New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress caught three touchdown passes, and running back Shonn Greene ran for 112 yards, but it was cornerback Darrelle Revis who saved the Jets season when he intercepted a pass by San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers intended for wide receiver Vincent Jackson at the Jets 17 and returned it 64 yards to the Chargers 19-yard line.
The Jets would score in five plays on a three-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez to Burress, and a late field goal of 30 yards by Nick Folk would give the Jets the final margin of victory, 27-21.
The day started off poorly for the Jets, as they turned the ball over on their fourth offensive play when Chargers linebacker Donald Butler wrestled away the footbal from Jets tight end Dustin Keller and ran the ball 37 yards for a touchdown.
The Jets would move the ball well on their next possession, but stalled at the San Diego 16 and settled for a 35-yard Folk field goal. After a three and out by the Chargers, the Jets would again move the ball deep into San Diego territory, but a Sanchez pass intended for Burress was picked off by safety Eric Weddle.
The Chargers would score on their next possession when Rivers connected with tight end Antonio Gates on a two-yard touchdown pass, but the Jets would answer right back with the first of the Sanchez to Burress touchdowns. San Diego would answer that score, and take a 21-10 lead into halftime as many Jets fans booed the team.
After the teams traded scoreless possessions, the Jets would put together a drive that ended in the second Burress touchdown and cut the deficit to 21-17. In the fourth quarter, with the Chargers at the Jets 25, Revis picked off the Rivers pass that changed the game, and perhaps the Jets season.
Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie talked about his partner in the secondary. “He’s playing at a very high level.” When talking about the entire secondary, Cromartie said “We tried to mix it up. Looks like we probably confused them a bit.” Specifically talking about the Revis interception, Cromartie said “We showed a zone kind of look to disrupt the timing.”
Jets center Nick Mangold struggled, as he was called for three penalties. When asked if he thought they were valid calls, Mangold responded “It doesn’t matter if I agree or not, I can’t put myself in that position.” Overall, Mangold said the victory was a “great team win. Great confidence booster.” Some suspect Mangold’s lackluster game is because he isn’t 100%. When I asked him about the bye week, he said “It’s good to have that rest and come back healthier.”
Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson caught his 600th career pass on Sunday, becoming the fourth player in National Football League history to do so, joining Larry Centers, Marshall Faulk, and Keith Byars, before leaving the game with an illness.