Monday, December 10, 2012
Five plays that shaped the game
By Rich Cimini
Reviewing some of the key plays from the Jets' 17-10 win over the Jaguars:
1. The quacker. LB Garrett McIntyre made the hit of the day, coming on a delayed blitz and blasting QB Chad Henne as he released a third-and-1 pass from the Jets' 11. The wounded duck floated in the thick air and came down to LB Bart Scott at the 6-yard line for an easy interception. Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey outsmarted himself, calling for a pass after a successful start on the ground. This is why the Jaguars are 2-11.
Bart Scott's interception ended a scoring threat by the Jaguars.
2. Saved by replay. The Jets were spared a 10-0 deficit when replay overturned a 62-yard fumble return by former Jets safety Dwight Lowery, who scooped up a Jeremy Kerley fumble and took it to the house in the second quarter. The replay showed that Kerley touched Lowery, meaning he was down by contact. A touchdown would've changed the complexion of the game.
3. Go Greene. Shonn Greene did the grunt work, so it was only fitting that he scored the Jets' first touchdown, a one-yard run to give the Jets a 7-3 lead. It was a nine-play, 57-yard drive, and Greene carried the ball on six of them. It was his first touchdown since Week 7. The Jets attacked the most vulnerable area of the Jaguars' defense. Going into the game, the Jaguars had allowed a league-high 12 touchdowns on runs up the middle, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
4. Powell power. The Jets made it 17-3 on a four-yard touchdown run by Bilal Powell. He powered up the middle, receiving key blocks from FB Lex Hilliard and LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson. It was Powell's fourth touchdown in the last four games.
5. Breathing room. The Jets were afraid to let Mark Sanchez air it out, but they had little choice on a third-and-8 from their own 13 with 2:56 left in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for the Jets, the Jaguars played a basic Cover-2, with TE Jeff Cumberland running a post route between the two safeties. Sanchez hit him in stride, a critical first down that changed field position and allowed them to eat clock.