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New York Jets beat Cleveland Browns 26-20 with OT touchdown

Santonio Holmes catches a pass from Mark Sanchez

Santonio Holmes catches a pass from Mark Sanchez and runs for yardage against the Cleveland Browns. (Nov. 14, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty

Given the Browns’ success of the past two weeks, the Jets didn’t go into yesterday’s game thinking it would be a walkover. They weren’t expecting an overtime affair, either.

But they came out of Cleveland with a 26-20 win, thanks to Santonio Holmes’ 37-yard touchdown catch with just 16 seconds remaining in the extra period. That made the 7-2 AFC East leaders’ second overtime victory in two weeks, officially making Mark Sanchez the luckiest quarterback in the league.

Lucky because his Jets survived an overtime interception that erased any possibility of field goal kicker Nick Folk winning it with a field goal. But the interception gave the Browns the ball at the 3, and when the defense stopped them on a three-and-out series, the Jets returned the punt to the 37.

That’s when Holmes caught a throw about 16 yards downfield. He deked the cornerback and slipped through untouched for the winning score, thus averting their first tie since 1988.

“I’m proud of our team’s resilience once again,” Sanchez said. “We played well at the end, and we needed to.”

Mohammed Massaquoi caught a touchdown pass from Colt McCoy with just 44 seconds remaining in regulation to knot the physical game at 20. It came just minutes after Mark Sanchez’ under thrown pass to Santonio Holmes and near interception by Abram Elam forced Nick Folk’s 25-yard field goal to turn a four-point lead into a touchdown advantage. Folk earlier missed from 24.

The Browns, who defeated the Steelers and Patriots the previous two weeks, fell to 3-6.

Sanchez finished 27-of-44 for 299 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Shonn Greene had 72 rushing yards on 20 attempts, and Holmes finished with five catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

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