Drive of the game: Just run, baby

October, 16, 2012
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Looking back at the Jets' 35-9 win over the Colts:

The Drive: Fourteen plays, 80 yards, elapsed time 6:49. It culminated with a 5-yard TD pass from Mark Sanchez to Stephen Hill.

Outcome: The Jets took a 7-3 lead with 14:13 left in the second quarter and never looked back.

Impact: The offense had produced only one touchdown in its previous 28 possessions, so, yeah, it needed an impressive drive in the worst way. This may have been their best of the season because it contained several elements.

They ran the ball effectively (57 yards on nine attempts), with four different players contributing -- Shonn Greene, Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight and, yes, Tim Tebow. It was a clinic in power football, as all but seven rushing yards came between the tackles.

Sanchez didn't have to throw a lot (he was 3-for-5), but he converted on the two biggest pass plays, both to Hill. He hit Hill for nine yards on third-and-8 and, moments later, he found the rookie again for a 5-yard TD. That, too, was a third-down play.

In Tony Sparano's Ground-and-Pound world, this drive was a textbook example of what he's striving for.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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