Thursday Night Football: Tim Tebow Stuns Ryan's Jets, Crippling Playoff Hopes

Anthony Pucik@AnthonyPucikCorrespondent INovember 18, 2011

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos scrambles away from Ropati Pitoitua #79 of the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Tebow went on to score the game winning touchdown as the Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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It appears that Rex Ryan has been caught with his foot in his mouth again. What? Too soon?

Last night his New York Jets lost to the Denver Broncos in a Thursday night "thriller." A game that should have been easily won by the Jets, Tim Tebow shows once again that you do not actually have to throw the ball effectively to win games as a quarterback in this league, scoring on a 20-yard rush with 58 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Broncos up 17-13, which ended up being the final. 

The Jets came into this game thinking that it would be an easy victory and a way for them to redeem themselves after losing Sunday night to their rival New England Patriots. Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis said earlier in the week that the only thing the Jets' defense had to worry about was "falling asleep" against Tebow's Broncos.

Tebow took the place of Kyle Orton five games ago and has posted a 4-1 record for the now 5-5 Broncos. However, Tebow only has a 78.4 quarterback passer rating and is a much more effective runner than passer.

The Jets, having arguably one of the best defenses in football, figured that they would be able to shut down the Broncos and pick up the victory. The Jets were able to accomplish this feat, limiting the Denver offense to only 10 points, but it was the Jets' offense that ended up ruining them.

The Jets were only able to muster 13 points on offense for the entire game. Against a Broncos defense that is ranked 16th overall in the league and 19th in pass defense, that is not enough points.

Granted, both of the Jets top running backs—LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene—were injured, but that was no excuse for quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sanchez was unable to find the end zone a single time, and when the Jets finally scored it was on a fumble at the goal line recovered by offensive lineman Matt Slauson.

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Head coach Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets talk on the field prior to playing against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty I
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Not only was Sanchez ineffective, but he was also responsible for the play that put the Broncos back in the game and was crucial to their victory. Up 10-3 in the third quarter, Sanchez has a pass picked off by Broncos' Andre Goodman and returned 26 yards for the touchdown, tying the game at 10.

The interception allowed the Broncos to gain a much-needed spark that they carried with them through the second half that allowed them to win the game. 

The Jets took the lead again on a 45-yard field goal by Nick Folk halfway into the fourth quarter. With about six minutes remaining in the game, Tebow and the Broncos started what would be their last drive at their own five-yard line. 

Based on how well the Jets had played all game and Tebow's inexperience and ineffectiveness, it seemed as if the Broncos had no chance to win. However, Tebow proved his critics wrong once again, bringing the Broncos downfield and scoring the game-winning touchdown.

This game should never have been as close as it was. Sure, if Nick Folk did not miss two field goals (a 61-yarder and a 52-yarder), the Jets probably would have won, but it should not have even had to come down to extremely long field-goal tries for the Jets.

They should have been able to score more points against an average-at-best Broncos defense, but they did not. Even with his running backs hurt, Sanchez should have been able to pass more effectively, but he did not. 

The Jets, now 5-5, have lost their last two games and with last night's loss have severely damaged their chances of making the playoffs.

It appears Rex Ryan is going to eat his words once again. Before the season, he said the Jets would win the Super Bowl.

He should be a little more concerned with making the playoffs period first. Then he can talk about the Super Bowl, because right now, the way the Jets have been playing, they will be watching the Super Bowl from their living rooms.