2012 New York Jets season

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2012 New York Jets season
Head coach Rex Ryan
General manager Mike Tannenbaum
Owner Woody Johnson
Home field MetLife Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 3rd AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers 30 LaRon Landry S
31 Antonio Cromartie CB
Timeline
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The 2012 New York Jets season was the franchise's 43rd season in the National Football league, the 53rd overall and the fourth under head coach Rex Ryan. The Jets failed to improve their 8–8 record from 2011 and were eliminated from postseason contention.

The Jets' offense scored 281 points, ranking them 30th in the league,[1] while the defense was ranked 8th best in the league.[2]

Transactions[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

  • The contracts of wide receivers coach Henry Ellard, outside linebackers coach Jeff Weeks and assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan expired after the conclusion of the 2011 season and subsequently they were not retained. Ellard and Callahan, when offered contract extensions prior to the expiration of their contracts, refused to re-sign.[3]
  • Mike Smith was promoted from his position as a defensive intern to the outside linebackers coach, replacing Jeff Weeks.[3] Smith later left the team to become the linebackers coach and co-coordinator at West Virginia.[4] He returned to the Jets two weeks later after discovering his responsibilities with West Virginia were not the same as the team had first indicated.[5]
  • Tony Sparano was hired as the new offensive coordinator, replacing Brian Schottenheimer on January 11, 2012.[6]
  • Sanjay Lal was hired as the new wide receivers coach on January 13, 2012.[7]
  • Dave DeGuglielmo was hired as the new offensive line coach on January 24, 2012.[8]
  • On February 13, the team named Karl Dunbar as the new defensive line coach. In addition strength and conditioning coaching assistants Justus Galac and Paul Ricci were hired.[9]
  • Defensive line coach Mark Carrier left the team to accept the position as the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive backs coach.[10]

Arrivals[edit]

Greg McElroy hands off to Bilal Powell against Arizona Cardinals in week 13 of the 2012 season
Greg McElroy and the Jets offense against Arizona

Departures[edit]

Trades[edit]

To Jets[edit]

From Jets[edit]

2012 Draft class[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft
RD PK Player Position College Notes
1 16 (16) Quinton Coples Defensive End North Carolina
2 11 (43) Stephen Hill Wide Receiver Georgia Tech From Seattle Seahawks for Draft Picks Round 2 Pick 47, Round 5 Pick 154, and Round 7 Pick 232.
15 (47) Traded to the Seattle Seahawks for Draft Pick Round 2 Pick 43.
3 14 (77) Demario Davis Inside Linebacker Arkansas State
4 13 (108) Traded to the Denver Broncos for QB Tim Tebow.
5 19 (154) Traded to the Seattle Seahawks for Draft Pick Round 2 Pick 43.
6 17 (187) Josh Bush Safety Wake Forest From Indianapolis Colts through Philadelphia Eagles for QB Drew Stanton.
18 (188) Traded to the Denver Broncos for QB Tim Tebow.
32 (202) Terrance Ganaway Running back Baylor Compensatory selection.
33 (203) Robert Griffin Guard Baylor Compensatory selection.
7 7 (214) From Jacksonville Jaguars for CB Dwight Lowery, then traded to the Indianapolis Colts along with QB Drew Stanton.
17 (224) Traded to the Green Bay Packers for OL Caleb Schlauderaff.
25 (232) From Denver Broncos for QB Tim Tebow, then traded to the Seattle Seahawks for Draft Pick Round 2 Pick 43.
35 (242) Antonio Allen Safety South Carolina Compensatory selection.
37 (244) Jordan White Wide Receiver Western Michigan Compensatory selection.

