2010 New York Jets season

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2010 New York Jets season
Head coach Rex Ryan
General manager Mike Tannenbaum
Owner Woody Johnson
Home field New Meadowlands Stadium
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd AFC East
Playoff finish Won AFC Wild Card Playoffs (Colts) 17–16
Won AFC Divisional Playoffs (Patriots) 28–21
Lost AFC Championship Game Playoffs (Steelers) 24–19
Pro Bowlers 60 D'Brickashaw Ferguson OT
74 Nick Mangold C
24 Darrelle Revis CB
Timeline
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The 2010 New York Jets season was the franchise's 41st season in the National Football League, the 51st season overall and the team's first season at New Meadowlands Stadium. The team improved on their 9–7 record from 2009 and reached the playoffs again. The Jets played their first pre-season game home against the New York Giants to open up Meadowlands Stadium. Many considered them AFC East favorites; head coach Rex Ryan went so far as to guarantee a Super Bowl victory.[1][2] Jets broke a team record with a franchise best 6 consecutive wins on the road with a win against the Lions, followed by a win against the Browns in week 10. In the same victory against the Browns, the Jets became the first team in NFL history to win back-to-back road games in overtime. The Jets were the last NFL team to be undefeated on the road, before suffering a 45–3 loss at the New England Patriots in Week 13. The Jets met the Patriots again five weeks later in the AFC Divisional Round back in Foxboro where New York defeated New England 28–21. The following week, the Jets lost 24–19 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship.

Offseason[edit]

Acquisitions[edit]

Departures[edit]

Free agents[edit]

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed/released 2010 team Notes
QB Kellen Clemens RFA April 13, 2010 New York Jets [55]
CB Drew Coleman RFA April 14, 2010 New York Jets [56]
LS James Dearth UFA September 15, 2010 San Diego Chargers [57]
DE Marques Douglas UFA
WR Braylon Edwards RFA March 22, 2010 New York Jets [58]
G Alan Faneca Released April 24, 2010 Arizona Cardinals [59]
K Jay Feely UFA April 2, 2010 Arizona Cardinals [60]
LB Ryan Fowler UFA
DT Howard Green RFA October 27, 2010 Green Bay Packers [61]
TE Ben Hartsock UFA March 8, 2010 New York Jets [62]
OT Wayne Hunter RFA March 23, 2010 New York Jets [63]
S James Ihedigbo RFA March 22, 2010 New York Jets
LB Larry Izzo UFA
RB Thomas Jones Released March 9, 2010 Kansas City Chiefs [64]
CB Justin Miller Released November 28, 2009
LB Marques Murrell RFA
FB Tony Richardson UFA September 6, 2010 New York Jets [65]
CB Lito Sheppard Released April 21, 2010 Minnesota Vikings [66]
S Eric Smith RFA March 18, 2010 New York Jets [67]
WR Brad Smith RFA March 22, 2010 New York Jets [68]
WR Wallace Wright RFA March 8, 2010 Carolina Panthers [69]
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent.
New York Jets Free Agents via ESPN.[70]

Contract extensions[edit]

  • On July 7, 2010, D'Brickashaw Ferguson signed a five-year contract extension with the option of a sixth year being picked up.[71]
  • On July 30, 2010, the team announced that head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum both received contract extensions through 2014.[72]
  • On August 8, 2010, special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff received a one-year contract extension.[73] Westhoff will remain with the team through 2011 and barring any setbacks will retire following the 2011 season.[73]
  • On August 24, 2010, center Nick Mangold signed a seven year, $55 million contract extension with $22.5 million in guarantees.[74] By signing the extension, Mangold became the highest paid center in the National Football League at the time.[74]
  • On September 5, 2010, head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson visited cornerback Darrelle Revis at his Florida home.[75] Revis, who had been disgruntled over a contract dispute with the team, agreed in principle to sign a four-year $46 million contract with $32 million guaranteed.[75] The team announced the signing on September 6.[75]

Trades[edit]

To Jets[edit]

From Jets[edit]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2010 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Notes
RD PK
1 29 (29) Kyle Wilson Cornerback 5'10" 194 lbs. (88 kg.) Boise State University Signed a five-year $13 million contract on July 31, 2010.[80]
2 29 (61) Vladimir Ducasse Offensive tackle 6'4" 332 lbs. (151 kg.) University of Massachusetts Amherst Signed a four-year contract on July 7, 2010.[81]
3 29 (92) Traded to Cleveland Browns along with WR Chansi Stuckey and LB Jason Trusnik for WR Braylon Edwards.
4 14 (112) Joe McKnight Running Back 6'0" 198 lbs. (86 kg.) University of Southern California From Carolina Panthers for 124 and 198 overall picks. Signed a four contract on June 22, 2010.[82][83]
26 (124) From Arizona Cardinals for Kerry Rhodes then traded to Carolina Panthers for the 112 overall pick.
29 (127) Traded to Philadelphia Eagles for CB Lito Sheppard
5 8 (139) John Conner Fullback 5'11" 246 lbs. (112 kg.) University of Kentucky From Seattle Seahawks for Leon Washington and the 236 overall pick. Signed a four contract on June 4, 2010.[84][85]
24 (155) From Philadelphia Eagles for Lito Sheppard then traded to Pittsburgh Steelers for Santonio Holmes.
29 (160) Traded to Cleveland Browns along with WR Chansi Stuckey and LB Jason Trusnik for WR Braylon Edwards.
6 29 (198) Traded to Carolina Panthers for the 112 overall pick.
7 29 (236) Traded to Seattle Seahawks along with Leon Washington for the 139 overall pick.

