Monday, October 24, 2011
Cheers and Jeers: Jets Bolt Past Chargers 27-21
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Plaxico Burress enjoyed a breakout performance snagging three touchdowns to the delight of the capacity MetLife Stadium crowd. Burress, who was overtly frustrated and discontent with his role in the Jets offense the past few weeks, emerged as the vital red zone threat New York envisioned when they signed him in the offseason. #17 finished the afternoon with four receptions for a mere 25 yards, yet his three scoring grabs proved to be the difference in Gang Green’s 27-21 triumph over San Diego.
Shonn Greene took 20 bruising carries for 112 yards in easily his best effort of the 2011 campaign. New York’s offensive front was tenacious in the trenches paving the way for a season high 162 rushing yards. LaDanian Tomlinson got the nod as the starting tailback in light of facing his former squad, but was forced to leave the game in the second half with the stomach flu. It was San Diego coach Norv Turner who was sick to his stomach at the conclusion of Sunday’s game as his Chargers failed to hold an 11 point lead late in the third quarter as New York outscored San Diego 17-0 in the second half of play.
Sunday’s game was off to a catastrophic start for Gang Green as tight end Dustin Keller was stripped on the fourth play of the opening drive by Donald Butler who returned the fumble 37 yards for the score. New York could not have asked for a more disastrous beginning, particularly for an offense that produced four three-and-out possessions to start the past two games. Sanchez was able to right the ship as he steered New York on an eight play 60 yard field goal scoring drive on the offense’s next possession. The Jets spotted San Diego a seven spot, but conjured up some second half magic to hand the Chargers their second loss of the season.
For the first time since September 9th, 2007, Plaxico Burress recorded three receiving touchdowns in a game.
EXTRA BIG STAT:
LaDanian Tomlinson became the fourth running back in NFL history with 600 catches before leaving in the second half due to illness.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
For the second time in as many weeks Darrelle Revis made the decisive play of the game for the New York Jets. Facing a third-and-five at New York’s 25 yard-line and leading 21-17, Phillip Rivers flung a pass in the direction of wide out Vincent Jackson with the ball deflecting off the receivers pads and into the grasp of Revis. #24 returned the interception 64 yards, down to San Diego’s 19 yard-line; effectively halting the Charger’s drive and shifting the momentum in favor of Gang Green.
“I want to tip my hat to our fans,” acknowledged Rex Ryan. “I know we could barely communicate to each other, so obviously it had to be super hard for the Chargers to communicate. It was brutal. We were yelling and trying to get certain calls in, and it was rough. We talk about home field advantage, and that was probably the difference in the game.”
As the war of words between New York’s head man Rex Ryan and San Diego’s Norv Turner heated up during the week; the Jets backed up their mouthy coach earning a comeback win in dramatic fashion. A game that featured a combined 21 penalties for a whopping 165 yards was anything but a Rex Ryan coaching clinic, but a critical win for Gang Green nonetheless.