2009 New York Jets season

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2009 New York Jets season
Head coach Rex Ryan
General manager Mike Tannenbaum
Owner Woody Johnson
Home field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Bengals) 24–14
Won Divisional Playoffs (Chargers) 17–14
Lost Conference Championship (Colts) 30–17
Pro Bowlers 5
AP All-Pros Nick Mangold (1st team)
Darrelle Revis (1st team)
David Harris (2nd team)
Timeline
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The 2009 New York Jets season was the 50th season for the club and the 40th season in the National Football League and the last season at Giants Stadium. While they did not improve their 9–7 record from 2008, this time the team headed to the playoffs. The Jets fired head coach Eric Mangini on December 29, 2008 and hired Rex Ryan from the Baltimore Ravens on January 18, 2009. The New York Jets were represented at the 2010 Pro Bowl by Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Shaun Ellis, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and Alan Faneca.

Offseason[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

The Jets on offense against the Bengals in the playoffs, January 2010

Head coach Eric Mangini was fired by the Jets on December 29, 2008.[1] The decision was made after the Jets fell from 8–3 and sole possession of first place in the AFC East with four losses in their last five games, causing them to miss a playoff berth. He finished his tenure as head coach with a 23–25 record including the playoffs.

At first, the Jets attempted to lure former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher out of retirement, with the possibility of Cowher gaining personnel decisions in addition to coaching.[2] Cowher ultimately decided to stay retired in 2009.[3] The Jets interviewed several candidates for their vacancy. In-house candidates included offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and offensive line coach Bill Callahan.[4] Other candidates interviewed were Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks,[5] New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo,[6] and Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski (who was subsequently fired from his position as a result of accepting the interview).[7]

The Jets eventually picked Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan as their head coach.[8] He accepted the position just hours after the Ravens' loss in the AFC Championship Game on January 18, and was introduced by the Jets on January 21.[9]

Signings[edit]

On February 27, the Jets signed former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Bart Scott to a six-year, $48 million deal.[10] On March 3, the Jets inked Jim Leonhard, former Ravens safety, to a three-year, $6 million deal.

Departures[edit]

After failing to come to terms on a contract extension, the Jets restructured the contract of wide receiver Laveranues Coles to allow him to immediately become an unrestricted free agent on February 25.[11] Though Coles admitted a chance he could re-sign with the Jets, he signed a four-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.[12] On March 4, former kicker Mike Nugent was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a one-year deal.[13]

Trades[edit]

On February 28, the Jets traded for cornerback Lito Sheppard of the Philadelphia Eagles, sending the Eagles a 2009 fifth-round draft pick and a 2010 conditional draft pick.[14] The pick can be as high as second and as low as fourth. Upon the trade, Sheppard received a four-year, $27.2 million contract extension.

On October 7, the Jets made a blockbuster deal with the Cleveland Browns to send Wide Receiver Braylon Edwards to the Jets for Wide Receiver Chansi Stuckey, Linebacker Jason Trusnik, and 2 draft picks.

2009 NFL Draft[edit]

The Jets were assigned the 17th selection in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Prior to the 2008 season, the Jets traded a conditional fourth round selection to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for quarterback Brett Favre; this became a third round selection because Favre took the majority of snaps for the Jets in 2008.[15] They gave their fifth round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Lito Sheppard trade.[14] They also received a third round selection from the New Orleans Saints in exchange for linebacker Jonathan Vilma.[16] Prior to the 2007 season, the Jets received a fourth round selection from the Washington Redskins in exchange for guard Pete Kendall; the pick was originally a 2008 fifth round selection that was upgraded due to Kendall's playing time in 2007.[17]

On draft day, the Jets traded their first and second-round picks, defensive end Kenyon Coleman, safety Abram Elam, and quarterback Brett Ratliff to the Cleveland Browns for their first round selection, the fifth overall.[18] The Jets used the selection to draft quarterback Mark Sanchez from the University of Southern California. The Jets also sent their third, fourth, and seventh-round selections to the Detroit Lions for the Lions' third-round pick, which was the first of the second day of the draft.[19] The Jets selected running back Shonn Greene of the University of Iowa with the pick.

Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Pick From
Round Choice
1 5 Mark Sanchez Quarterback 6'3" 225 USC Cleveland Browns
3 65 Shonn Greene Running Back 5'11" 227 Iowa Detroit Lions
6 193 Matt Slauson Guard 6'5" 316 Nebraska

Rosters[edit]

Opening training camp roster[edit]

New York Jets 2009 opening training camp roster
Quarterbacks'

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

80 Active, 0 Inactive

Week 1 roster[edit]

New York Jets 2009 week 1 roster
Quarterbacks'

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

53 Active, 3 Inactive, 8 PS

Final roster[edit]

New York Jets 2009 final roster
Quarterbacks'

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists


Practice Squad


Rookies in italics
Pro Bowlers in bold
53 Active, 4 Inactive, 8 PS

Schedule[edit]

The Jets' slate of regular season opponents was determined after the completion of the 2008 season. In addition to their traditional AFC East rivals, the team played opponents from the AFC South and NFC South divisions, and the third-place teams of the AFC West and AFC North, as determined by the NFL scheduling formula. Their schedule was released in full on April 14.[20] Game times and channels from weeks 11, 12, and 14–17 were subject to change per the NFL's flexible scheduling policy. Some controversy ensued over the placement of the Jets' first two home games, coinciding with the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. In response, the NFL moved the time of the game against the Tennessee Titans to 1:00 pm Eastern.[21] The Jets played a regular season game outside the United States for the first time when they played the Bills in Toronto; the game is the second in a five-year series of regular and preseason games the Bills are playing at the Rogers Centre.[22]

All games will be broadcast on 1050AM ESPN except for Week 13.

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (EDT) Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL.com Recap
Final score Team record
1 August 14 7:00 pm St. Louis Rams L 23–20 0–1 Giants Stadium WCBS Recap
2 August 24 8:00 pm at Baltimore Ravens L 24–23 0–2 M & T Bank Stadium ESPN / WWOR Recap
3 August 29 8:00 pm at New York Giants W 27–25 1–2 Giants Stadium WNBC Recap
4 September 3 7:00 pm Philadelphia Eagles W 38–27 2–2 Giants Stadium WCBS Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game Site TV NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 13 1:00 pm at Houston Texans W 24–7 1–0 Reliant Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 20 1:00 pm New England Patriots W 16–9 2–0 Giants Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 27 1:00 pma Tennessee Titans W 24–17 3–0 Giants Stadium CBS Recap
4 October 4 4:05 pm at New Orleans Saints L 24–10 3–1 Louisiana Superdome CBS Recap
5 October 12 8:30 pm at Miami Dolphins L 31–27 3–2 LandShark Stadium ESPN Recap
6 October 18 4:15 pm Buffalo Bills L 16–13 (OT) 3–3 Giants Stadium CBS Recap
7 October 25 4:05 pm at Oakland Raiders W 38–0 4–3 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum CBS Recap
8 November 1 1:00 pm Miami Dolphins L 30–25 4–4 Giants Stadium CBS Recap
9 Bye Week
10 November 15 1:00 pm Jacksonville Jaguars L 24–22 4–5 Giants Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 22 4:15 pm at New England Patriots L 14–31 4–6 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
12 November 29 1:00 pm Carolina Panthers W 17–6 5–6 Giants Stadium Fox Recap
13 December 3 8:20 pm at Buffalo Bills W 19–13 6–6 Rogers Centre, Toronto NFLN / WPIX Recap
14 December 13 1:00 pm at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 26–3 7–6 Raymond James Stadium CBS Recap
15 December 20 1:00 pm Atlanta Falcons L 10–7 7–7 Giants Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 27 4:15 pm at Indianapolis Colts W 29–15 8–7 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS Recap
17 January 3 8:20 pm Cincinnati Bengals W 37–0 9–7 Giants Stadium NBC Recap

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) New England Patriots 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 427 285 L1
(5) New York Jets 9 7 0 .563 2–4 7–5 348 236 W2
Miami Dolphins 7 9 0 .438 4–2 5–7 360 390 L3
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 258 326 W1

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Houston Texans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 7 7 7 24
Texans 0 0 0 7 7

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

The Jets began their season at Reliant Stadium for a Week 1 showdown with the Houston Texans. New York took off in the first quarter as kicker Jay Feely nailed a 24-yard field goal. In the second quarter, the Jets would increase their lead as rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez completed his first career touchdown pass as he connected with wide receiver Chansi Stuckey on a 30-yard pass. In the third quarter, New York continued their run as running back Thomas Jones got a 1-yard touchdown run. The Texans tried to rally in the fourth quarter as safety Dominique Barber returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown, but the Jets would end the game with Jones getting a 38-yard touchdown run.

With the win, not only did New York begin their season at 1–0, but Sanchez (18-of-31, 272 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) would become the 1st Jets rookie QB since Richard Todd in 1976 to win a game.