Final roster[edit]

2010 New York Jets 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
53 Active, 18 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (EDT) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 16 8:00 pm New York Giants L 16–31 0–1 New Meadowlands Stadium ESPN Recap
2 August 21 8:00 pm at Carolina Panthers W 9–3 1–1 Bank of America Stadium WCBS Recap
3 August 27 7:00 pm Washington Redskins L 11–16 1–2 New Meadowlands Stadium WCBS Recap
4 September 2 7:30 pm at Philadelphia Eagles W 21–17 2–2 Lincoln Financial Field WCBS Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 13 7:00 pm Baltimore Ravens L 9–10 0–1 New Meadowlands Stadium ESPN Recap
2 September 19 4:15 pm New England Patriots W 28–14 1–1 New Meadowlands Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 26 8:20 pm at Miami Dolphins W 31–23 2–1 Sun Life Stadium NBC Recap
4 October 3 1:00 pm at Buffalo Bills W 38–14 3–1 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 11 8:30 pm Minnesota Vikings W 29–20 4–1 New Meadowlands Stadium ESPN Recap
6 October 17 4:05 pm at Denver Broncos W 24–20 5–1 INVESCO Field at Mile High CBS Recap
7 Bye
8 October 31 1:00 pm Green Bay Packers L 0–9 5–2 New Meadowlands Stadium Fox Recap
9 November 7 1:00 pm at Detroit Lions W 23–20 (OT) 6–2 Ford Field CBS Recap
10 November 14 1:00 pm at Cleveland Browns W 26–20 (OT) 7–2 Cleveland Browns Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 21 1:00 pm Houston Texans W 30–27 8–2 New Meadowlands Stadium CBS Recap
12 November 25 8:20 pm Cincinnati Bengals W 26–10 9–2 New Meadowlands Stadium NFLN / WPIX Recap
13 December 6 8:30 pm at New England Patriots L 3–45 9–3 Gillette Stadium ESPN Recap
14 December 12 4:15 pm Miami Dolphins L 6–10 9–4 New Meadowlands Stadium CBS Recap
15 December 19 4:15 pm at Pittsburgh Steelers W 22–17 10–4 Heinz Field CBS Recap
16 December 26 1:00 pm at Chicago Bears L 34–38 10–5 Soldier Field CBS Recap
17 January 2 1:00 pm Buffalo Bills W 38–7 11–5 New Meadowlands Stadium CBS Recap

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (ET) Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
WC January 8 8:00 pm at Indianapolis Colts W 17–16 1–0 Lucas Oil Stadium NBC Recap
DIV January 16 4:30 pm at New England Patriots W 28–21 2–0 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
CONF January 23 6:30 pm at Pittsburgh Steelers L 19–24 2–1 Heinz Field CBS Recap
 #  Games played with white uniforms.
 #  Games played with color uniforms.

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) New England Patriots 14 2 0 .875 5–1 10–2 518 313 W8
(6) New York Jets 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 367 304 W1
Miami Dolphins 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 275 332 L3
Buffalo Bills 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 283 425 L2

Regular Season Game Summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week 1: Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 7 3 0 10
Jets 3 3 0 3 9

at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
1st quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 23-yard field goal, Jets 3–0, Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 1:36.
2nd quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 28-yard field goal, Jets 6–0, Drive: 5 plays, 27 yards, 3:23.
  • BAL – Willis McGahee 1-yard run (Billy Cundiff kick), Ravens 7–6, Drive: 11 plays, 76 yards, 4:03.
3rd quarter
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 25-yard field goal, Ravens 10–6, Drive: 9 plays, 85 yards, 4:30.
4th quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 48-yard field goal, Ravens 10–9, Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 1:30.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Jets began their season at home for an AFC duel with the Baltimore Ravens. In the first quarter, the Jets took the early lead with kicker Nick Folk hitting a 23-yard field goal. Then he nailed a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter to bring the Jets up 6–0. After that, the Ravens replied and took the lead when RB Willis McGahee completed a 1-yard TD run. The Ravens extended their lead in the third quarter when kicker Billy Cundiff got a 25-yard field goal. The Jets cut the lead in the fourth quarter with Folk making a 48-yard field goal, but it wasn't enough, giving the Jets a loss.

With the close loss, the Jets began at 0–1.

Week 2: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week 2: New England Patriots at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 14 0 0 14
Jets 0 10 11 7 28

at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • NE – Wes Welker 6-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), Patriots 7–0, Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 8:10.
  • NYJ – Braylon Edwards 10-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 12 plays, 77 yards, 6:55.
  • NE – Randy Moss 34-yard pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick), Patriots 14–7, Drive: 4 plays, 80 yards, 0:48.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 49-yard field goal, Patriots 14–10, Drive: 7 plays, 49 yards, 0:53.
3rd quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 36-yard field goal, Patriots 14–13, Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 4:47.
  • NYJ – Jerricho Cotchery 2-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Mark Sanchez – Braylon Edwards pass), Jets 20–14, Drive: 6 plays, 70 yards, 3:02.
4th quarter
  • NYJ – Dustin Keller 1-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Jets 28–14, Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 4:59.
Top passers
  • NE – Tom Brady – 20/36, 248 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez – 21/30, 220 yards, 3 touchdowns
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Jets started slow by accruing no passing yards during the first quarter, but the Patriots went down the field in two long drives taking up most of the time in the first half. In the second quarter, the Patriots took the early lead as quarterback Tom Brady completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Wes Welker, but the Jets replied with quarterback Mark Sanchez completing a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The Patriots scored again with Brady finding wide receiver Randy Moss on a 34-yard touchdown pass. The Jets narrowed the Patriots' lead when kicker Nick Folk nailed a 49-yard field goal, followed by him making a 36-yard field goad in the third quarter. The Jets got the lead when Sanchez completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (with a successful 2-point conversion). The Jets extended their lead in the fourth quarter when Sanchez making a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dustin Keller.