NOTES:

Free Agents[edit]

Position Player Free agency
tag
Date signed/released 2012 team Notes
QB Mark Brunell UFA
WR Plaxico Burress UFA November 20, 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers [103]
CB Marquice Cole RFA March 19, 2012 New England Patriots [104]
PK Nick Folk UFA March 14, 2012 New York Jets [105]
CB Ellis Lankster ERFA January 4, 2012 New York Jets [106]
S Jim Leonhard UFA August 4, 2012 Denver Broncos [107]
LB Aaron Maybin RFA February 24, 2012 New York Jets [108]
TE Matthew Mulligan RFA March 26, 2012 St. Louis Rams [109]
QB Kevin O'Connell UFA July 29, 2012 San Diego Chargers [110]
S Brodney Pool UFA March 15, 2012 Dallas Cowboys [111]
DL Sione Pouha UFA March 12, 2012 New York Jets [112]
CB Donald Strickland UFA
LB Bryan Thomas UFA March 13, 2012 New York Jets [113]
RB LaDainian Tomlinson UFA June 18, 2012 Retired [114]
WR Patrick Turner RFA February 7, 2012 New York Jets [115]
OL Robert Turner UFA March 30, 2012 St. Louis Rams [116]
LB Jamaal Westerman RFA March 15, 2012 Miami Dolphins [117]
RFA: Restricted free agent, UFA: Unrestricted free agent, ERFA: Exclusive rights free agent, FT: Franchise tag

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 10 7:30 p.m. EDT at Cincinnati Bengals L 6–17 0–1 Paul Brown Stadium WCBS-TV Recap
2 August 18 7:00 p.m. EDT New York Giants L 3–26 0–2 MetLife Stadium WCBS-TV Recap
3 August 26 8:00 p.m. EDT Carolina Panthers L 12–17 0–3 MetLife Stadium NBC Recap
4 August 30 6:35 p.m. EDT at Philadelphia Eagles L 10–28 0–4 Lincoln Financial Field WCBS-TV Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 1:00 p.m. EDT Buffalo Bills W 48–28 1–0 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
2 September 16 4:25 p.m. EDT at Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–27 1–1 Heinz Field CBS Recap
3 September 23 1:00 p.m. EDT at Miami Dolphins W 23–20 (OT) 2–1 Sun Life Stadium CBS Recap
4 September 30 1:00 p.m. EDT San Francisco 49ers L 0–34 2–2 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap
5 October 8 8:30 p.m. EDT Houston Texans L 17–23 2–3 MetLife Stadium ESPN[a] Recap
6 October 14 1:00 p.m. EDT Indianapolis Colts W 35–9 3–3 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
7 October 21 4:25 p.m. EDT at New England Patriots L 26–29 (OT) 3–4 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
8 October 28 1:00 p.m. EDT Miami Dolphins L 9–30 3–5 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
9 Bye
10 November 11 4:05 p.m. EST at Seattle Seahawks L 7–28 3–6 CenturyLink Field CBS Recap
11 November 18 1:00 p.m. EST at St. Louis Rams W 27–13 4–6 Edward Jones Dome CBS Recap
12 November 22 8:20 p.m. EST New England Patriots L 19–49 4–7 MetLife Stadium NBC Recap
13 December 2 1:00 p.m. EST Arizona Cardinals W 7–6 5–7 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap
14 December 9 1:00 p.m. EST at Jacksonville Jaguars W 17–10 6–7 EverBank Field CBS Recap
15 December 17 8:30 p.m. EST at Tennessee Titans L 10–14 6–8 LP Field ESPN[a] Recap
16 December 23 1:00 p.m. EST[118] San Diego Chargers L 17–27 6–9 MetLife Stadium CBS[118] Recap
17 December 30 1:00 p.m. EST at Buffalo Bills L 9–28 6–10 Ralph Wilson Stadium CBS Recap
LEGEND
^[a] Simulcast locally on WWOR-TV.
Bold indicates a division opponent.

Standings[edit]

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
New England Patriots(2) 12 4 0 .750 6–0 11–1 557 331 W2
Miami Dolphins 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 288 317 L1
New York Jets 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 281 375 L3
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 344 435 W1

Staff[edit]

2012 New York Jets staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Rosters[edit]

Opening training camp roster[edit]

New York Jets roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Rookies in italics
Roster updated July 26, 2012
Depth ChartTransactions

89 Active, 0 Inactive

AFC rostersNFC rosters

Week 1 roster[edit]

New York Jets roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Roster updated September 5, 2012
Depth ChartTransactions

53 Active, 2 Inactive, 8 Practice Squad

AFC rostersNFC rosters

Final roster[edit]

2012 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
52 Active, 9 Inactive, 4 Practice squad

