A game-by-game look at how the Jets went 8-8 in 2011.
WEEK 1: JETS 27, COWBOYS 24 (Sept. 11, 2011)
Trailing 24-17 with the Cowboys at their 2-yard line, it looked like the Jets needed a miracle for a comeback. They got it. Romo fumbled the ball at the three, preventing Dallas from scoring an insurance touchdown; the Jets then blocked a punt two drives later and returned it for a touchdown to tie the game at 24; and finally Darrelle Revis picked off Tony Romo with 0:49 remaining to set up a game-winning field goal by Nick Folk. Plaxico Burress had a huge day in his return to the field, finishing with 72 yards receiving and a touchdown, all in the second half.
Record: 1-0 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 2: JETS 32, JAGUARS 3 (Sept. 18, 2011)
The Jets got off to a quick start on the first drive of the game, which resulted in touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes. Jacksonville's first drive of the game ended in a safety when first-round pick Muhammad Wilkerson sacked Luke McCown. McCown was 6-for-19 for 59 yards and threw four interceptions, twice picked off by Antonio Cromartie. Mark Sanchez, who was rested for most of the fourth quarter, finished 17-of-24 for 182 yards with touchdowns to Holmes and Dustin Keller. It was a scary moment for the Jets when Nick Mangold left with an ankle injury late in the first quarter and didn’t return.
Record: 2-0 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 3: RAIDERS 34, JETS 24 (Sept. 25, 2011)
The Jets opened up a 17-7 lead in the second quarter with solid play from Mark Sanchez and LaDainian Tomlinson. Then Darren McFadden happen. The Raiders' running back ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries as the Jets' run defense fell apart. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie was called for four penalties and also botched a kickoff return.
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WEEK 4: RAVENS 34, JETS 17 (Oct. 2, 2011)
Mark Sanchez fumbled four times -- including one returned for a touchdown on the Jets' first snap. Baltimore cashed in four touchdowns off the four turnovers as they defeated the Jets for the seventh consecutive time. The Ravens had Sanchez, who has nine turnovers in his last four games, running for his life from the outset. In their first 17 plays, the Jets had only two first downs, turned the ball over three times and allowed two defensive scores.
Record: 2-2 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 5: PATRIOTS 31, JETS 20 (Oct. 9, 2011)
The Jets couldn't overcome their slow start offensively and didn't do enough to contain Tom Brady and New England's machine-like offense, falling 30-21 at Gillette Stadium. It's their third consecutive defeat, dropping them to 2-3 after a 2-0 start. Mark Sanchez threw for two touchdowns, completing 16 of 26 passes for 166 yards, and Shonn Greene had his best rushing output of the season, churning out 83 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
Record: 2-3 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 6: JETS 24, DOLPHINS 6 (Oct. 17, 2011)
The Jets overcame another sluggish start and found a way to ignite their offense after four consecutive three-and-outs to start the game. They rode Mark Sanchez's touchdown run and touchdown pass and Darrelle Revis' 100-yard interception return for a score, ending their losing streak at three games with a nondescript 24-6 victory over Miami. Sanchez completed 14 of 25 passes for 201 yards, and Shonn Greene gained 74 yards on 21 carries.
Record: 3-3 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 7: JETS 27, CHARGERS 21 (Oct. 23, 2011)
Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown tosses to Plaxico Burress, including the go-ahead 3-yarder with 8:21 remaining, to help propel the Jets to a much-needed 27-21 victory over the Chargers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. The Jets trailed 21-10 at halftime but outscored San Diego 17-0 in the second half. It's the second time in Burress' 10-year career he's caught three touchdown passes in a game.
Record: 4-3 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 8: BYE
Sunday, Oct. 30
WEEK 9: JETS 27, BILLS 11 (Nov. 6, 2011)
The Jets scored 17 points in a nearly seven-minute stretch of the third quarter, cranking things up a notch after a sluggish first half, and knocked off the Bills, 27-11, at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It was the Jets' first road win after three losses. The Jets simply shut Buffalo's offense down, yielding just 287 yards, including 80 yards on the Bills' only touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter when the Jets had the game well in hand.
Record: 5-3 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 10: PATRIOTS 37, JETS 16 (Nov. 13, 2011)
The Jets killed themselves with three second-half turnovers, leading directly to 17 points, and Tom Brady carved them up for three touchdowns as the Patriots won, 37-16, at MetLife Stadium. The Pats rattled off 10 points in a six-minute span in the third quarter, turning a four-point halftime lead into a 23-9 bulge with 4:44 left in the third. The Patriots (6-3) took over sole possession of first place in the AFC East and the Jets (5-4) slipped into a second-place tie with the Bills.
