Jets Use Defense to Soar over Redskins, 34-19; Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Chris Dela RosaContributor IDecember 4, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 04:   Oshiomogho Atogwe #20 of the Washington Redskins tackles LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the New York Jets during a game at FedExField on December 4, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Final: New York Jets: 34 - Washington Redskins: 19

It was a three to four point game all the way through until the last five minutes of the game when the Jets had a 21-point outburst to give them a late four point lead. A fumble by Rex Grossman and recovery by Calvin Pace set up Shonn Greene for his second touchdown of the day, which meant it was all over for Washington.

As predicted, the key players in today's game were Roy Helu and Shonn Greene.  Helu was hot to start off the game as he and Fred Davis were able to get their team into the end zone in a quick 5 minutes. 

Meanwhile, Shonn Greene was able to power his way all game while still recovering from a rib injury as he rushed for 88 yards on 22 carries for three touchdowns.

Aside from the blowout during the last five minutes, this was a great game to watch as both defenses battled to keep the opposing team from scoring.  In the end, it was the Jets offense who broke through in an effort to keep their playoff hopes alive. 

Because of this victory, the Jets (7-5) remain in the hunt for the sixth and final wild card spot in the AFC with teams like the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Bengals.  They will return home to East Rutherford next week to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Meanwhile, the Redskins (4-8) will host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots as they will try to avoid having another losing season for the twelfth year in a row.