Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Drive of the Game: Kerley TD
By Rich Cimini
The Jets had gone 18 straight possessions without a touchdown -- shades of the preseason -- when they got the ball with 5:34 remaining in the fourth quarter, trailing by four points Sunday to the Dolphins. Somehow, they managed to overcome the bad karma to produce an eight-play, 53-yard touchdown drive, ending with Mark Sanchez's 7-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Kerley.
Jeremy Kerley scores in the fourth quarter.
This was anything but flawless -- Sanchez overthrew a wide-open Chaz Schilens on what could've been a 69-yard TD -- but the Jets made a few alert plays to keep the drive going.
Sanchez went 4-for-6 for 59 yards, hitting Santonio Holmes twice. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano made his best call of the day, a screen pass away from a Miami blitz -- a 19-yard gain to Bilal Powell. (A holding call on Holmes cost them 10 yards on the play. Like we said, this drive wasn't perfect.)
On the touchdown play, Sanchez once again beat a Dolphins blitz. Miami sent everybody, and Sanchez calmly found his hot receiver, Kerley, on a slant. Kerley was covered by safety Jimmy Wilson, a great matchup for the Jets.
Despite all their offensive struggles, the Jets managed two minutes, 33 seconds of good, taking a 20-17 lead. The Dolphins tied it, of course, with the Jets prevailing in OT, 23-20. But they never would've made it to OT if the TD drought had hit 19 in a row.