Jets vs. Broncos Thursday Night Football: Live Score, Video and Analysis
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Tim Tebow has done it again.
With just under six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of tonight's Thursday Night Football defensive battle, the Broncos offense had been held to just 134 total yards and produced seven three-and-outs in the second half alone.
The Jets had just punted the football from midfield—P T.J. Conley's best of the night—and the former Florida Gators QB had 95 yards ahead of him to the end zone. Things were looking bleak for Denver, and Gang Green had the momentum with some strong second half play.
But the magic was too strong tonight—this was Tebow's show. On the first play of the drive, Tebow threw a risky horizontal pass to WR Eddie Royal at the 1-yard line with S Jim Leonhard pursuing for a potential four-yard loss or safety. Leonhard missed the tackle, and Royal picked up eight yards.
That was just the momentum-changer the Broncos needed.
And then it was all downhill for the Jets defense, as it appeared that the short week and long travel began to take its toll. They began missing tackles and blowing coverage; playing sloppily.
Doing it with a mix on run and pass, he manufactured a great drive, putting his team on his back. The Broncos were faced with a 3rd-and-4 scenario on the Jets 20-yard line and it looked like Denver was setting up for a field goal. And then he did this:
Tebow, out of the option, bounced the run outside, blowing by S Eric Smith who was supposed to seal the edge.
He didn't—and Tebow seized the moment.
The Broncos QB exploded into the end zone untouched for the go-ahead and game-winning touchdown. It was the Broncos first lead of the entire game, with only one minute remaining.
And then, he did something that was a shock to no one: He Tebow-ed.
That score would hold to be final, as Sanchez could not connect on a hail-mary attempt from midfield.
Last year when the two teams met, the Jets stole the game late in a comeback victory with one minute remaining on a LaDainian Tomlinson touchdown run. This year, Tim Tebow and the Broncos returned the favor with a 5-minute, 95-yard touchdown drive.
Tebow wins games, plain and simple. He's now 4-1 as a starter.
And now, the video we've all been waiting for.
Here is the video of Tim Tebow's 20-yard game-winning touchdown run with one minute remaining in tonight's Jets-Broncos matchup.
Game over, and the Broncos win in epic fashion.
The Jets stole one late last year, and Denver and Tim Tebow returned the favor in 2011.
Final score: Broncos 17, Jets 13.
After a Von Miller sack, and a 4th-and-19 scenario, Sanchez completes a huge pass over the middle to Patrick Turner for 20+ yards.
Jets have 1st-and-10 from their own 42, with 27 seconds remaining.
Now, back-to-back incompletions and it's 3rd-and-10 all of a sudden.
Jets have their backs to the wall but game is not over yet.
Sanchez finds Keller on a 14-yard completion to the sideline. Big first down.
Game is not over yet.
Jets will start from their own 14-yard line. Going to be a long way to go to tie this game.
And Tim Tebow does it again.
No one sealed the edge on 3rd-and-4, and Tebow runs for the touchdown from roughly 21 yards out.
The Jets will have their backs to the wall, and need to score a touchdown to salvage their season.
Broncos 17, Jets 13
I mentioned this in the preview, that the Jets may get tired late in the game because of the travel and short-week.
That's exactly what we're seeing.
All of a sudden: missed tackles and poor coverage. Denver does not have solid wide receivers but all of a sudden they are getting great separation.
We have a game, ladies and gentleman. With the two-minute warning, the Broncos are knocking on the door.
Tim Tebow is now in a rhythm all of a sudden. Big completion to Demaryius Thomas and the Broncos have 1st-and-10 on the Jets 26-yard line.
All of a sudden, the Jets have awakened the sleeping giant on this drive.
A key 3rd-and-1 and Tebow runs for the first down on a draw play.
He is very tough to stop in situations such as this.
Broncos 1st-and-10 at their own 43-yard line.
Jim Leonhard misses a tackle near the end zone which could have been a potential safety, and the Broncos use it to fuel them to a first down.
Looks like Denver may have some momentum now and are finally showing signs of life.
Jets answer with a 3-and-out of their own on some conservative playcalling.
It's clear the Jets are looking to shorten the game, put their defense on the field, and attempt to get a win that way.
Another 3-and-out for the Broncos, and the Jets have great field position near mid-field with under seven minutes remaining.
Nick Folk drills his first field goal of the night from 45 yards out to give the Jets the lead yet again, 13-10.
These last nine minutes should be a thrilling finish.
Sanchez follows the bad play, with a great one on third down.
Broncos blitzed off the edge to his blind side, blitzer came un-blocked, and Sanchez waited until the last possible moment to get rid of the ball and find RB Joe McKnight off his back foot for a 13-yard gain.
First down for the Jets at the Broncos 32-yard line.
Sanchez gets sacked by Dumervil, who beats Mulligan.
Again, he held onto the ball too long, he had time to throw it away but didn't.
Big sack by Broncos defense.
Sanchez may not always make the best decisions, but man, he is tough.
He comes back in the game to start the fourth quarter.
End of the third quarter.
The quarter ends in fitting fashion: with the Broncos going 3-and-out and failing to move the football.
Broncos will put on 4th-and-7 from their own 21-yard line to start the quarter shortly.
Will Sanchez re-enter the game? Or will it be Mark Brunell?
Von Miller puts a helmet into Sanchez's back on a third down throw, hitting him literally three seconds late.
And this was the second time tonight he's done that. But again, no call by the officials.
Officiating this season has been dodgy at best.
But the Broncos, yet again, fail to capitalize.
After a first-down run that went for a loss of two yards, they went 3-and-out quickly.
On third down the Jets brought pressure, flushed him out of the pocket, and caused an incomplete pass to create 4th-and-11.
The Broncos net yards on that drive were -1.
Joe McKnight returns the kickoff to the Jets 42-yard line and was about to go down, but it was a FUMBLE.
He coughed the ball up before going down, and the Broncos have recovered.
THey will start from the Jets 40-yard line.
That was Andre Goodman's first pick-six of his career, by the way.
NEW GAME. Mark Sanchez just telegraphed and threw one of the most awful passes you will see.
CB Andre Goodman was covering Burress, with no window to throw the ball, but Sanchez threw it anyway.
Goodman jumped the route, tipped the pass to himself and took it into the endzone for the game-tying touchdown.
But the Jets' defense comes up big yet again and gets a 3-and-out.
The Broncos continue to look predictable on offense, and punted the football.
The Jets will start from their own 21-yard line.
Conley gets off a good punt from the back of his end zone, and the Broncos will start from mid-field.
Great field position for them again.
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