With the win, the Jets improved to 1–1.

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week 3: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 7 7 7 10 31
Dolphins 0 10 10 3 23

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • NYJ – Dustin Keller 12-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Jets 14–0, Drive: 7 plays, 90 yards, 4:07.
  • MIA – Anthony Fasano 3-yard pass from Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter kick), Jets 14–7, Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 4:21.
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 44-yard field goal, Jets 14–10, Drive: 12 plays, 59 yards, 6:23.
3rd quarter
  • MIA – Brandon Marshall 11-yard pass from Chad Henne (Dan Carpenter kick), Dolphins 17–14, Drive: 12 plays, 73 yards, 6:13.
  • NYJ – Braylon Edwards 67-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Jets 21–17, Drive: 1 plays, 67 yards, 0:18.
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 20-yard field goal, Jets 21–20, Drive: 8 plays, 73 yards, 3:15.
4th quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 30-yard field goal, Jets 24–20, Drive: 8 plays, 5 yards, 4:10.
  • MIA – Dan Carpenter 50-yard field goal, Jets 24–23, Drive: 6 plays, 18 yards, 2:14.
  • NYJ – LaDainian Tomlinson 1-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 31–21, Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 4:47.
Top passers
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez – 15/28, 253 yards, 3 touchdowns
  • MIA – Chad Henne – 26/44, 363 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their divisional win over the Patriots, the Jets flew to Sun Life Stadium for a Week 3 AFC East duel with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night. New York delivered the game's opening strike in the first quarter as quarterback Mark Sanchez completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dustin Keller. The Jets added onto their lead in the second quarter as Sanchez hooked up with Keller again on a 12-yard touchdown pass. The Dolphins answered as quarterback Chad Henne connected with tight end Anthony Fasano on a 3-yard touchdown pass, followed by kicker Dan Carpenter making a 44-yard field goal.

Miami took the lead in the third quarter as Henne found wide receiver Brandon Marshall on an 11-yard touchdown pass, yet New York immediately struck back as Sanchez completed a 67-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The Dolphins cut into the lead as Carpenter made a 20-yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Jets responded with kicker Nick Folk making a 30-yard field goal. Miami struck back with Carpenter's 50-yard field goal, yet New York stayed persistent as running back LaDainian Tomlinson got a 1-yard touchdown run. Miami tried to get a comeback drive going, but the defense came through to hold onto the victory.

With the win, the Jets improved to 2–1.

Week 4: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week 4: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 7 10 21 0 38
Bills 0 7 0 7 14

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
  • NYJ – Dustin Keller 3-yard pass from Brad Smith (Nick Folk kick), Jets 24–7, Drive: 10 plays, 69 yards, 5:22.
  • NYJ – Dustin Keller 2-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Jets 31–7, Drive: 3 plays, 23 yards, 1:20.
  • NYJ – LaDainian Tomlinson 26-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 38–7, Drive: 2 plays, 35 yards, 0:44.
4th quarter
  • BUF – Steve Johnson 13-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell kick), Jets 38–14, Drive: 5 plays, 79 yards, 2:23.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their divisional road win over the Dolphins, the Jets flew to Ralph Wilson Stadium for a Week 4 AFC East duel with the throwback-clad Buffalo Bills. New York scored in the first quarter as running back LaDainian Tomlinson got a 1-yard touchdown run. The Jets added onto their lead in the second quarter with a 19-yard field goal from kicker Nick Folk, followed by quarterback Mark Sanchez completing a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The Bills closed out the half with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick finding tight end David Martin on a 4-yard touchdown pass.

New York pulled away in the third quarter as tight end Dustin Keller caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver/quarterback Brad Smith, followed by his 2-yard touchdown reception thrown by Sanchez. Afterwards, Tomlinson's 26-yard touchdown run effectively secured the victory. Buffalo closed out the game in the fourth quarter as Fitzpatrick threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Steve Johnson.

With the win, the Jets improved to 3–1.

Week 5: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week 5: Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 0 7 13 20
Jets 3 6 6 14 29

at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
1st quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 25-yard field goal, Jets 3–0, Drive: 7 plays, 33 yards, 3:32.
2nd quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 53-yard field goal, Jets 6–0, Drive: 7 plays, 33 yards, 2:30.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 22-yard field goal, Jets 9–0, Drive: 14 plays, 43 yards, 3:43.
3rd quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 34-yard field goal, Jets 12–0, Drive: 8 plays, 30 yards, 3:55.
  • MIN – Randy Moss 37-yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick), Jets 12–7, Drive: 10 plays, 72 yards, 4:01.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 31-yard field goal, Jets 15–7, Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 1:21.
4th quarter
  • MIN – Percy Harvin 34-yard pass from Brett Favre (pass failed), Jets 15–13, Drive: 5 plays, 65 yards, 3:02.
  • NYJ – Shonn Greene 23-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 22–13, Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards, 2:36.
  • MIN – Percy Harvin 11-yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick), Jets 22–20, Drive: 5 plays, 54 yards, 1:21.
  • NYJ – Dwight Lowery 26-yard interception return (Nick Folk kick), Jets 29–20
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their dominating divisional road win over the Bills, the Jets went home for a Week 5 interconference duel with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. New York took flight in the first quarter as kicker Nick Folk made a 25-yard field goal. The Jets added onto their lead in the second quarter as Folk booted a 53-yard and a 22-yard field goal.