Week 2: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 3 6 0 0 9
Jets 0 3 10 3 16

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Coming off an impressive road win over the Texans, the Jets played their Week 2 home opener against their AFC East rival, the New England Patriots. In the week prior to the game, first-year Jets head coach Rex Ryan placed a phone message to all Jets season ticket holders asking them to "make it miserable for (Tom) Brady and company," following up on his comments during the off-season that he would not "kiss Bill Belichick's Super Bowl rings." He told the Jets fans that "the Patriots had a better head coach and a better quarterback," but that the game would decide "who has a better team." Meanwhile, Jets safety Kerry Rhodes said the Jets intended on not just winning, but "embarrassing" the Patriots in the game, while nose tackle Kris Jenkins called it the Jets' version of the Super Bowl; the Jets had not defeated the Patriots at home since 2000. On the first drive of the game, without an injured Wes Welker, the Patriots drove to the Jets' 36-yard line before having to punt. The Jets' first play from scrimmage was a strip-sack of rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez by defensive lineman Mike Wright; Sanchez recovered the fumble at the Jets' 3-yard line. On 4th-and-24, the Jets punted back to their own 49-yard line; the Patriots could not capitalize on the field position and went three-and-out. However, Jets running back Leon Washington fumbled on the next play; cornerback Leigh Bodden recovered it at the Jets' 17-yard line. Two holding penalties would push the Patriots back to the Jets' 37-yard line, setting up a 45-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal to give the Patriots a 3–0 lead. Following a Jets three-and-out, the Patriots moved to their own 41-yard line before Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis intercepted a pass intended for Randy Moss at the Jets' 16-yard line. The Jets offense would continue to struggle, however, going three-and-out again to end the first quarter. The Patriots began the second quarter with a 9-play, 53-yard drive, one that stalled at the Jets' 7-yard line; the Patriots settled for another Stephen Gostkowski field goal, extending their lead to 6–0. The Jets would pick up their initial first down of the game on their next possession, going 52 yards on 10 plays before a Jay Feely 33-yard field goal cut the Patriots' lead in half. Starting from their own 10-yard line after a holding penalty on Sam Aiken on the kickoff, the Patriots took nearly six minutes off the clock, reaching the Jets' 11-yard line before two incomplete passes by Brady prevented the Patriots scoring their first touchdown of the game. Instead, Gostkowski kicked his third field goal of the day to increase the Patriots' lead to 9–3 going into halftime. Receiving the opening kickoff of the second half due to their deferral of the opening coin toss, the Jets took the lead in barely a minute. Following a 43-yard kick return by Washington, Sanchez hit wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery for 45 yards and a play later connected with tight end Dustin Keller on a 9-yard touchdown pass. The 10–9 lead was the first for the Jets over the Patriots at home since 2001. After a Patriots three-and-out, punter Chris Hanson's 30-yard punt gave the Jets the ball at the Patriots' 45-yard line. From the Patriots' 6-yard line, Sanchez appeared to throw a touchdown pass to Chansi Stuckey, but the catch was overturned after the Patriots challenged. Two plays later, Feely hit his second field goal of the day to give the Jets a 13–9 lead. The Patriots' ensuing possession reached the Jets' 35-yard line on a third down, but back-to-back delay of game penalties on Tom Brady, an incomplete pass, and a face-mask penalty on Moss on the punt backed the Patriots up to their own 40-yard line. However, Hanson's subsequent attempt was better than the first, nullified by the penalty, and the Jets began their next drive from their own 15-yard line. On a 14-play, 63-yard drive that spanned into the fourth quarter, the Jets extended their lead to 16–9 on a 39-yard Feely field goal. The Patriots started their next drive from their own 15-yard line as well, but were unable to reach midfield before punting. A Jets three-and-out gave the Patriots another opportunity with five minutes remaining, but a Ben Watson holding penalty in the middle of the drive helped set up a 2nd-and-20 situation and eventually another punt. Just before the two-minute warning, Sanchez was sacked, but a penalty on BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the ensuing punt meant the Patriots had to start their last drive of the game from their own 10-yard line. After a Julian Edelman 18-yard reception began it, four straight in-completions ended the drive and the game. With the win, not only did the Jets improve to 2–0, but it also marked the first time that they defeated the Patriots at home since 2000. This also marked the first time that New England was held without a touchdown since December 10, 2006. Rex Ryan would become the first Jets rookie head coach since Al Groh to win their first two games.

Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 0 10 7 0 17
Jets 14 0 7 3 24

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

The Jets wore New York Titans throwback uniforms for an AFL Legacy Game with the Tennessee Titans, who wore 1960s Houston Oilers uniforms.

New York would take flight in the first quarter with rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez getting a 14-yard touchdown run. And later in the first he completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ben Hartsock. The Titans would answer in the second quarter with running back LenDale White's 5-yard touchdown run and kicker Rob Bironas' 38-yard field goal. This made the score 14–10 with the Jets leading.

Tennessee would take the lead in the third quarter with quarterback Kerry Collins' 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nate Washington, yet the Jets came right back with Sanchez's 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. In the fourth quarter, New York would add onto their lead with a 30-yard field goal from kicker Jay Feely. Afterwards, the defense would prevent any possible comeback attempts from the Titans.

With the win, not only did the Jets improve to 3–0, but Sanchez (17-of-30, 171 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) would become the first rookie quarterback since the AFL–NFL merger of 1970 to win their first three games. Also, this marked the first time since 2004 that New York began a season at 3–0.

Week 4: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 3 7 0 10
Saints 3 14 0 7 24

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Coming off their home win over the Titans, the Jets flew to the Louisiana Superdome for a Week 4 interconference duel with the New Orleans Saints. New York would find themselves struggling early with Saints kicker John Carney making a 34-yard field goal. New Orleans would take command in the second quarter with safety Darren Sharper returning an interception 99 yards for a touchdown, followed by rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez fumbling the ball in his own endzone (due to a sack by defensive end Will Smith), which was recovered by defensive tackle Remi Ayodele for a touchdown. The Jets would close out the half with a 38-yard field goal from kicker Jay Feely.

New York tried to make a comeback run as running back Thomas Jones got a 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but the Saints sealed the victory with running back Pierre Thomas' 1-yard touchdown run and a stiff defensive effort.

With the loss, the Jets fell to 3–1.

Week 5: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 7 6 0 14 27
Dolphins 10 0 0 21 31

at Land Shark Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Hoping to rebound from their road loss to the Saints, the Jets flew to Land Shark Stadium for a Week 5 Monday Night duel with their AFC East rival, the Miami Dolphins. New York immediately trailed as the Dolphins took the game's opening drive and capped it off with a 1-yard touchdown run from running Ronnie Brown. The Jets immediately responded with rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez completing a 3-yard touchdown pass to newly acquired wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Afterwards, Miami closed out the opening quarter with a 35-yard field goal from kicker Dan Carpenter. In the second quarter, New York took the lead as kicker Jay Feely got a 40-yard and a 43-yard field goal.

After a scoreless third quarter, both the Jets and the Dolphins would get involved in a back-and-forth fourth quarter. Miami opened up the period with quarterback Chad Henne hooking up with tight end Anthony Fasano on a 2-yard touchdown pass, while New York got a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Thomas Jones. The Dolphins would immediately respond as Henne threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr., but Jones came through again with a 3-yard touchdown run. Late in the game, Miami managed to crack through the Jets' defense as Brown got a 2-yard touchdown run. New York tried to rally, but Sanchez's last-second hail mary pass was knocked away.

With the loss, the Jets fell to 3–2.

Week 6: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Bills 3 0 10 0 3 16
Jets 3 10 0 0 0 13

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Hoping to snap a two-game losing streak, the Jets went home for a Week 6 AFC East duel with the Buffalo Bills. Both teams began the first quarter with field goals, as Bills kicker Rian Lindell made a 33-yard field goal and Jets kicker Jay Feely getting a 23-yard field goal. In the second quarter, New York soared into the lead with Feely's 41-yard field goal and running back Thomas Jones' 71-yard touchdown run. However, Buffalo rallied to tie the game in the third quarter with Lindell's 25-yard field goal and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's 37-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Lee Evans. After both teams failed to get any point in the fourth quarter, the game went into overtime. Despite getting the ball to start off OT, the Jets failed to get any point out of their opening drive. After a hard-fought period, the Bills would emerge on top as Lindell booted the game-winning 47-yard field goal.

With the loss, New York fell to 3–3.

Thomas Jones would have a career day as he ran 22 times for a franchise-best 210 yards (in addition to his rushing touchdown).