Regular season results[edit]

Week 1: vs. Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week One: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 7 7 14 28
Jets 7 20 14 7 48

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • Stephen Hill 33-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick) Jets 14–0, Drive: 5 plays, 52 yards, 2:31.
  • Jeremy Kerley 68-yard punt return Jets 21–0
  • CJ Spiller 56-yard run (Ryan Lindell kick), Jets 21–7, Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:34.
  • Nick Folk 25-yard field goal, Jets 24–7, Drive: 15 plays, 73 yards, 7:09.
  • Nick Folk 39-yard field goal, Jets 27–7, Drive: 7 plays, 32 yards, 1:24.
Third quarter
  • Antonio Cromartie 40-yard interception return (Nick Folk kick), Jets 34–7
  • Stephen Hill 33-yard pass from Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk kick) Jets 41–7, Drive: 4 plays, 48 yards, 2:10.
  • Scott Chandler 5-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Ryan Lindell kick), Jets 41–14, Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 5:12.
Fourth quarter
  • Donald Jones 6-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Ryan Lindell kick), Jets 41–21, Drive: 13 plays, 96 yards, 6:14.
  • Steve Johnson 29-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Ryan Lindell kick), Jets 41–28, Drive: 5 plays, 41 yards, 0:54.
  • Shonn Greene 1-yard run (Nick Folk kick), Jets 48–28, Drive: 8 plays, 49 yards, 4:41.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Jets erupted to a 21–0 lead in the second quarter following two Mark Sanchez touchdown throws and a Jeremy Kerley punt return score. Following Antonio Cromartie's interception return score and Sanchez' third touchdown (to Stephen Hill), Ryan Fitzpatrick, despite three interceptions, erupted to three consecutive touchdowns, but the Jets put the game away in a fourth quarter drive ending in a one-yard Shonn Greene touchdown run.

Tim Tebow, acquired from the Broncos amid heavy publicity about his presence with the Jets and the team's plans on how to utilize him, rushed five times for just eleven yards.

With their 6th straight win over the Bills, the Jets began their season 1–0.

Week 2: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Two: New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 7 3 0 0 10
Steelers 3 10 7 7 27

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 71 °F (22 °C), fair
  • Game attendance: 64,511
  • Referee: Jerry Frump
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
  • Recap
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYJ –
  • PIT –
Top rushers
  • NYJ –
  • PIT –
Top receivers
  • NYJ –
  • PIT –
Top tacklers
  • NYJ –
  • PIT –

The Jets traveled to Heinz Field for a rematch of the 2010 AFC Championship game against the Steelers. The Jets limited the Steelers to just 68 rushing yards but Ben Roethlisberger tossed for 275 yards and two touchdowns. With the loss, the Jets fell to 1–1.

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Three: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Jets 0 3 7 10 3 23
Dolphins 7 3 7 3 0 20

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: September 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 83 °F (28 °C), mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 60,102
  • Referee: Robert Frazer
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYJ –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • NYJ –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • NYJ –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • NYJ –
  • MIA –

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

Week 4: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Four: San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 10 7 17 34
Jets 0 0 0 0 0

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • NYJ –

After their Week 3 road win over their division rival Dolphins, the Jets headed home to face their first NFC Opponent of the season, the 49ers. However, the Jets struggled in this game being shut out at home 34–0 by the 49ers. This was the first time since 2010 that the team has been shut out at home since the Packers shut them out 9–0 that year. With the huge shutout loss, the Jets fell to 2–2.

Week 5: vs. Houston Texans[edit]

Week Five: Houston Texans at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Texans 7 10 6 0 23
Jets 7 0 7 3 17

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • HOU –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • HOU –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • HOU –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • HOU –
  • NYJ –

The Jets stayed home for a game against the red-hot undefeated 4–0 Texans. This game would mark the first time ever that the Jets have lost to the Texans, and as a result New York dropped to 2–3 on the season.

Week 6: vs. Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Week Six: Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 3 3 0 3 9
Jets 0 21 7 7 35

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • IND –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • IND –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • IND –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • IND –
  • NYJ –

The Jets faced Colts rookie sensation Andrew Luck; they sacked him four times and intercepted him twice. Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight combined to rush for 232 yards and three Greene touchdowns. Mark Sanchez threw for just 82 yards but had two touchdowns, while Tim Tebow had one throw for 23 yards but was limited to seven rushing yards.

