The game was very close for the majority of the day, but New York outclassed the 'Skins when they needed too.
Some players had an awful day, such as Jeremy Kerley, whose crucial fumble resulted in Redskins points, while others had superb outings and helped the Jets improve to 7-5 on the year.
Here are the three players who proved most valuable on Sunday.
Shonn Greene had one of the best games in his young career on Sunday afternoon.
The Iowa product was relied on from the beginning. Despite struggling early, Sanchez continued to hand him the football.
The third-year pro finally broke through in the second half, as he began to dominate a weary Washington defense. Greene was also terrific in the passing game, as he made some crucial catches late in the game.
Greene finished with 22 carries for 88 yards and a career-high three touchdowns on the ground, while also contributing with three catches for 26 yards through the air.
Aaron Maybin has been one of the most pleasant surprises for the Jets in 2011.
A former draft bust, the outside linebacker seems to have found a home in Gotham.
He has become New York's most valuable pass rusher, and he continued to perform at a high level in Washington.
Maybin pressured Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman all game, before finally breaking through for Gang Green's only sack late in the fourth quarter.
The former first round pick absolutely demolished Grossman, and he forced the ball loose. The ball was recovered by the Jets, who ran out of the clock to seal the win.
Mark Sanchez was not terrific on Sunday. He did not put up mind-blowing stats, or make any fabulous passes, but he was a very reliable game manager.
The USC product had an effective first half, as he completed over seventy percent of his passes, and made up for a struggling running game.
Sanchize settled for short crossing routes for the majority of the game. However, the third year quarterback found Santonio Holmes on a deep route for a 30-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The clutch pass drew New York even, and shifted the momentum towards the Jets sideline.
The 25-year-old finished the game with 19 completions on 32 passes for 165 yards. He committed no turnovers for the first time in several weeks.