Thursday, January 16, 2014
10 plays that shaped the season (No. 4)
By Rich Cimini
We're counting down the 10 most important plays of the New York Jets' season. After presenting numbers six through 10 in one post, we'll take it one at a time from five to one.
No. 4: Antonio Allen's pick six against Tom Brady
The second-year safety made the biggest defensive play of the season, a momentum-swinging interception that fueled the Jets' come-from-behind win against the New England Patriots in Week 7. Down 21-10 at halftime, seemingly headed toward another blowout loss to their No. 1 nemesis, Allen undercut a pass to Rob Gronkowski and returned the interception 23 yards for a touchdown.
"I don't think I had time to look at the quarterback," Allen said afterward. "I think the ball was already there. As soon as I turned, it was already in my hand. [I'm like], "Appreciate it." It was a good spark for the team, and we came out victorious."
Allen's big play occurred on the second play of the third quarter. After that, the Jets played arguably their best defense of the season, limiting Brady & Co. to two field goals over the next two-plus quarters. The Jets won in overtime, 30-27, one of their signature victories in 2013.