Ladanian Tomlinson punished Minnesota's ninth ranked rushing defense, carrying the ball for 94 yards on 20 carries. Tomlinson's workman-like performance wore out the Vikings run defense, making way for Shonn Greene to break a late 26 yard touchdown scamper, putting the Jets ahead to stay, with 4:30 remaining in the game. Tomlinson is emerging as the Jets primary tailback and his powerful running style is effectively exhausting defenses, and creating the opportunity for downhill runner, Shonn Greene, to deliver the knockout punch.
The Jets ran 42 plays in Vikings territory, with the offense producing 22 points. New York was futile in the red zone, failing to score a touchdown on their four chances while failing to capitalize on tremendous field position. This was evident than when with four minutes remaining in the first half, the Jets found themselves with great starting field position at the Vikings 47 yard line. The Jets drove the ball to inside Minnesota's five-yard line where they had a golden opportunity to extend their 6-0 lead before the end of the half. On 2nd and four, Mark Sanchez spotted Jericho Cotchery free in the endzone, but misfired, sailing the ball high and out of Cotchery's grasp. On 3rd and four, Sanchez targeted Keller, who dove headfirst but had the ball slip through his outstretched hands. The Jets would settle for a field goal before halftime with the Vikings fortunate to be down just 9-0 at the half.
"We're so excited about this win, and the way we just hung in there at the end. Because I really don't think I'm able to sustain this thing last year and I don't think we win this game last year. I think it's a testament to our leadership, our coaching this year and just really doing a great job down the stretch." -Quarterback Mark Sanchez.
0: The Jets have not committed a turnover during their current four game winning streak, while forcing their opponents into 12 turnovers this season. The Jets lone turnover on the season was when Shonn Greene fumbled during the Week 1 defeat at the hands of the Ravens. The Jets +11 turnover differential ranks the best in the NFL. The Jets will look to make history next week by becoming the first team to not turn the ball over in five consecutive games.
In what was a tumultuous and emotional week for Brett Favre, this following an allegation of sexual harassment made by former Jets employee Jenn Sterger, Favre had a historic night. #4 eclipsed 70,000 career passing yards, adding to his all-time leading mark. Favre threw three touchdowns reaching a plateau of 502 career touchdown passes, which also ranks first all-time. The Vikings quarterback owns the dubious distinction of fumbling more than any NFL player all time, with 162 hiccups. Brett Favre has also thrown 324 career interceptions which is the most in NFL history.
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Fullback John Conner bulldozed middle linebacker E.J. Henderson, creating a massive opening for Shonn Green to exploit with a 23-yard touchdown. The score gave the Jets a 22-13 lead, a lead they would not relinquish, with 4:30 remaining in the game.
In a game that was ugly from the onset, with torrential rain and lightning delaying the start of the game forty minutes, the Jets played mistake free football, surviving a second half comeback from Brett Farve and the Vikings. The Jets are fortunate to have escaped with a victory after failing to score a touchdown on all four of their red zone possessions. This had largely to do with ground and pound as the Jets stuck with the ground attack, rushing for 155 yards, with Ladanian Tomlinson accounting for 94 yards on 20 carries. The combination of Tomlinson and Greene wore out the Vikings stout defensive front and helped seal the victory for the Jets on a night where they struggled to find the exclamation point on their drives.