The Jets fought through a bunch of problems in yesterday’s 24-20 win over the Broncos. But none of them was a lack of resolve.
And in the end, it was an desperate determination that sent the Jets (5-1) into their bye week on a five-game tear. Mark Sanchez, struggling all day and down 20-17, heaved it deep down the left sideline to Santonio Holmes, who had defensive back Renaldo Hill one-on-one near the goal line.
Hill reached around and caught Holmes’ facemask, and the flags came out for pass interference.
LaDainian Tomlinson took it in from the 1 for the winning score with 1:13 to play to keep the Jets on top of the AFC East.
Holmes thus atoned for a fumble that cost the Jets an earlier scoring opportunity. In fact, the Jets found forgiveness for much. The offense committed three turnovers, including Sanchez’ first two interceptions of the season. And the running game was nearly non-existent until Tomlinson broke a 20-yarder for a touchdown to tie at 17 in the fourth quarter.
The Jets fell behind and came back to tie or lead four times in the contest.
It finally ended when Dwight Lowery covered a fumbled snap with 35 seconds remaining to drop Denver to 2-4.