Jets Top 5 Moments of the 2012 Season

There weren't many bright moments throughout the course of the 2012 season, but Green and White Report takes a look at the top 5 that brought Jets fans to their feet.

1. Jets 48-point outburst on opening day

Following a four-game preseason slate that produced just one touchdown, Gang Green exploded in its home opener slicing and dicing the Buffalo Bills sending the MetLife Stadium crowd into a frenzy. Unfortunately New York's offensive fireworks were not a harbinger of more good things to come.

2. New York escapes Miami with thrilling OT win

The Dolphins were ready to put the stake in Rex Ryan and company, but placekicker Dan Carpenter missed two field goals, one late in the fourth quarter and the other in the extra session to leave the door open for the Jets. Miami's head coach Joe Philbin attempted to ice Jets kicker Nick Folk, but instead negated a blocked field goal, giving Gang Green second life. Folk would convert his second attempt sending the Jets to a dramatic victory.

3. Greene's career day against Colts

After struggling to get their ground and pound moving in early season action, the Jets broke out in a big way in Week 6 against the Indianapolis Colts. Shonn Greene barreled through Indianapolis' diminutive defensive front for 161 rushing yards and three touchdowns, both career highs en route to a dominating 35-9 victory. New York's rushing attack enjoyed resurgence, even if it was for only one week.

4. Parting shot for Schottenheimer

The Jets clashed with St. Louis in Week 11 looking to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was stymied by Ryan's defense that limited the Rams to just 13 points and forced three turnovers. Jets fans were delighted to see the former offensive scapegoat fall in such devastating fashion.

5. McElroy's comeback win over Arizona

In the midst of a hellish outing, quarterback Mark Sanchez was pulled in favor of third-stringer Greg McElroy. New York's offense was listless for two and a half quarters before McElroy marched the Jets 66 yards on 10 plays capped by a one yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland. The Jets squeaked by the Cardinals, but Sanchez's benching representing the beginning of the end for the former franchise signal-caller.


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