Gang Green effectively ends it's playoff hopes with disappointing loss to undermanned Falcons
To paraphrase Brittany Spears: “Oops, we did it again.”
One more time, the New York Jets have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and will now find themselves on the outside looking in for the AFC playoff picture by losing another game that they should have easily won.
Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez threw three more interceptions (bringing his season total to 20 through 13 games played) as the Jets lost to an Atlanta team, 10-7. Atlanta was missing it's top rusher (Michael Turner, who left after a single carry) and was dealing with multiple injuries in it's defensive backfield, something that the Jets weren't able to take advantage of.
The running game, so often the reliable engine that makes this team run, sputtered badly. Thomas Jones, one of the Jet's brightest stars this season, managed to gain only 52 yards on 19 carries and the team garned just 99 net rushing yards as a whole.
The Defense, for the most part, did a commendable job holding in Matt Ryan and Co. Once more, cornerback Darrelle Revis cemented his reputation further as the NFL's best cover man by holding the Falcons' Roddy White to just 33 receiving yards on four catches. However, with the offense ineffectual (the lone highlight was the 65 yard catch and run touchdown by Braylon Edwards), the defense needed to be perfect and just wasn;t up to the job as tight end Tony Gonzalez got past Jets safety Kerry Rhodes to score a six yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Late season collapses are nothing new for Jets fans, of course, but this one stings just a bit more. After the season started in such a promising fashion, Sanchez endured growing pains and helped drag the offense down with him. The loss of run-stopper Kris Jenkins not even halfway through the season was huge as well.
Next up are the undefeated Indianapolis Colts and one cannot imagine them taking their foot off the gas pedal to be upset by the Jets. They seem to do what the contenders (and not the pretenders) do:
Beat the teams they are supposed to.
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Written by Frank Mazzola