Oct. 17, 2010. Jets in Denver. Late in the fourth quarter. Broncos ahead 20-17.
Mark Sanchez throws a deep ball intended for Santonio Holmes close to the Denver end zone. Holmes is right there, but the pass is incomplete. Uh oh.
But wait. Hold on.
Safety Renaldo Hill is called for pass interference since he made contact with Holmes and grabbed his facemask. The penalty goes for 46 yards.
The “Rocky Mountain Miracle,” Rich Cimini called it in his column.
On the very next play, LaDainian Tomlinson runs for a two-yard touchdown with 1:13 remaining.
Jets, 24, Broncos 20.
At the time, the win gave Gang Green five straight victories and a 5-1 record. Had no penalty have been called, the Jets would’ve been 4-2. Who knows what would’ve happened.
“I wish I had scored a touchdown on it,” Holmes said Tuesday, two days before this season’s Jets-Broncos contest in the Mile High City. “It would’ve been a more memorable play for me.
“But team-wise, it jump-started us and we put together a string of victories at that time, so let’s hope we can do it again this week.”
After the game, Holmes had this to say: “I think I would’ve made the catch [if I wasn’t interfered with]. I was watching the ball the whole time.”