NFL Game Summary - NY Jets at Denver|
(Thursday, November 17th)
Final Score: Denver 17, NY Jets 13
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Tim Tebow's 20-yard touchdown run in the final
minute of the game gave the Denver Broncos a 17-13 comeback victory over the
New York Jets.
Tebow completed just 9-of-20 passes for 104 yards and added eight rushes for
68 yards, but led a 95-yard drive in the closing minutes for the decisive
"When we were in the huddle, we were talking about how we want opportunities
like this because this is an opportunity for greatness as an offense," Tebow
said about the final drive. "We haven't done anything the whole game, but we
have an opportunity to do something and let's go out there and do it."
Denver (5-5), which won its third straight game, now sits a 1/2 game back of
the AFC West leading Oakland Raiders. Oakland will play the Minnesota Vikings
on Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers are also in the hunt
for the division lead with 4-5 records.
Mark Sanchez threw for 252 yards on 24-of-40 passing for the Jets (5-5), but
also had an interception returned for a touchdown.
Shonn Greene recorded three carries for 10 yards before leaving the game in
the first quarter with a rib injury. Joe McKnight carried the ball 16 times
for 59 yards in relief.
McKnight also caught six passes for 62 yards.
Trailing 13-10 with 5:54 left on the clock, Denver started a drive at its own
Tebow hit Eddie Royal on the first play of the drive with a pass that Royal
caught in his own end zone, but he made a defender miss before running for an
Tebow kept the ball on the next play and ran down the left sideline for
a 15-yard gain.
Faced with a 3rd-and-1 at the Broncos' 37, Tebow took a snap from the shotgun
and ran up the middle for nine yards to move past midfield. He later hit Dante
Rosario for a sliding 18-yard catch to get into range for a game-tying field
But after two short gains, the Jets loaded the line of scrimmage and brought a
blitz up the middle. Tebow immediately raced to his left and fought off an arm
tackle at the five-yard line before crossing the plane for the game-winning
score with 58 seconds left in regulation.
"We knew he was going to keep it there in that situation," Jets head coach Rex
Ryan said about Tebow. "The kid's a competitor and makes big plays with the
game on the line."
New York then drove to the Denver 44, but Sanchez's Hail Mary attempt as time
expired fell to the ground at the one to seal the win for Denver.
Tebow opened the game with a 28-yard pass down the left sideline to Demaryius
Thomas and the Broncos drove down to the Jets' 21, but Willis McGahee was
stuffed for a loss on a 4th-and-1 attempt, turning the ball over on downs.
New York was then held to a three-and-out and T.J. Conley's punt went just
13 yards to give Denver the ball at the Jets' 34-yard line.
The Broncos managed just one first down, though, and had to settle for a 37-
yard field goal from Matt Prater.
After the Jets' Nick Folk missed a 52-yard field goal wide to the left late in
the first quarter, a McGahee fumble was recovered by the Jets and returned to
the Denver 35.
The drive stalled inside the Broncos' 10 and Folk split the uprights from 21
yards out to knot the game at three early in the second quarter.
Folk missed a 61-yard field goal as time expired in the half to keep it a 3-3
game at the break.
New York opened the second half with an 80-yard drive for the game's first
touchdown. Sanchez hit Plaxico Burress for a 30-yard gain to start the drive
and Burress pulled in two more grabs for 22 yards on the march before
offensive lineman Matt Slausen recovered a McKnight fumble at the goal line
and fell into the end zone.
After trading punts, the Jets started a drive at their own 21. On third
down, Andre' Goodman jumped in front of a Sanchez pass and raced 26 yards down
the field for a touchdown to tie the game at 10 with 4:25 to go in the third.
New York later took over on offense with 14:48 to go in the fourth at its own
31. McKnight opened the drive with an 11-yard run before converting a 3rd-
and-9 with a 14-yard screen pass to move the ball to the Denver 31. But the
Jets could not get another first down and Folk snuck a 45-yard kick by the
right upright to put New York ahead 13-10 with less than 10 minutes on the
The Broncos' Elvis Dumerville and Von Miller each had 1 1/2 sacks. It was the
third straight game they have both recorded at least one sack...Miller now
needs 1 1/2 sacks to surpass Mike Croel's Denver rookie record of 10 set in
1991...Denver leads the all-time series between the teams 17-15-1...Denver
recorded 11 first downs in the game, while New York had 22.
11/18 02:14:21 ET