The huge win was the Jets' first win over the Colts without Peyton Manning since 1997. They improved to 3–3 and a four-way tie in the AFC East.

Week 7: at New England Patriots[edit]

Week Seven: New York Jets at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Jets 7 3 3 13 0 26
Patriots 14 2 7 3 3 29

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

  • Date: October 21
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 68,752
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYJ –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • NYJ –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • NYJ –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • NYJ –
  • NE –

With the AFC East a four-way tie, the Jets erased a 23–13 gap in the fourth quarter. After a Dustin Keller touchdown catch Devin McCourty fumbled the kickoff. Following back-to-back Nick Folk field goals, Tom Brady whipped the Patriots to the game-tying field goal in the final 1:37. In overtime Stephen Gostkowski booted a 48-yard field goal; the Jets got the ball back but Sanchez was strip-sacked by Rob Ninkovich and Jermaine Cunningham, ending the game in a 29–26 Jets loss, dropping them to 3–4.

Week 8: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Eight: Miami Dolphins at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 10 10 7 3 30
Jets 0 0 3 6 9

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), Wind: NNE 9mph gusting to 17mph
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • NYJ –

Despite losing rookie sensation Ryan Tannehill for the game after a first-quarter sack, the Dolphins raced to a 30–9 win, their fourth road win in the rivalry in their last five trips to New Jersey. The Dolphins scored on a blocked goalline punt, then added touchdowns by Daniel Thomas and a short toss from Matt Moore to Anthony Fasano. Sanchez managed a late touchdown to Chaz Schilens but the two-point throw to Dustin Keller failed.

Week 10: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Ten: New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 7 0 0 0 7
Seahawks 7 7 0 14 28

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 43 °F (6 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 67,841
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYJ –
  • SEA –
Top rushers
  • NYJ –
  • SEA –
Top receivers
  • NYJ –
  • SEA –
Top tacklers
  • NYJ –
  • SEA –

The surging Seahawks under former Jets coach Pete Carroll limited the Jets to 185 total yards of offense and forced two fumbles. Golden Tate caught a touchdown from Russell Wilson then took a reverse and threw to Sidney Rice for a fourth-quarter score. The Jets only score came when Wilson was strip-sacked and Muhammad Wilkerson ran in a 21-yard touchdown.

It was the Jets' second straight loss to the Seahawks, and they fell to 3–6 and 0–2 against the NFC West.

Week 11: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Eleven: New York Jets at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 10 0 14 27
Rams 7 0 0 6 13

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 57,711
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYJ –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • NYJ –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • NYJ –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • NYJ –
  • STL –

The Jets posted their sixth win in their last seven meetings against Jeff Fisher. They picked off Sam Bradford once and forced two Rams fumbles. The two teams combined for just 570 yards of offense. The Jets improved to 4–6 while the Rams fell to 3–6–1.

Week 12: vs. New England Patriots (Thanksgiving Day game)[edit]

Week Twelve: New England Patriots at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 35 0 14 49
Jets 0 3 9 7 19

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • NE –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • NE –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • NE –
  • NYJ –

The Jets were thoroughly dominated by the Patriots; they scored five touchdowns in the second quarter, three of them in a span of 52 seconds of game clock. The first came on an 83-yard pass to Shane Vereen after the Patriots recovered a Shonn Greene fumble. On the Jets' ensuing drive, Mark Sanchez fumbled after running into lineman Brandon Moore and Steve Gregory ran back a 32-yard score. The play later became known as the "butt fumble". The third touchdown came on the ensuing kickoff, Devin McCourty forced Joe McKnight to fumble, which Julian Edelman recovered and returned for a third touchdown (he later caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady).

With the huge loss, the Jets fell to 4–7, and were swept by Bill Belichick's Patriots for the sixth time.

Week 13: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Thirteen: Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 3 0 3 6
Jets 0 0 0 7 7

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 46 °F (8 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • NYJ –

Mark Sanchez was benched in the fourth quarter and Greg McElroy threw the winning touchdown. The switch escalated brewing controversy over Sanchez's declining play.

