It was the play to remember in a season to forget for the New York Jets.
The whole 2012 season can be summed up in the one play where Brandon Moore's behind met Mark Sanchez's helmet and sent the Patriots flying off in the other direction for another six points. It was the type of play that happens once in a lifetime. Moore himself couldn't believe it after seeing it on the jumbotron.
"I really don't know what to say about it," Moore said Monday, via ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.
"It's the weirdest play I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of plays over my time in football."
So have many Jets fans around the nation and they would agree. This has to be some sort of cruel twist of fate after Rex Ryan guaranteeing Super Bowls year after year. After acquiring a quarterback thought to be the second coming and leaving him sitting by the wayside to gather rust on the bench. It's as if Lady Luck made the Jets the butt end of a nationwide joke that she created.
Mark Sanchez had his own words in regards to "Butt-Gate".
"I was just trying to do the right thing and I ended up running into Brandon Moore," said Sanchez. "Sometimes that just happens." No Mark…no it doesn't.
Trying to make light of the situation doesn't detract from the obvious, the Jets are just not a playoff contending team. Coach Ryan has played the "give us one more game" card one time too many and is now being exposed. To make matters worse, Sanchez is now starting to become the 20 million dollar mistake having shown that his inconsistent play has not improved in three years of playing in the NFL.
A breakdown of the play shows that it was broken from the start. Sanchez botched the handoff by turning the wrong way after the snap. After being stuck with the football, he took off up-field. Three steps later, Sanchez runs into the backside of Moore and crashes to the ground, losing the football and the game all in one busted play.
"It will probably be on a blooper reel for awhile," Sanchez asserted. "That's just part of playing. You play long enough and eventually a couple plays like that will happen. Just try to avoid them and move on."
Sanchez was right. ESPN's weekly edition of the "Not-Top 10" showed the fumble on replay and made fun of the young quarterback each time we saw his lost look after falling to the ground. With the final five games on the horizon, the Jets have no time to dwell on mistakes of the past.
With the season lost, they should try and see what works for the 2013 campaign. But if there's one thing you can bet on, it will be that the Jets will find another way to create national news on some play other than the winning one.