The Jets got it done with the game on the line for the third time in four games. They rolled up 456 yards overall and Santonio Holmes is slowly stepping into the role as the Jets' big-game playmaker. His game-winning 37-yard score in overtime was vintage. Mark Sanchez barely missed out on his second consecutive 300-yard passing game, tossing for 299 with two TDs and an INT. But they left way too many plays on the field and Sanchez was nearly picked off by Abe Elam late in the fourth.
After letting the Browns control the first half and failing to manufacture a decent pass rush against rookie QB Colt McCoy, the Jets played much better in the second half. They got a better handle on Peyton Hillis, holding him to 22 yards after letting him run for 60 yards in the first half, and got to McCoy six times overall (three sacks, three QB hits). Still, they couldn't stop Cleveland on the game-tying drive at the end of regulation.
Nick Folk had missed three attempts coming into the game and matched that output in one tough afternoon. He connected on 2 of 5 attempts, missing from 48, 24 and 47 yards. His miscue on the 24-yarder with less than five minutes left in the third quarter was a serious letdown because it wasted a 19-play drive. A bright spot? Jim Leonhard's 18-yard punt return to Cleveland's 37 that set up Holmes' winning TD.
The end-of-game management inconsistencies continue. They got a bit too conservative at the end of regulation despite having two timeouts in their pocket. They had 35 seconds to at least try to get a first down and take it from there but eschewed that opportunity and instead ran one conservative play before letting the clock run out. Rex Ryan said it was his call, and luckily for him, the Jets didn't have to settle for a tie in overtime.