Record: 5-4 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 11: BRONCOS 17, JETS 13 (Nov. 17, 2011)
A short week after a disappointing loss spelled trouble for the Jets. Instead of the team's defense, though, it was an inept offense - specifically Mark Sanchez - that cost New York. Both Sanchez and the rushing attack were largely ineffective, allowing an anemic Broncos offense to stay in the game. In the end, it was Tim Tebow making New York play, the quarterback leading a late fourth quarter drive that ended in the game-deciding score.
Record: 5-5 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 12: JETS 28, BILLS 24 (Nov. 27, 2011)
Mark Sanchez's 16-yard toss to Santonio Holmes with 1:01 left gave the Jets a thrilling 28-24 win over the Bills at MetLife Stadium and kept their playoff hopes alive. Sanchez's pass to Holmes was his fourth touchdown toss of the game, a career high. He threw TD passes of 3 and 18 yards to Keller and a 14-yarder to Plaxico Burress and finished 17-for-35 for 180 yards and one interception. Sanchez really picked it up in the second half, completing 9 of 15 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns and recording a 123.3 passer rating. He was especially on point in the fourth quarter and was a huge reason the Jets snapped their two-game losing streak.
Record: 6-5 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 13: JETS 34, REDSKINS 19 (Dec. 4, 2011)
Mark Sanchez threw a go-ahead 30-yard touchdown to Santonio Holmes with just five minutes left and Shonn Greene had touchdown runs of 9 and 25 yards in the closing 3:42 as the Jets rallied from a three-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to score a 34-19 victory over the Redskins. The win helps the Jets (7-5) keep pace in the AFC playoff picture. They are in a virtual four-way tie with Cincinnati, Denver and Tennessee for the conference's final wild-card spot.
Record: 7-5 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 14: JETS 37, CHIEFS 10 (Dec. 11, 2011)
Mark Sanchez threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as the Jets kept pace in the AFC playoff race by cruising to a 37-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Jets, plagued by slow starts all season, scored 28 points in the first half and were helped by an inept Chiefs offense that managed just 4 total yards in the first two quarters. Shonn Greene had a season-high 129 yards rushing and a score, and Santonio Holmes and LaDainian Tomlinson each caught touchdown passes for the Jets (8-5), who have won three straight and improved to 6-1 at home.
Record: 8-5 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 15: EAGLES 45, JETS 19 (Dec. 18, 2011)
The Eagles jumped out to a 28-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back, embarrassing the Jets in Philadelphia. Santonio Holmes was the Jets' main offender, fumbling the ball once, bobbling a catchable ball that Asante Samuel ended up picking off, and then costing the Jets 15 yards for excessive celebration following a touchdown. New York had a chance to make a game out of it, down 28-13 with the ball to start the third quarter, but their drive stalled at Philadelphia's 39-yard line. Despite the loss, the Jets remained in position to make the playoffs, sixth place in the AFC.
Record: 8-6 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 16: GIANTS 29, JETS 14 (Dec. 24, 2011)
The Jets scored a touchdown, a five-yard pass from Mark Sanchez to Josh Baker, on their opening drive. After that, it was all downhill. Gang Green didn't find the end zone again until midway through the fourth quarter, and despite keeping it close - the late score made it 20-14, Giants - Sanchez and the offense made too many mistakes to come away with the win. Sanchez wound up throwing 59 passes and two interceptions in the loss. It was the fifth straight 'L' for the Jets in regular season games against their cross-stadium rival.
Record: 8-7 | Game story | Game stats
WEEK 17: DOLPHINS 19, JETS 17 (Jan. 1, 2012)
With a slim shot at the playoffs on the line, the Jets fell in their regular season finale, 19-17, in Miami. The loss stung with postseason hopes still hanging in the balance, but the Titans defeated the Texans minutes later, which would have eliminated the Jets anyway. Mark Sanchez tossed three interceptions in the loss to give his skeptics more ammo heading into the offseason. Miami, meanwhile, took the lead in the final quarter, capping a 21-play, 94-yard drive that took 12:29 off the clock and propelled the Dolphins to a 13-10 lead.
Record: 8-8 | Game story | Game stats