NFL Game Summary - NY Jets at Cleveland|
(Sunday, November 14th)
Final Score: NY Jets 26, Cleveland 20 (OT)
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes for a 37-
yard touchdown with 16 seconds left in overtime to lift the New York Jets
over Cleveland, 26-20.
The contest appeared to be headed for the first tie in the NFL since the
Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals ended in a 13-all deadlock nearly
two years ago, but the Jets received the football on the Browns' 37 after a
modest punt return by Jim Leonhard.
On the first play of the series, Sanchez dropped back and found Holmes, who
broke free over the middle and raced the remainder of the way down the left
sideline for the deciding score.
"You talk about how resilient this football team is -- that's two wins in a
row on the road, in overtime," said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. "And that's
about as tough as it gets, but we found ways to get it done right there at the
Sanchez finished 27-of-44 for 299 yards, two touchdowns and an interception
for the Jets (7-2), who played back-to-back overtime games for the first time
since 2003 and avoided their first tie since 1988.
Holmes ended with 76 yards on five catches and Shonn Greene posted 72 yards on
20 carries for New York, which posted a 23-20 overtime win at Detroit last
Colt McCoy wound up throwing for 205 yards and a score on 18-of-31 passing for
the Browns (3-6), who haven't won an OT contest since a 33-30 decision at
Baltimore on November 18, 2006.
Peyton Hillis added 82 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries for Cleveland,
which had won two in a row including a 34-14 drubbing of New England last
"What I told the players was how I feel. We made some mistakes and put
ourselves in some holes but that being said, I'm proud of the way they
fought," said Browns head coach Eric Mangini, who failed to beat one of his
former employers for the second straight week. Mangini had been head coach
of the Jets from 2006-08 and also served as a coach there in the late 1990s.
"I salute the way they dealt with difficult situations."
On the Browns' first drive of overtime, Chansi Stuckey had the ball ripped
away in Jets territory and New York set up on its own 36. Nick Folk then
missed a 47-yard attempt wide right with 4:51 left in OT, his third miss
of the contest in five attempts.
Cleveland failed to move the ball past midfield, and after a punt, the Jets
started from their own nine with 3:06 to go. New York faced a 3rd-and-14 from
its own 46 with 1:46 left and Sanchez threw deep for Braylon Edwards, but Joe
Haden came down with the ball at the Browns' three.
The Browns didn't move the ball on that series, and it proved costly when the
Jets won the game on their next offensive play.
"This was an easy game to lose," Sanchez admitted. "One mistake could've lost
it for us. But we were resilient for another week."
Phil Dawson hit a 34-yard field goal to complete Cleveland's first drive of
the contest. His onside kick went out of bounds untouched just after the 10-
yard limit, and the Jets took over on the Browns' 42. Folk capped the drive
with a 27-yard field goal.
Hillis fumbled at his own 31 on the Browns' next drive and New York took over
there, but the Jets stalled and Folk's 48-yard attempt sailed wide right.
The Browns responded with a 61-yard drive ending with Hillis' 12-yard TD run
for a 10-3 game, but the Jets struck back to tie on a 25-yard connection
between Sanchez and Jerricho Cotchery inside the four-minute mark of the
Helped by a 37-yard catch-and-run by Josh Cribbs to the Jets' five, Cleveland
took a 13-10 lead on the following drive when Dawson booted a 23-yarder.
New York then moved ahead 17-13 with 23 seconds left in the half when Sanchez
capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive with a one-yard plunge.
The Jets took the second-half kick and worked 19 plays over 10-plus minutes,
but failed to add to their lead when Folk clanked a 24-yarder off the right
The Browns failed to convert on their two possessions in the quarter.
Folk managed to redeem himself with a 25-yard make to put the Jets ahead by a
20-13 count with 2:42 remaining, ending a 56-yard, 13-play march, but the
Browns had a comeback in store.
McCoy found Mohamed Massaquoi for a three-yard scoring strike with 44 seconds
to go, and Dawson's extra point forged a 20-20 deadlock.
"Obviously, it's frustrating, it's not what you want but there are a lot of
things you can learn," McCoy said of the loss. "We play to win, that's the
goal. Just to hang in there and fight, was huge...that two-minute drill to go
back and tie the game, we had to take advantage of it and did."
New York racked up 456 yards of total offense to 303 for Cleveland...Cotchery
finished with 43 yards on three catches...Cleveland had won four of the last
five meetings coming in and despite the loss, has taken 12 of the 20 total
matchups since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger...The Jets split those 2003 OT games,
losing at home to the Giants (November 2) and winning in Oakland
(November 9)...Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown left the game late in the first
quarter and did not return after suffering an apparent shoulder injury.
11/14 18:47:40 ET