Sunday, December 11, 2011
Jets Steamroll Chiefs Behind Sanchez’s Four Touchdowns
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Sunday’s lopsided 37-10 win propelled the New York Jets back into the sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture and may very well have restored Mark Sanchez’s shaky confidence. The third year quarterback became the first Jets player ever to score two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a single game. In Sanchez’s last three games, not coincidentally all Jets wins, #6 has compiled nine touchdowns (seven passing, two rushing), only one interception and a superb 98.3 quarterback rating. In fact the last two weeks the Jets offense has scored touchdowns on their opening drives after struggling the entire season to jump out to early leads.
Against Kansas City, Gang Green stormed out of the gate, as Rex Ryan—in contrast to his defensive minded style—elected to receive to start the game. New York took full advantage of its first offensive possession marching 77 yards on 11 plays punctuated by Sanchez’s nifty quarterback keeper on third-and-goal from the three-yard line. The Jets defense finally inherited an early lead to nurture, a lead that would swell to 28-3 at halftime. Kansas City went quietly into the night as the Jets called off the horses in the fourth quarter subbing in 41-year old quarterback Mark Brunell to the delight of the Met-life stadium crowd.
In light of Cincinnati, Tennessee and Oakland all losing in Week 14, the Jets are in complete control of their playoff destiny. Next Sunday, New York shuttles down the Jersey Turnpike to battle a talented but underachieving Eagles squad. The Jets have never won a game in the city of Philadelphia but will have to set history in Week 15 if they hope to keep their playoff hopes alive and well.