Week 7: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 14 10 7 7 38
Raiders 0 0 0 0 0

at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California

Hoping to snap a three-game losing streak, the Jets flew to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, donned their throwbacks, and played a Week 7 AFL Legacy game with the Oakland Raiders. New York took flight in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Thomas Jones and a 3-yard touchdown run from rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Jets would increase their lead in the second quarter with rookie running back Shonn Greene getting an 8-yard touchdown run, followed by kicker Jay Feely booting a 39-yard field goal. Afterwards, New York would pull away with Sanchez's 35-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver David Clowney in the third quarter and Greene's 33-yard touchdown run in the fourth.

With the win, the Jets improved to 4–3.

Week 8: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 3 21 6 30
Jets 0 3 16 6 25

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Coming off their shutout road win over the Raiders, the Jets went home, donned their white New York Titans uniforms again, and played a Week 8 divisional rematch with the Miami Dolphins. After a scoreless first quarter, New York and Miami exchanged field goals, with Jets kicker Jay Feely making a 23-yard field goal, followed by Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter getting a 48-yard field goal.

In a back-and-forth third quarter, New York began the scoring with Feely making a 55-yard field goal. Miami immediately answered with wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr. returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, followed by linebacker Jason Taylor returning a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown. The Jets replied with rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez getting a 1-yard touchdown run, but the Dolphins came back as Ginn, Jr. returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown. New York closed out the period with Sanchez hooking up with wide receiver Braylon Edwards on a 19-yard touchdown pass (with a failed two-point conversion). In the fourth quarter, Miami struck again as quarterback Chad Henne found tight end Joey Haynos on a 5-yard touchdown pass (with a failed two-point conversion). The Jets tried to rally as Sanchez completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dustin Keller (with another two-point conversion), but New York's rally fell short.

With the loss, New York went into their bye week at 4–4.

Week 10: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 7 14 0 3 24
Jets 10 3 0 9 22

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Coming off their bye week, the Jets stayed at home for a Week 10 duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. New York would trail early in the first quarter with running back Maurice Jones-Drew's 33-yard touchdown run. The Jets would respond with kicker Jay Feely getting a 32-yard field goal, followed by rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez completing a 7-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. In the second quarter, Jacksonville would take the lead as quarterback David Garrard got an 11-yard touchdown run and completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker. New York would close out the half as Feely made a 37-yard field goal.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Jets would regain the lead in the fourth quarter with a 40-yard field goal from Feely and a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Thomas Jones (with a failed 2-point conversion). However, the Jaguars got the last laugh as kicker Josh Scobee booted the game-winning 21-yard field goal.

With the loss, New York fell to 4–5.

Week 11: at New England Patriots[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 7 7 0 14
Patriots 14 10 0 7 31

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Trying to avoid three straight losses, the Jets flew to Gillette Stadium for a Week 11 AFC East rematch with the New England Patriots. In the first quarter, New York struggled early on both sides of the field as Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown, followed by quarterback Tom Brady completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Randy Moss. In the second quarter, the Jets continued to trail as running back Laurence Maroney got a 2-yard touchdown run, while kicker Stephen Gostkowski made a 26-yard field goal. New York would close out the half with wide receiver Brad Smith returning a blocked punt 4 yards for a touchdown.

In the third quarter, the Jets tried to come back as quarterback Mark Sanchez threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, but New England would pull away in the fourth quarter with Maroney's 1-yard touchdown run.

With the loss, the Jets fell to 4–6.

Week 12: vs. Carolina Panthers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 3 0 3 6
Jets 7 7 0 3 17

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Trying to snap a three-game losing streak, the Jets went home for a Week 12 interconference duel with the Carolina Panthers. New York would take off in the first quarter as cornerback Darrelle Revis returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown. The Panthers would get on the board as kicker John Kasay made a 40-yard field goal, yet the Jets would answer with a 3-yard touchdown run from running back Thomas Jones. After a scoreless third quarter, Carolina tried to rally in the fourth quarter with Kasay nailing a 28-yard field goal. Afterwards, New York would pull away as kicker Jay Feely booted a 47-yard field goal.

With the win, the Jets improved to 5–6.

Week 13: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 13 0 3 19
Bills 3 7 0 3 13

at Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene combined for 168 yards rushing, as the New York Jets compiled 249 total yards on the ground to top the Buffalo Bills, 19–13, at Rogers Centre. Mark Sanchez passed for 104 yards and a score on 7-of-15 passing before injuring his right knee on a head- first dive in the third quarter. Braylon Edwards had three catches for 45 yards and a score, while Jerricho Cotchery had four receptions for 68 yards in the win. Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled to complete passes, throwing for just 98 yards and an interception on 9-of-23 efficiency for the Bills, who have lost four of five to effectively end any slim playoff hopes the team had. Marshawn Lynch ran six times for 60 yards and a touchdown, while Fred Jackson had 13 rushes for 31 yards.