New York continued to build their lead in the third quarter as Folk nailed a 34-yard field goal. The Vikings answered with quarterback Brett Favre completed a 37-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Randy Moss, yet the Jets came right back with Folk's 31-yard field goal. After the match was delayed due to adverse weather conditions, Minnesota began to strike back in the fourth quarter as Favre connected with wide receiver Percy Harvin on a 34-yard touchdown pass (with a failed 2-point conversion). Afterwards, New York answer as running back Shonn Greene got a 23-yard touchdown run. The Vikings tried to rally as Favre found Harvin again on an 11-yard touchdown pass, yet the Jets put the game away as cornerback Dwight Lowery returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown.

With the win, New York improved to 4–1.

Week 6: at Denver Broncos[edit]

Week 6: New York Jets at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 7 3 14 24
Broncos 0 10 7 3 20

at INVESCO Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • NYJ – Braylon Edwards 32-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Jets 7–0, Drive: 13 plays, 77 yards, 6:40.
  • DEN – Tim Tebow 5-yard run (Matt Prater kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:43.
  • DEN – Matt Prater 59-yard field goal, Broncos 10–7, Drive: 7 plays, 24 yards, 0:39.
3rd quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 56-yard field goal, Tied 10–10, Drive: 6 plays, 23 yards, 2:57.
  • DEN – Demaryius Thomas 17-yard pass from Kyle Orton (Matt Prater kick), Broncos 17–10, Drive: 5 plays, 66 yards, 1:36.
4th quarter
  • NYJ – LaDainian Tomlinson 20-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Tied 17–17, Drive: 5 plays, 54 yards, 2:07.
  • DEN – Matt Prater 48-yard field goal, Broncos 20–17, Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 4:41.
  • NYJ – LaDainian Tomlinson 2-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 24–20, Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 2:42.
Top passers
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez – 17/30, 198 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • DEN – Kyle Orton 14/34, 209 yards, 1 touchdown
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to increase their winning streak the Jets flew to INVESCO Field at Mile High for an AFC duel with the Broncos. In the 2nd quarter the Jets took the lead as QB Mark Sanchez made a 32-yard TD pass to WR Braylon Edwards. But Denver replied with QB Tim Tebow scrambling 5 yards to the endzone for a touchdown. This was followed by kicker Matt Prater nailing a 59-yard field goal. In the third quarter the Jets responded with kicker Nick Folk hitting a 56-yard field goal. The Jets fell behind when QB Kyle Orton made a 17-yard TD pass to WR Demaryius Thomas. But replied in the fourth quarter with RB LaDainian Tomlinson making a 20-yard TD run. The Jets trailed again with Prater making a 48-yard field goal. But pulled back in the lead when Tomlinson got a 2-yard TD run.

With the win, the Jets improve to 5–1.

Week 7: BYE[edit]

Week 8: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week 8: Green Bay Packers at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 0 0 6 9
Jets 0 0 0 0 0

at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
1st quarter
  • GB – Mason Crosby 20-yard field goal, Packers 3–0, Drive: 5 plays, 34 yards, 1:51.
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • GB – Mason Crosby 41-yard field goal, Packers 6–0, Drive: 8 plays, 34 yards, 3:58.
  • GB – Mason Crosby 40-yard field goal, Packers 9–0, Drive: 4 plays, 1 yards, 2:03.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Jets' seventh game was an Interconference duel with the Packers. Punter Steve Weatherford made the game's most controversial decision in the first quarter, opting to attempt a fake punt and run for the first down on 4th and 18. Weatherford was stopped a yard short of the first down, giving the Packers ideal field position which eventually led to an early 3–0 Packers lead. "He does it on his own," Ryan said. "(The Packers) were caving that side down. This was something Steve did on his own. I don't think he realized we'd just been sacked. We told him before that it needed to be a manageable situation, not fourth-and-20 or whatever it was.".[86] In a game where defense ruled, the Packers lead 3–0 at halftime. The Jets challenged a Brad Smith fumble, and lost due to his knee not being down before losing the ball. However, the Jets second challenge went to a jump ball, called an interception after Packers cornerback Tramon Williams ripped the ball out of Jerricho Cotchery's hands while they were both on the ground. The play was controversially upheld, despite the fact that the receiver appeared to be down by contact. With no challenges left, Mark Sanchez threw a ball to Dustin Keller that was ripped out of his hands and ruled an interception in the 4th quarter. The replay showed that Keller made the catch and was also down before losing possession, but with no challenges left the Jets were left with nothing. Green Bay took a 6–0 lead after the turnover. The Jets had two more chances to take the lead but had drives halted on 4th and longs. The Packers added on another field goal late to finalize a 9–0 win in the New Meadowlands Stadium. This marked the first time since 2006 the Jets were shut out.

With the loss, the Jets fell to 5–2.

