Playoff hopes dim with loss to Jets

The Broncos third straight loss, a 19-13 defeat at the hands of the New York Jets, will make a playoff run extremely difficult. Even though Denver dominated statistically, the Jets made the plays that counted.

The Broncos failed to score several times down close, including a pair of missed Jason Elam field goals from 33 and 46 yards into a gusty wind. The Broncos mounted a long drive in the closing minutes and were in a position to win, but Brian Griese was intercepted at the New York two yard line by rookie Jon McGraw. Griese was 28 of 37 for 266 yards in his first game back from a knee injury, and tight end Shannon Sharpe had seven catches for 100 yards in his first game back from an elbow injury. Denver is now two games back in the AFC West, trailing the Raiders and Chargers.

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Broncos Pile Up Yards, But Points Prove Harder to Find - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Dec. 8, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sustained offensive success seemed a shaky proposition for the Broncos and New York Jets on Sunday, as a stiff wind howling throughout notoriously gusty Giants Stadium.

Game Center - DenverBroncos.com

Coles, Pennington lead Jets past Broncos - CBS Sportsline.com
Dec. 8, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On a day of individual milestones, the New York Jets wanted to talk about collective achievement. Such as winning their fifth game in the last six, a 19-13 victory over Denver that severely damaged the Broncos' playoff hopes. And rallying to win for the first time with Chad Pennington at quarterback. And staying alive in the AFC East race despite being outplayed for much of Sunday's game in the wind and occcasional flurries.

Late push propels the Jets over the Broncos- NFL.com
Check out the scoring summary and stats from Denver's 19-13 loss to the New York Jets.

Jets top Broncos, muddle playoff picture- USA Today.com
Dec. 8, 2002 - EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Laveranues Coles went over 1,000 yards receiving and made a spectacular diving touchdown catch, keeping the New York Jets' dim playoff hopes alive with a 19-13 comeback victory over Denver. The Broncos (7-6) took a huge hit in losing their third straight, falling despite gaining 369 yards.


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