Drew Coleman wrestled the ball away from Browns' wide out Chansi Stuckey and in doing so, wrestled the game from out of the jaws of defeat. Cleveland had marched into Jets' territory and faced a pivotal third and four from New York's 46 yard-line. Chansi Stuckey hauled in a 14-yard reception, twirling along the sideline but Coleman soared in and stripped the ball, keeping hope alive for Gang Green. The Jets captured the victory in the waning moments of overtime, as Santonio Holmes sliced and diced through Cleveland's exhausted secondary, galloping 37 yards for the game winning touchdown in the extra period.
The Jets opened the second half on a 19-play 65-yard drive, chewing up over 10 minutes on the clock. The mammoth drive fizzled out deep in Browns territory, courtesy of an acrobatic play by safety T.J. Ward. With New York facing a third and six from the Cleveland six yard-line, Sanchez rifled the ball to Dustin Keller in the end zone only to have Ward tumble over him and bat the ball incomplete. Inexcusably, Nick Folk clanked a 24-field goal off the right post, taking the wind out of the Jets' sails. An epic drive, filled with gaudy statistics, ended with a deflating missed chip shot and zero points on the board.
Entering Sunday's contest with New York, Cleveland had not allowed an opponent to score on their opening possession all season. Following a failed onside kick attempt, the Jets took over at the Cleveland 42-yardline. New York would drive to the nine yard-line, with Nick Folk connecting on a 27-yard field goal knotting the game at 3-3.
EXTRA BIG STAT
The Jets 17 first half points were the most tallied by a Cleveland opponent since October 25. 2009.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Nick Mangold bulldozed Browns' nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin, clearing the way Shonn Greene's two yard rumble on a critical fourth and one conversion. Mangold and the offensive line were persistent, dominating the Browns as the Jets rushed the ball a season high 45 times.
The Jets prefer a flare for the dramatic, as they triumphed 26-20 in overtime for the second consecutive week. Nick Folk, the Jets hero last week, missed three field goals in a brutal showing. Folk was reprieved in overtime, when Santonio Holmes broke free for a walk off, 37-yard touchdown dash. Sanchez, the comeback kid, and his heart-attack offense, struck again for yet another theatrical game winning drive. The Jets are now 7-2, following back to back exhilarating wins; Gang Green brings the show back home next Sunday against the Houston Texans.
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