With the win, the Jets improved to 6–6.

Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 6 13 0 7 26
Buccaneers 0 0 3 0 3

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Week 15: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 3 0 0 7 10
Jets 7 0 0 0 7

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Week 16: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 3 15 11 29
Colts 6 3 6 0 15

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

With the win, the Jets ended the Colts' perfect season run, and also ended their 23–game regular season winning streak. The Jets were able to capitalize on the Colts' decision to bench quarterback Peyton Manning to avoid injury given they had already made the playoffs. The Jets improved their playoff chances greatly by moving to 8–7 on the season. Having beaten the 10–0 Titans the previous season, the Jets thus became the first NFL team to beat the final undefeated team in consecutive seasons since the 1960 and 1961 St. Louis Cardinals.[38]

Week 17: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 0 0 0 0
Jets 7 20 3 7 37

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
WC January 9 4:30 pm at Cincinnati Bengals W 24–14 1–0 Paul Brown Stadium NBC [1]
DIV January 17 4:40 pm at San Diego Chargers W 17–14 2–0 Qualcomm Stadium CBS [2]
CONF January 24 3:00 pm at Indianapolis Colts L 30–17 2–1 Lucas Oil Stadium CBS [3]

AFC Wild Card Game: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 14 7 3 24
Bengals 7 0 0 7 14

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Entering the playoffs as the AFC's No. 5 seed, the Jets began their playoff run at Paul Brown Stadium in the AFC Wild Card game against the No. 4 Cincinnati Bengals, in a rematch of their dominating Week 17 game.

New York would trail in the first quarter as Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to former Jets wide recevier Laveranues Coles. New York would respond in the second quarter with a 39-yard touchdown run from rookie running back Shonn Greene, followed by rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez hooking up with tight end Dustin Keller on a 45-yard touchdown pass.

The Jets would add onto their lead in the third quarter with a 9-yard touchdown run from running back Thomas Jones. Cincinnati would begin to rally in the fourth quarter as running back Cedric Benson got a 47-yard touchdown run, yet New York came right back as kicker Jay Feely nailed a 20-yard field goal.

With the win, not only did the Jets improve their overall record to 10–7, but rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez and rookie head coach Rex Ryan picked up their first postseason win.

AFC Divisional Round: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 0 3 14 17
Chargers 0 7 0 7 14

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Coming off their impressive road win over the Bengals, the Jets flew to Qualcomm Stadium for the AFC Divisional Round against the No. 2 San Diego Chargers. After a scoreless first quarter, New York would trail in the second quarter as Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to fullback Kris Wilson. New York would answer in the third quarter with kicker Jay Feely making a 46-yard field goal. Then, the Jets would take the lead in the fourth quarter as rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez completed a 2-yard touchdown to tight end Dustin Keller, followed by rookie running back Shonn Greene busting for a 53-yard touchdown run. San Diego tried to rally as quarterback Philip Rivers ran in for a 1-yard touchdown run, yet New York recovered the onside kick for the win.

With the win, not only did the Jets improve their overall record to 11–7, but they advanced to their first AFC Championship Game since 1998. They also won consecutive playoff games for the first time since 1982.

Sanchez (12 of 23 for 100 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT) would join Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to win two playoff games.

AFC Championship Game: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 17 0 0 17
Colts 0 13 7 10 30

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Coming off their divisional road win over the Chargers, the Jets flew to Lucas Oil Stadium for the AFC Championship Game against the top-seeded Indianapolis Colts. After a scoreless first quarter, New York would trail to begin the second quarter as Colts kicker Matt Stover made a 25-yard field goal. The Jets would immediately respond as rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez hooked up with wide receiver Braylon Edwards on an 80-yard touchdown pass. Indianapolis would chip away at New York's lead as Stover got a 19-yard field goal, yet the Jets struck again with Sanchez finding tight end Dustin Keller on a 9-yard touchdown pass, followed by kicker Jay Feely's 48-yard field goal. However, the Colts continued their assault as quarterback Peyton Manning completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Austin Collie.

Indianapolis would take the lead in the third quarter with Manning completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Pierre Garçon, followed by Manning's 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Clark in the fourth quarter. Afterwards, the Colts would pull away as Stover booted a 21-yard field goal.

With the loss, New York's season would come to an end with an overall record of 11–8.

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