EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Plaxico Burress was the only captain the Jets sent to midfield for the pregame coin toss. But if Jets coach Rex Ryan was trying to spark Burress’ game against his former team, it didn’t work out as planned.
“I think they were weary of me going down the field and making plays,” Burress said. They weren’t going to let it happen. We had a couple of times in the second quarter where I caught the ball out of bounds, where we caught them in some single coverages, but for the most part they were just really (in) a lot of doubles on the outside, just really weren’t going to let me get into a groove.”
Burress caught 3-of-6 balls from Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez for just 34 yards. His opportunities became fewer and fewer until in the fourth quarter, he was only thrown at once. After taking the pass into the end zone it was called back for pass interference on the Jets wide receiver.
“I just wanted to win the game,” Burress said. “It didn’t matter who we were playing. We needed this game to get into the playoffs and it just happened to be my old team. Like I said, we just didn’t get it done today.”
Not that Burress was the only Jet receiver to struggle. Sanchez threw 59 passes. TE Dustin Keller was 8-of-18 for 77 yards and Santonio Holmes was 4-of-9 for 50 yards. In the two weeks prior to the Giants game, Burress had just one catch.