atrocious goal-line effort by Schottenheimer and the Jets.
All four plays should have been Shonn Greene rushes and passing was a terrible call, especially with no room to work.
This is the type of drive in the biggest game of the season that should get the offensive coordinator fired. Rex Ryan already said Schottenheimer is returning next season, but he better not bring that offensive play calling sequence with him to training camp. If nothing else, hopefully a lesson was learned.
If the Jets score seven there, they obviously win the game by two points.