Week 9: at Detroit Lions[edit]

Week 9: New York Jets at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Jets 0 10 0 10 3 23
Lions 7 0 6 7 0 20

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 31-yard field goal, Lions 7–3, Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 3:57.
  • NYJ – Braylon Edwards 74-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Jets 10–7, Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 0:48.
3rd quarter
  • DET – Matthew Stafford 1-yard run (kick failed, hru), Lions 13–10, Drive: 4 plays, 1 yards, 2:03.
4th quarter
  • DET – Nate Burleson 2-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 20–10, Drive: 9 plays, 90 yards, 3:17.
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez 1-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Lions 20–17, Drive: 6 plays, 56 yards, 1:40.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 36-yard field goal, Tied 20–20, Drive: 9 plays, 60 yards, 1:40.
Overtime
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 30-yard field goal, Jets 23–20, Drive: 5 plays, 56 yards, 2:18.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to rebound from their loss against the Packers, the Jets flew to Ford Field for an interconference duel with the Lions. In the first quarter the Jets trailed early as quarterback Matt Stafford found tight end Brandon Pettigrew on a 10-yard touchdown pass. The Jets fought back and took the lead with Nick Folk hitting a 31-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Mark Sanchez completing a 74-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Braylon Edwards. In the third quarter the Jets fell behind again as Stafford scrambled 1-yard for a touchdown however, the Lions missed the extra point, attempted by Ndamukong Suh who replaced the injured Jason Hanson.[87] The miss proved to be instrumental in New York's victory.[87]

Stafford followed up with 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nate Burleson in the fourth quarter. The Jets responded as Sanchez scrambled 1 yard for a touchdown, and then Nick Folk tied the game after making a 36-yard field goal that sent the game into overtime. With New York winning the coin toss, they began to move down field and after Sanchez found receiver Santonio Holmes on a 52-yard pass play, the Jets were in a position to win via field goal. Subsequently, Folk made the 30-yard field goal to lift the Jets over the Lions.

With the win, the Jets improved to 6–2.

Week 10: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week 10: New York Jets at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Jets 3 14 0 3 6 26
Browns 10 3 0 7 0 20

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
1st quarter
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 34-yard field goal, Browns 3–0, Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards, 5:08.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 27-yard field goal, Tied 3–3, Drive: 9 plays, 33 yards, 4:00.
  • CLE – Peyton Hillis 12-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 10–3, Drive: 5 plays, 61 yards, 2:50.
2nd quarter
  • NYJ – Jerricho Cotchery 25-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Tied 10–10, Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 4:07.
  • CLE – Phil Dawson 23-yard field goal, Browns 13–10, Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards, 5:56.
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez 1-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 17–13, Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 4:50.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 25-yard field goal, Jets 20–13, Drive: 13 plays, 56 yards, 7:45.
  • CLE – Mohamed Massaquoi 3-yard pass from Colt McCoy (Phil Dawson kick), Tied 20–20, Drive: 10 plays, 59 yards, 1:58.
Overtime
  • NYJ – Santonio Holmes 37-yard pass from Mark Sanchez, Drive: 1 plays, 37 yards, 0:08.
Top passers
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez – 27/44, 299 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • CLE – Colt McCoy – 18/31, 205 yards, 1 touchdown
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Lions, the Jets flew to Cleveland Browns Stadium for a Week 10 duel with the Cleveland Browns. New York trailed in the first quarter as Browns kicker Phil Dawson made a 34-yard field goal. The Jets answered with a 27-yard field goal from kicker Nick Folk, but Cleveland responded with running back Peyton Hillis getting a 12-yard touchdown run. New York tied the game in the second quarter with quarterback Mark Sanchez finding wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery on a 25-yard touchdown pass. The Browns regained the lead with Dawson's 23-yard field goal, yet the Jets took the lead with Sanchez's 1-yard touchdown run. After a scoreless third quarter, New York added onto their lead in the fourth quarter with Folk's 25-yard field goal. However, Cleveland tied the game with quarterback Colt McCoy completing a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. In overtime, Sanchez found wide receiver Santonio Holmes on the game-ending 37-yard touchdown pass. The Jets became the first team in league history to win back-to-back overtime games on the road.

With the win, New York improved to 7–2.

Week 11: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

Week 11: Houston Texans at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 0 7 0 20 27
Jets 3 10 7 10 30

