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Offensive Plays of the Year: Five Backstories

Posted by Randy Lange on June 6, 2011 – 12:48 pm

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.


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16 Responses to “Offensive Plays of the Year: Five Backstories”

  1. By IRA on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, Good group to choose from. In matter of fact i don’t even know how you can rate these plays from 1-5. I am going to rate these strictly by the athletic and gutsy type of play they were.
    J-Co, Edwards, Holmes, LT and Sanchez.

  2. By Alex.G on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Tough choices as they were all critical plays, but I will say Holmes, Edwards,L.T ,Sanchez and J-Co. again all great plays, all great stories. Man I love the Jets

  3. By Jimmer on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    The J-Co play was very important, as well as gutsy. I may list that play among one of the 10 best in Jets history. The freak td passes and long runs usually stick in your mind, but the only thing freakish about this was J-Cos heart in catching the ball.

  4. By IRA on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    One play i think that deserves consideration was Keller’s 25 yd catch late in the 4th to set up Sanchez’s TD run. That was a remarkable catch.
    GO JETS!!!!

  5. By IRA on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry failed to mention that Keller catch was in the Lions game.
    So is anybody watching CFL next week?

  6. By scjoe on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    All were memorable, but all ancient history. The question is, will there be a list for the 2011 season or not. The more that we “don’t hear” the more likely it becomes that there will not be one.

  7. By Row on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    I think the Holmes plays were #1. He actually had 2 clutch gains, one to take it into overtime..

  8. By KW65Fan on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    Go Argo’s..!!!! Wife is from Toronto…so what the heck. So many plays to choose from…but have to go with J-Co as number one. That is a pure and proud football player…”Plays like a JET”. Holmes catch soon after in that game is a biggie…but Braylons acrobatic catches (gee, I thought he drops the ball so much) were all fantastic.

  9. By wayne on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    scjoe, for once I agree with you. Ancient history…irrelevant…..Need to let these owners know we’re not going to be pacified by ancient history and they are to be blamed if there are no games.

  10. By IRA on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    While SH’s catches were game winning catches so its hard to debate it. But Edwards’ [they need to re-sign him] catches were more difficult and the ones over the middle were unreal. He got hit so hard on so many and went up to get many that Mark threw too high. Plus he had only 4 drops the entire year which were right at the top with all WR’s.
    KW, Sorry have to root for the S. Roughriders they are green and white.

  11. By Randy Lange on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, I’m a conservative marker but I had Braylon for only one dropped pass all year, including playoffs. It came in the Monday night game vs. Minnesota.

  12. By Alex.G on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    too add to Braylons importance he was clutch for the Jets in many games, a lesser receiver would have not made some of the catches he made, and the one reception where he dragged 2 patriots in the endzone with him was awesome. the guy was a high light reel with the JETS atleast IMO….. GO JETS

  13. By Row on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    Ya, I’ll never forget one of Braylons first down catches in the playoffs. I think it was vs the Steelers, he went over the middle for like a 15 yarder and just got smashed. Got up all amped up. I’ve said from the start, we need Braylon over all the other WR’s. Go Jets

  14. By Tom Spicer on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    Alex G, I could not agree more Braylon was so clutch for us last year. He caught every ball, caught deep passes for us & went over the middle to make those tuff grabs took big hits & still held on to the ball. Sorry but TO, Ocho Cinco & Moss are not going over the middle & taking big hits mabye Plax would but who knows he has not played in years. You are better of going with a proven guy who has already been hear. I have said since day 1 Braylon should be the Jets #1 priority this year. if we lose Holmes we get a 1st & 3rd round pick back if we lose Braylon we get nothing.

  15. By scjoe on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    I have to agree with most here about BE, in my mind he was more clutch throughout the season then SH was. I would love to see both resigned, but if I had to choose one or the other it would have to be BE. Lets hope it is sooner rather then later.

  16. By Row on Jun 11, 2011 | Reply

    Braylon and TO would be an amazing tandem.. Just think about it. It would also solidify the locker room and show the fans we’re here to win. TO may want the ball, but I’ll take his 983 yards of offense, 9 TD’s and 72 catches in 14 games all day.. BTW, that smokes all WR’s currently on the roster. If anyone wanders where Turner came from, Sanchez threw to him in college.. He broke out after #6 left. Go Jets

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