Final: 9-0, Packers
The Jets were shutout for the first time since 2006 and it's the Packers' first shutout on the road since 1991. With the loss, the Jets fall to 5-2. Their position in first place in the AFC East depends on what the Patriots do against the Vikings today. Mark Sanchez threw for a season-high 256 yards (16-for-38) but had two interceptions, though both were balls his receivers had ripped away. LaDainian Tomlinson was held to 54 yards on 16 carries and Shonn Greene managed 22 yards on six runs. Jerricho Cotchery had four catches for a game-high 89 yards, but had a drop and wasn't able to secure the catch on the play that led to Sanchez's first interception. Aaron Rodgers was just 15-for-34 for 170 yards. All the offense came from Mason Crosby, who was 3-for-4 on field goals. The Jets totaled 360 yards but were done in by three turnovers and seven penalties.
The Jets force a 3-and-out on the Packers' first possession. On a third-and-6 from Green Bay's 27, Rodgers' pass over the middle was almost intercepted by Brodney Pool. The ball was headed right for him but it deflected off another Jet and fell incomplete.
The Jets went 3-and-out on their first possession, too. After LaDainian Tomlinson's 5-yard run off left guard, Mark Sanchez threw incomplete twice. The first was a deflection off Santonio Holmes on a quick slant (probably could've been caught), and his third-down throw was batted down by defensive end Cullen Jenkins.
On a fourth-and-18 from their own 20 with 6:36 left in the first quarter, the Jets got gutsy and opted for a fake punt. Punter Steve Weatherford took the snap and sprinted around the right end, broke free up the right sideline and dove for what first appeared to be the first down. The Packers are challenging the spot of the ball, disputing that his left foot stepped out of bounds at about the 36, two yards short of the first-down marker... And the decision is in: Weatherford was ruled out at the 36 and the Jets turn it over on downs.
Mason Crosby gets the Packers on the board with a 20-yard field goal at 4:45. The decision to run a fake punt backfired (a bit) on the Jets. The Packers offense took over at the Jets' 36 and moved it to the 2 on four plays, setting up Crosby's kick. 3-0, Packers
A Brad Smith fumble is under review. On a first-and-10 from the Packers' 33 to open the second quarter, Smith took a direct snap and came off left tackle for four yards and lost the ball as he was gang tackled. The Jets challenged the ball, arguing that his knee was down before the ball came out. It was really close; the ball appeared to come loose just as the knee hit. That doesn't look good for the Jets, since there might not be enough evidence of the contrary to overrule the initial ruling of a fumble... And, after review, the call stands. The Packers take over at their 29.
The Packers couldn't capitalize on the turnover. On third-and-10 from the Jets' 44, Rodgers threw for Andrew Quarless - Long Island's own - on a post and the tight end dropped it. The ensuing punt, however, pinned the Jets back to their 10.
Sanchez was intercepted by Tramon Williams at the Packers' 40 with 4:48 left in the half - through no fault of his own. Sanchez hit Jerricho Cotchery on a slant and the catch was made, but Williams wrestled the ball away from the receiver as they went to the ground and came up with it. On replays it appeared that the two were down before Williams was able to gain possession, and the Jets challenged it, but such plays technically aren't reviewable and the initial ruling was upheld. The Jets are now out of challenges for the game and timeouts for the remainder of the first half.
Again, the Packers couldn't take advantage of the turnover. Crosby (and the wind) pulled a wobbly kick wide left - by a lot - on a 45-yard field goal attempt with 1:59 left in the half.
Halftime: 3-0, Packers
Well, my prediction of both offenses cracking 20 points isn't looking good right now. The Jets have managed a couple decent drives and totaled 148 yards, but they've done nothing what they have gotten. They've hamstrung themselves with two turnovers (a fumble and interception) and a turnover on downs (on Weatherford's fake punt scamper that came up two yards short of the first down). Lucky for them, the Packers haven't done much better. Green Bay has 122 yards of offense and the passing game looks sloppy. Crosby's 20-yard field goal in the first quarter - set up by the failed fake punt - has been the only scoring.
Mark Sanchez is just 10-for-20 with 97 yards, but Aaron Rodgers is 7-for-21 with 85 yards. Tomlinson is the Jets' leading rusher with 33 yards on 10 carries and Brandon Jackson has 48 yards - 27 on a run in the last minute of the half - for the Packers. Holmes has three catches for 43 yards, which is one of the few positives for the Jets offense. For the IDP fantasy leaguers: David Harris has three tackles and a sack and Green Bay corner Tramon Williams has four tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
The wind bites the Jets, too. Nick Folk missed a field goal from 37 yards out with 3:49 left in the quarter. The kick looked to be on target when it took flight, but it quickly drifted far to the right. It was Folk's second miss from inside 40 yards. He's now 13-for-16 on field goals this season. As the third quarter winds down, the Packers still hold a 3-0 lead.
The Jets turned it over again with 10:42 left to play. They'd driven to the Packers' 37, but a holding call on Dustin Keller moved them back to the 47, and Sanchez's short pass for the tight end on 1st-and-20 was ripped away by Charles Woodson at the 43. Keller had it but, similar to the Tramon Williams interception earlier, the ball was pulled away as the receiver went down and ruled an interception... Before the penalty and turnover, the Jets were on one of their few good drives today. Starting from their 18, they reached the Packers' 37. The big play was a 32-yard completion to Braylon Edwards (his first reception). On a 2nd-and-18 from the Jets' 20, after Cotchery recovered his own fumble on a botched end-around, Sanchez hit Edwards on a go route up the left sideline. The pass was underthrown (wind-smacked, possibly), but Edwards slowed up and reached down to make the catch at his ankles.
After a long period of idle, the scoreboard was put to use again as the Packers extended their lead on Crosby's 41-yard field goal with 6:41 remaining. The ball did drift right on the kick, but it stayed a couple feet inside the goal post. Green Bay's drive went 34 yards on eight plays and was set up by the Woodson interception. The big play was Rodgers' 14-yard completion to Jordy Nelson that moved them to the Jets' 26. 6-0, Packers
The Jets got into Packers territory for the fourth time today and, again, came away with nothing. Keller's 40-yard catch-and-run (after Sanchez rolled right and lobbed the ball to him over the middle) got them to Green Bay's 37. But on a fourth-and-8 from the 45 with 4:18 left, Sanchez's pass to Cotchery - about 15 yards down field to the left - fell incomplete. There was contact, but no flags.
The Jets forced a quick three-and-out and called their final timeout with 3:59 remaining. Tim Masthay's punt bounced out of bounds at the 23.
The Jets turned it over on downs again, this time at their 22. On a third-and-5 from their 28, Sanchez was sacked by Clay Matthews, who beat Damien Woody with a spin move. The Jets, without a timeout, went for it on fourth-and-11 but Sanchez's deep pass up the right sideline for Edwards was high and went incomplete. The Packers took over with 2:30 left.
The Packers, essentially, ended the game with Crosby's 40-yard field goal. Already in field goal range, they ran the game clock down to 0:32 before calling a timeout to set up the kick. Crosby got it just inside the left upright. 9-0, Packers