at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
1st quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 37-yard field goal, Jets 3–0, Drive: 6 plays, 10 yards, 1:47.
2nd quarter
  • HOU – Arian Foster 2-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 7–3, Drive: 11 plays, 67 yards, 5:35.
  • NYJ – Braylon Edwards 4-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Jets 10–7, Drive: 10 plays, 78 yards, 4:59.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 33-yard field goal, Jets 13–7, Drive: 8 plays, 33 yards, 3:15.
3rd quarter
  • NYJ – Santonio Holmes 41-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Jets 20–7, Drive: 9 plays, 92 yards, 4:06.
4th quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 30-yard field goal, Jets 23–7, Drive: 4 plays, 10 yards, 1:28.
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 38-yard field goal, Jets 23–10, Drive: 7 plays, 59 yards, 2:30.
  • HOU – Joel Dreessen 43-yard pass from Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers kick), Jets 23–17, Drive: 1 plays, 43 yards, 0:09.
  • HOU – Arian Foster 1-yard run (Neil Rackers kick), Texans 24–23, Drive: 7 plays, 73 yards, 3:51.
  • HOU – Neil Rackers 22-yard field goal, Texans 27–23, Drive: 4 plays, 6 yards, 0:57.
  • NYJ – Santonio Holmes 6-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Jets 30–27, Drive: 5 plays, 72 yards, 0:45.
Top passers
  • HOU – Matt Schaub – 19/33, 254 yards, 1 touchdown
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez – 22/38, 315 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to increase their winning streak the Jets played on home ground for an AFC duel with the Texans. In the first quarter the Jets took the lead as kicker Nick Folk nailed a 37-yard field goal. The Texans replied in the second quarter with RB Arian Foster getting a 2-yard TD run. The Jets got the lead back as QB Mark Sanchez threw a 4-yard TD pass to WR Santonio Holmes; followed by Folk making a 30-yard field goal. The Jets' lead extended in the third quarter when Sanchez found Holmes again on a 41-yard TD pass. In the fourth quarter Folk made a 30-yard field goal to put the Jets up 23–7. The Texans rallied to take the lead back with kicker Neil Rackers nailing a 38-yard field goal, followed by QB Matt Schaub completing a 43-yard TD pass to TE Joel Dreessen, followed by Foster getting a 1-yard TD run, and then Rackers got a 22-yard field goal. The Jets still managed to score to get the win with Sanchez finding Holmes again on a 6-yard TD pass.

With the win, the Jets improve to 8–2.

Week 12: vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Thanksgiving Classic)[edit]

Week 12: Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 0 7 0 3 10
Jets 0 3 14 9 26

at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
  • NYJ – Brad Smith 53-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 10–7, Drive: 2 plays, 69 yards, 0:47.
  • NYJ – Santonio Holmes 13-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Jets 17–7, Drive: 2 plays, 14 yards, 0:48.
4th quarter
  • CIN – Aaron Pettrey 28-yard field goal, Jets 17–10, Drive: 6 plays, 15 yards, 2:17.
  • NYJ – Brad Smith 89-yard kickoff return (Nick Folk kick), Jets 24–10, Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:15.
  • NYJ – Carson Palmer sacked in end zone by Trevor Pryce for a Safety, Jets 26–10.
Top passers
  • CIN – Carson Palmer – 17/38, 135 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez – 16/28, 166 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Texans, the Jets stayed at home for a Week 12 Thanksgiving duel with the Cincinnati Bengals. After a scoreless first quarter, the Jets delivered the game's opening strike in the second quarter with a 27-yard field goal from kicker Nick Folk, but the Bengals answered with quarterback Carson Palmer completing a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordan Shipley.

New York regained the lead with a 53-yard touchdown end-around from wide receiver/quarterback Brad Smith and a 13-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez to Santonio Holmes. Cincinnati responded in the fourth quarter as Aaron Pettrey kicked a 28-yard field goal, but the Jets added Smith's 89-yard kick return for a touchdown, followed by defensive end Trevor Pryce sacking Palmer in the endzone for a safety.

With the win, New York improved to 9–2. Smith (3 carries, 55 yards, TD, 3 kick returns, 122 return yards, TD) and cornerback Darrelle Revis (4 tackles, 1 sack) were named NFL Network's 2010 Pudding Pie Award winners.

Week 13: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week 13: New York Jets at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 3 0 0 3
Patriots 17 7 7 14 45

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information
1st quarter
  • NE – Shayne Graham 41-yard field goal, Patriots 3–0, Drive: 9 plays, 52 yards, 4:03.
  • NE – BenJarvus Green-Ellis 11-yard run (Shayne Graham kick), Patriots 10–0, Drive: 6 plays, 57 yards, 2:48.
  • NE – Deion Branch 25-yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick), Patriots 17–0, Drive: 4 plays, 32 yards, 1:30.
2nd quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 39-yard field goal, Patriots 17–3, Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, 3:47.
  • NE – Brandon Tate 4-yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick), Patriots 24–3, Drive: 7 plays, 67 yards, 3:59.
3rd quarter
  • NE – Wes Welker 18-yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick), Patriots 31–3, Drive: 8 plays, 93 yards, 4:35.
4th quarter
  • NE – Aaron Hernandez 1-yard pass from Tom Brady (Shayne Graham kick), Patriots 38–3, Drive: 8 plays, 94 yards, 3:53.
  • NE – BenJarvus Green-Ellis 5-yard run (Shayne Graham kick), Patriots 45–3, Drive: 6 plays, 28 yards, 3:26.
Top passers
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez – 17/33, 164 yards, 3 interceptions
  • NE – Tom Brady – 21/39, 326 yards, 4 touchdowns
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Bengals on Thanksgiving, the Jets traveled to Foxborough in Monday Night Football game with the New England Patriots. In the first quarter, the Patriots took the early lead, with a 41-yard field goal from kicker Shayne Graham, followed by a 1-yard touchdown run from running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis and a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady to wide receiver Deion Branch. In the second quarter, the Jets got on the board, with a 39-yard field goal from kicker Nick Folk, in what would be the Jets' only score of the game. Later in the second quarter, the Patriots replied, with Brady throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Tate. The Patriots continued their offensive onslaught in the third quarter, with Brady throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Wes Welker. In the fourth quarter, Brady threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez, followed by a 5-yard touchdown run from Green-Ellis.

With the loss the Jets dropped to 9–3 and second place in the AFC East.