Week 14: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Week Fourteen: New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 0 0 10 7 17
Jaguars 0 3 0 7 10

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYJ –
  • JAC –
Top rushers
  • NYJ –
  • JAC –
Top receivers
  • NYJ –
  • JAC –
Top tacklers
  • NYJ –
  • JAC –

The Jets improved to 6–7 and stayed alive in the playoff race after twice intercepting Chad Henne, who'd replaced faltering sophomore Blaine Gabbert four weeks earlier. The Jets had 166 rushing yards and two scores, limiting Mark Sanchez to just nineteen throws for 111 yards.

Week 15: at Tennessee Titans[edit]

Week Fifteen: New York Jets at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 0 7 0 10
Titans 0 7 7 0 14

at LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: December 17
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 54 °F (12 °C), cloudy
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (ESPN[a]): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYJ –
  • TEN –
Top rushers
  • NYJ –
  • TEN –
Top receivers
  • NYJ –
  • TEN –
Top tacklers
  • NYJ –
  • TEN –

Chris Johnson ran in a 94-yard touchdown while following a Jeff Cumberland touchdown catch for the Jets Jake Locker ran in a 13-yard score. Mark Sanchez threw four interceptions yet a short Titans punt gave the Jets the ball inside the Titans 25 in the final minute. The Jets blew the snap and the Titans fell on the ball, ending the game.

With the loss, the Jets not only fell to 6–8, but got mathematically eliminated from postseason contention for the second straight season.

Tim Tebow entered the game for the first time since Week 10 and made what turned out to be his final plays with the Jets, missing on his only pass while rushing three times for fifteen yards.

Week 16: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Sixteen: San Diego Chargers at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 3 14 3 27
Jets 14 0 0 3 17

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST[118]
  • Game weather: 39 °F (4 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (CBS[118]): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • NYJ –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • NYJ –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • NYJ –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • NYJ –

Following the loss to the Titans Rex Ryan announced that Greg McElroy would start for the Jets against the Chargers. Following a 63-yard Michael Spurlock punt return touchdown McElroy led back to back scoring drives ending in 1-yard Shonn Greene touchdowns. The Chargers took over the game in the third quarter with two Philip Rivers touchdowns and a Nick Novak field goal while McElroy was intercepted once and strip-sacked once.

With the loss, the Jets fell to 6–9, their first losing season since 2007.

Week 17: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Seventeen: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 6 0 0 9
Bills 7 7 0 14 28

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 28 °F (−2 °C), mostly sunny
  • Game attendance: 54,533
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Jets' plan to start Greg McElroy was changed due to a concussion he'd suffered. As a result Mark Sanchez started and managed 205 passing yards but was intercepted by Bryan Scott in the first quarter for the Bills' first touchdown of the game. The Jets led 9–7 in the second quarter before the Bills scored three unanswered touchdowns, including one from ex-Jet Brad Smith. Tim Tebow suited up for the game but was never used. It was the first win for the Bills in the rivalry since 2009.

Statistics[edit]

Regular season statistical leaders[edit]

Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Mark Sanchez 2883 Yards
Passing Touchdowns Mark Sanchez 13 TDs
Rushing Yards Shonn Greene 1063 Yards
Rushing Touchdowns Shonn Greene 8 TDs
Receiving Yards Jeremy Kerley 827 Yards
Receiving Touchdowns Stephen Hill

Jeff Cumberland || 3 TDs

Points Nick Folk 93 Points
Kickoff Return Yards Joe McKnight 1072 Yards
Punt Return Yards Jeremy Kerley 208 Yards
Tackles David Harris 123 Tackles
Sacks Quinton Coples 5.5 Sacks
Interceptions Antonio Cromartie 3 INTs

Statistical league rankings[edit]

  • Total Offense (YPG): 308.9 (29th)
  • Passing (YPG): 194 (32nd)
  • Rushing (YPG): 115.2 (12th)
  • Total Defense (YPG): 336.0 (10th)
  • Passing (YPG): 198 (32nd)
  • Rushing (YPG): 137.7 (29th)

Stats correct through week 14.

Notes and references[edit]

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