Eric Allen primed the pump Sunday and today it’s time to bring you our list of the Jets’ top five prime offensive plays of the 2010 regular season.
First you can go back to the videotape for some of the very best offense the Jets had to give to get into the playoffs — the videos have just recently gone live on newyorkjets.com. Then you can then jump over to Facebook.com/Jets to vote for your favorite “Plays of the Year.” The polls will be open all this week, and then beginning June 13 we’ll reveal your picks AND move on to the defensive plays of the year. On June 20 new footage will feature the best special teams plays. And on June 27 we’ll repeat the process with our Playoff Plays of the Year.
Here are some of the details to refresh your memory on the offensive gems.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson, 26-yard TD run, Game 4, Oct. 3, at Buffalo
On a day when he passed Tony Dorsett for seventh on the NFL’s all-time rushing list, Tomlinson recorded his first 100-yard game as a Jet and his 133-yard effort was his highest output in almost three years. He scored two touchdowns in the 38-14 victory and this play in the third quarter was vintage LT — just ask Bills S Donte Whitner.
WR Jerricho Cotchery, 10-yard reception, Game 9, Nov. 14, at Cleveland
What does “Play like a Jet” mean? Look no further than J-Co’s gutsy grab in the thrilling OT win over the Browns. On third-and-9, Cotchery, despite playing with a herniated disk and then sustaining a groin strain while running the route on this play, somehow made the diving catch of Mark Sanchez’s throw across his body to extend the drive in the extra session.
WR Santonio Holmes, 37-yard TD reception, Game 9, Nov. 14, at Cleveland
The Super Bowl XLIII MVP was a clutch performer all year for the Green & White, registering a game-changing play in four Jets wins. In this one, as time was running out and both sides were no doubt preparing to accept a 20-20 draw, Holmes snared Sanchez’s slant pass between Browns defenders and accelerated for the goal line and the game-winning score with 16 seconds left on the OT clock.
WR Braylon Edwards, 42-yard reception, Game 10, Nov. 21, vs. Houston
The Jets had frittered away a 23-7 lead early in the fourth quarter and were staring at the bleak prospects of a four-point home loss to the Texans. But the Green & White never gave up, and suddenly they were back in the game as Edwards got open down the right sideline to grab Sanchez’s pinpoint pass at the Houston 6 with 16 seconds left. Next play, Sanchez-to-Holmes pulled out the 30-27 win.
QB Mark Sanchez, 7-yard TD run, Game 14, Dec. 19, at Pittsburgh
Without an offensive touchdown since Thanksgiving, down by seven and facing fourth-and-1 at the Steelers 7 midway through the third quarter, Rex Ryan gave Brian Schottenheimer the green light and the OC made an ingenious call. Everyone at Heinz Field sold out on the run up the gut, but Sanchez kept the ball and rolled untouched off the Jets’ left side for the tying score en route to the inspiring 22-17 triumph.
Tags: Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, LaDainian Tomlinson, Mark Sanchez, Plays of the Year, Santonio Holmes
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