Jets Have a Rocky Mountain High

It was an ugly win, but it was the type of win that a good team gets. At 5-1, that is exactly what the Jets are, a good team.

This was not nearly as dramatic as returning an interception from the right arm of a future Hall of Fame quarterback for a game-winning touchdown… but it may turn out to be just as important.

Dwight Lowery was on the Invesco Field sod in the final seconds to help the Jets protect a four-point advantage against a pass-first, pass-last, pass-always old American Football League rival.

J.D. Walton snapped the ball wide left of Kyle Orton. Orton attempted to pick up the ball. Instead, he kicked it. Towards Lowery. Who, in a moment of instinct, fell on the ball.

Lowery's fumble recovery sealed the Jets' fifth consecutive win of the season, 24-20 over the Denver Broncos. Heading into their bye week, the Jets are tied with Pittsburgh and New England for the best record in the National Football League at 5-1. The mile-high win also pairs nicely with the team's unblemished 3-0 mark in the division.

But like their triumphs in Miami and at home against the Vikings, what transpired in Denver was more endurance than dominance. Against a team that cannot run the football – although Denver did manage a season best 145 rushing yards on Sunday afternoon- or stop the football, the Jets found themselves down 20-17 with 1:26 on the clock and facing a fourth-and-six from the Denver 48-yard line.

Mark Sanchez stepped up in the pocket, and then scrambled to his left before heaving the ball downfield towards Santonio Holmes. Who was pulled down by his jersey and facemask by a Broncos defensive back Renaldo Hill at the two-yard line, a play made directly in front of a referee. The ball landed on the ground as did the yellow penalty flag for pass interference. The Jets had more than a first down. They had life.

On the very next play, LaDainian Tomlinson followed Tony Richardson and plunged into the end zone for his second touchdown of the quarter—and what would turn out to be the game-winning score. Tomlinson led the Jets with 55 rushing yards and his two touchdowns give him five for the season. Shonn Green added 43 yards.

Mark Sanchez threw his first two picks of the season while going 17-of-30 passing for 198 yards and a 32-yard first quarter touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards. Nick Folk kicked a 56-yard field goal.

The NFL's leading passer, Orton, completed 14 passes—in 34 attempts—for 209 yards and a touchdown. First round pick Tim Tebow scored his first NFL touchdown, a five-yard run in the first quarter. Matt Prater made field goals of 59 and 48 yards.

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