Week 14: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week 14: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 10 0 0 0 10
Jets 0 3 0 3 6

at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 35-yard field goal, Dolphins 10–3, Drive: 7 plays, 21 yards, 2:49
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 42-yard field goal, Dolphins 10–6, Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards, 5:14
Top passers
  • MIA – Chad Henne – 5/18, 55 yards, 1 touchdown
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez – 17/44, 216 yards, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • MIA – Karlos Dansby – 8 tackles, 1 assist, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
  • NYJ – Sione Pouha – 7 tackles, 3 assists, 1 sack

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Patriots the Jets played on home ground for an AFC East rivalry match against the Dolphins. The Jets trailed early with kicker Dan Carpenter nailing a 47-yard field goal, followed by QB Chad Henne completing a 6-yard TD pass to WR Brandon Marshall. They tried to cut the lead but only came away with kicker Nick Folk hitting a 35 and a 42-yard field goal.

With the loss, the Jets fell to 9–4.

Week 15: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week 15: New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 7 3 7 5 22
Steelers 0 10 7 0 17

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
1st quarter
  • NYJ – Brad Smith 97-yard kickoff return (Nick Folk kick), Jets 7–0, Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:12.
2nd quarter
  • PIT – Matt Spaeth 9-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 16 plays, 96 yards, 8:12.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 25-yard field goal, Jets 10–7, Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards, 4:41.
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 42-yard field goal, Tied 10–10, Drive: 10 plays, 53 yards, 2:15.
3rd quarter
  • PIT – Rashard Mendenhall 2-yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), Steelers 17–10, Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 5:57.
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez 7-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Tied 17–17, Drive: 8 plays, 66 yards, 3:49.
4th quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 34-yard field goal, Jets 20–17, Drive: 13 plays, 50 yards, 6:47.
  • NYJ – Mewelde Moore tackled in endzone by Jason Taylor for a safety, Jets 22–17.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the win, the Jets improved to 10–4.

Week 16: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week 16: New York Jets at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 24 7 3 34
Bears 10 7 21 0 38

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
First quarter
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 37-yard field goal, Bears 3–0, Drive: 9 plays, 47 yards, 5:20.
  • CHI – Matt Forte 22-yard run (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 10–0, Drive: 4 plays, 45 yards, 1:53.
Second quarter
  • NYJ – Shonn Greene 3-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Bears 10–7, Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:58.
  • NYJ – Dwight Lowery 20-yard interception return (Nick Folk kick), Jets 14–10.
  • NYJ – LaDainian Tomlinson 3-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 21–10, Drive: 6 plays, 36 yards, 2:39.
  • CHI – Jay Cutler 2-yard run (Robbie Gould kick), Jets 21–17, Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards, 3:00.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 26-yard field goal, Jets 24–17, Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards, 2:32.
Third quarter
  • CHI – Johnny Knox 40-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), Tied 24–24, Drive: 1 plays, 40 yards, 0:08.
  • CHI – Devin Hester 25-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 31–24, Drive: 3 plays, 32 yards, 1:37.
  • NYJ – Santonio Holmes 23-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Tied 31–31, Drive: 4 plays, 66 yards, 1:53.
  • CHI – Johnny Knox 26-yard pass from Jay Cutler (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 38–31, Drive: 5 plays, 49 yards, 2:30.
Fourth quarter
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 34-yard field goal, Bears 38–34, Drive: 12 plays, 51 yards, 6:14.
Top passers
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez – 24/37, 269 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • CHI – Jay Cutler – 13/25, 215 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
  • NYJ – Shonn Greene – 12 rushes, 70 yards, 1 touchdown
  • CHI – Matt Forté – 19 rushes, 113 yards, 1 touchdown
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Steelers the Jets played an interconference duel with the Bears. In the first quarter the Jets trailed early as kicker Robbie Gould got a 37-yard field goal, followed by Matt Forte getting a 22-yard TD run. The Jets pulled ahead with RB Shonn Greene getting a 3-yard TD run, followed by CB Dwight Lowery returning an interception 20 yards for a touchdown, followed by RB LaDainian Tomlinson getting a 3-yard TD run letting the Jets lead 21–10. The lead was narrowed as QB Jay Cutler scrambled 2 yards for a touchdown, but was soon extended as kicker Nick Folk made a 26-yard field goal. They trailed again with Cutler completing a 40 and a 25-yard TD pass to wide receivers Devin Hester and Johnny Knox respectively, but soon were able to tie the game with QB Mark Sanchez throwing a 23-yard TD pass to WR Santonio Holmes. The Bears escaped the tie with Cutler finding Knox again on a 26-yard TD pass. The Jets tried to come back, but only came away with a 34-yard field goal from Folk. When the Jets got the ball back, Sanchez threw a pass intended for Holmes, only to be intercepted by safety Chris Harris with 0:58 to go.

With the loss, the Jets fell to 10–5, but clinched a playoff berth when the Jaguars lost to the Redskins..

Week 17: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week 17: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 0 7 0 7
Jets 10 7 7 14 38

at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
4th quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • NYJ –

The Jets' sixteenth game was a division rivalry rematch against the Bills at home. The Jets commanded the first half with kicker Nick Folk making a 28-yard field goal, followed by CB Marquice Cole returning an interception 35 yards for a touchdown, then with QB Mark Brunell making a 17-yard TD pass to WR Santonio Holmes. Their offense broke down a bit as Brunell's next pass was intercepted by FS Jairus Byrd and returned 37 yards for a touchdown, but continued to score after Brunell found WR Braylon Edwards on a 52-yard TD pass. This was followed by QB Kellen Clemens scrambling 10 yards for a touchdown, then with RB John Conner getting a 16-yard TD run.

