Jets Use Defense to Soar over Redskins, 34-19; Keep Playoff Hopes Alive
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.
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The Jets force another turnover as Rex Grossman tries to hit Fred Davis downfield but Kyle Wilson intercepts the tipped pass and the Jets will kneel to end the game.
Game recap coming up.
And with that horrible onside kick attempt, this game is just about over. Not only are the Jets going to win, their fans are making sure the Redskins know it as their unofficial mascot Fireman Ed leads the classic "J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!" chant.
Meanwhile, Shonn Greene gets another touchdown by bursting through the line and into end zone. Sadly for Jets fans, the Broncos who currently hold the tiebreaker against the Jets, won on a last second field goal against the Vikings.
As a last attempt to try and comeback the Redskins made another field goal and are going to try an onside kick as they are only down by eight points now.
The Jets are not helping themselves by sending crazy blitzes on third and long when the Redskins need to score a touchdown. Sending a basic pass rush would suffice and this game would be over a lot earlier than it will eventually be.
Another touchdown by the Jets courtesy of Shonn Greene out of the wildcat and this game is most definitely over.
Another big sack by Aaron Maybin and huge fumble by Rex Grossman sets the Jets up in the red zone. Barring a crazy collapse, the Jets will win this afternoon's game as their defense and offense were able to come up big late in the game.
Big third down coming up as the Redskins may be down to one of their last snaps with 4:33 left to go in the fourth as Rex Grossman is having trouble completing passes.
In typical New York Jets fashion, the Jets come up big late in yet another game as Mark Sanchez threw a beautiful pass to Santonio Holmes who finished it off by running it into the end zone, giving the Jets a 20-16 lead.
After a great return by the rookie tight end Josh Baker, the Jets have the ball in Washington territory. They were able to move the ball well on the first down pass to Shonn Greene, but a substitution penalty takes away 5 yards from the 8-yard gain.
The missed 41-yard field goal by Nick Folk earlier in the game is very big as the Redskins take a 16-13 lead on another field by Graham Gano.
Jets drive stalls after a big first yard gain and after a big return and penalty, the Redskins will start this next drive in New York territory.
Jets able to keep the Redskins from advancing any further. Meanwhile, another Jets linebacker is down as Calvin Pace gets checked out on the field. By the way the trainers were treating his leg, may have just been some cramping.
Redskins are forced to punt again as the Jets will likely start the ball inside their own 20-yard line.
With the run for no gain by Roy Helu, that is the end of the third quarter. As we enter the fourth quarter, the score is tied 13-13.
Jets forced to punt for the third time this half as a big illegal blocking penalty kills the Jets drive, but a great punt and hustle to the ball by the Jets punt team, flips the field as the Redskins start their next drive on their own 14-yard line.
Jets catch another break as an unnecessary roughness penalty gets called on the Redskins, giving the Jets a first down. Barnes who made the hit was livid on the sideline following the play as the coaches gave him a piece of their minds.
Mark Sanchez was having a solid day but almost threw it all away by throwing into a crowd and almost being picked off similar to the interception he threw against Buffalo last week that set up the Stevie Johnson touchdown against Darrelle Revis in the first half.
Jets defense is able to make up for another special teams error as Bart Scott deflects a Rex Grossman pass on fourth and one.
The Jets will begin this next drive inside their own 25-yard line.
And on another big third down, the Washington defense comes up big, stopping the Jets when they had momentum and field position, setting up Nick Folk for a 41-yard field goal, which he missed wide right.
Jets try another wildcat run with Jeremy Kerley for the first time since the first half and it goes for a nice gain of about 6-yards.
Helu did fumble. It will be the Jets ball in Washington territory, and because the Jets have won two challenges today, they will be granted a third, if necessary.
The Jets may have caught a break as it looks like Roy Helu never had full control of the football on a run, in which he may have fumbled. The ruling on the field was that Helu was down but after viewing the replay and because Eric Smith recovered the ball, it looks the Jets may get the ball back in great field position.
For the second time today, David Harris drops what could have been a big interception. The first came before the Redskins second field goal at the end of the first half.
After picking up a first down on the ground, the Jets cannot find a way to continue the drive and attempt a 51-yard field goal, which Nick Folk bangs through the uprights to tie the game at 13.
Looks like the Redskins offensive line is having some trouble as the Jets have been getting more and more pressure on the last few drives, especially on the first play of this drive as outside linebacker Jamaal Westerman was able to burst through and sack Rex Grossman.
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