With the win, the Jets finish on an 11–5 record.

Post Season Game Summaries[edit]

AFC Wild Card Game: at Indianapolis Colts[edit]

AFC Wild Card Game: at Indianapolis Colts;– Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 0 7 10 17
Colts 0 7 3 6 16

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Game information
1st quarter
  • None
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • NYJ – LaDainian Tomlinson 1-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 14–10, Drive: 17 plays, 87 yards, 9:54.
  • IND – Adam Vinatieri 32-yard field goal, Jets 14–13, Drive: 13 plays, 67 yards, 5:22.
  • IND – Adam Vinatieri 50-yard field goal, Colts 16–14, Drive: 8 plays, 48 yards, 1:43.
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 32-yard field goal, Jets 17–16, Drive: 5 plays, 40 yards, 0:53.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Entering the postseason as the AFC's sixth seed, the Jets began their playoff run at Lucas Oil Stadium for the AFC Wild Card Round against the third seeded Indianapolis Colts in a rematch of the 2009–10 AFC Championship Game. After a scoreless first quarter, New York trailed in the second quarter as Colts quarterback Peyton Manning completed a 57-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Pierre Garçon.

The Jets tied the game in the third quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back LaDainian Tomlinson, however Indianapolis immediately came back with a 47-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal. New York took the lead in the fourth quarter with another 1-yard touchdown run from Tomlinson, but the Colts regained the lead with Vinatieri nailing a 32-yard and a 50-yard field goal. However, the Jets prevailed in the end; as time expired, Nick Folk kicked the game-winning 32-yard field goal.

With the win, New York improved their overall record to 12–5.

AFC Divisional Game: at New England Patriots[edit]

AFC Divisional Game: at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 14 0 14 28
Patriots 3 0 8 10 21

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information
1st quarter
  • NE – Shayne Graham 34-yard field goal, Patriots 3–0, Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards, 4:32.
2nd quarter
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • NYJ – Santonio Holmes 7-yard pass from Mark Sanchez, Jets 21–11, Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:13
  • NE – Shayne Graham 35-yard field goal, Jets 21–14, Drive: 7 plays, 26 yards, 1:32.
  • NYJ – Shonn Greene 16-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 28–14, Drive: 2 plays, 20 yards, 0:16.
  • NE – Deion Branch 13-yard pass from Tom Brady, Jets 28–21, Drive: 7 plays, 59 yards, 1:17
Top passers
  • NYJ – Mark Sanchez – 16/25, 194 yards, 3 touchdowns
  • NE – Tom Brady – 29/45, 299 yards, 2 touchdown, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Colts, the Jets flew to Gillette Stadium for the AFC Divisional Round against the top-seeded New England Patriots, in Round 3 of their 2010 series. New York trailed in the first quarter as Patriots kicker Shayne Graham made a 34-yard field goal. The Jets took the lead in the second quarter as quarterback Mark Sanchez found running back LaDainian Tomlinson on a 7-yard touchdown pass. After a failed fake-punt attempt by New England, Sanchez connected with wide receiver Braylon Edwards on a 15-yard touchdown pass.

New England began to cut away at their deficit as quarterback Tom Brady completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Alge Crumpler (with a successful two-point conversion run from running back Sammy Morris). The Patriots tried to rally as Graham got a 35-yard field goal, yet New York came right back with a 20-yard touchdown run from running back Shonn Greene. Afterwards, New England closed out the game as Brady completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Deion Branch.

With the win, the Jets improved to 13–5. The Jets defense set a franchise single-game postseason record by sacking Brady five times.

AFC Championship Game: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

AFC Championship Game: New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 3 7 9 19
Steelers 7 17 0 0 24

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 20-yard field goal, Steelers 10–0, Drive: 8 plays, 60 yards, 3:41.
  • PIT – Ben Roethlisberger 2-yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), Steelers 17–0, Drive: 7 plays, 66 yards, 3:57.
  • PIT – William Gay 19-yard fumble return (Shaun Suisham kick), Steelers 24–0
  • NYJ – Nick Folk 42-yard field goal, Steelers 24–3, Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards, 1:04.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • NYJ – Ben Roethlisberger fumbled snap in the endzone and then tackled in the endzone by Mike DeVito for a safety, Jets 24–12.
  • NYJ – Jerricho Cotchery 4-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick), Steelers 24–19, Drive: 10 plays, 58 yards, 4:32
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the Patriots, the Jets flew to Heinz Field for the AFC Championship Game against the No. 2 Pittsburgh Steelers, in a rematch of their Week 15 game.

New York trailed in the first quarter as Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall got a 1-yard touchdown run. Pittsburgh added onto their lead in the second quarter as kicker Shaun Suisham got a 20-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger getting a 2-yard touchdown run, along with cornerback William Gay returning a fumble 19 yards for a touchdown. The Jets closed out the half with a 42-yard field goal from kicker Nick Folk.

New York began the third quarter with quarterback Mark Sanchez finding wide receiver Santonio Holmes on a 45-yard touchdown pass. The Jets tried to rally as Roethlisberger fumbled the snap in the endzone and then got tackled in the endzone by Mike DeVito for a safety, followed by Sanchez hooking up with wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery on a 4-yard touchdown pass. However, the Steelers held on to preserve the win.

With the loss, New York's season came to an end with an overall record of 13–6.

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