ESPNNewYork.com reporter Rich Cimini was in Mile High Stadium on Sunday and wrote a vivid piece on the white-knuckle ending to the Jets' victory over the Denver Broncos.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez helped the Jets overcome a late fourth-quarter deficit to win 24-20.
Sanchez had a difficult day overall, but was composed enough when the Jets took possession on their own 20-yard line with 3:55 to play and down by three points.
On the same plot of land where John Elway staged so many dramatic finishes, the Jets turned Elway-esque in the fourth quarter, overcoming 17-10 and 20-17 deficits. Sanchez was no Elway, not after two early interceptions that easily could've been four, but he shook off the awful start and got his team in winning position.
"Guys were excited in the huddle," Jets right guard Brandon Moore said. "I don't think it was like that in the past. There was always maybe a little doubt, like, 'Can we get it done?' This time, going into the huddle, I felt something was going to happen."
It came down to a fourth-and-6 play from Denver's 48-yard line.
Second for second, Cimini broke down what he called a "curious play call" from Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The end result was a pass interference flag on Broncos safety Renaldo Hill at the 2-yard line, setting up LaDainian Tomlinson's second fourth-quarter touchdown run.
"That's championship football," Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. "You don't want 'em -- you don't want these types of games -- but you need 'em. Championship teams need these games. It builds character and shows you can pull out a game when no one gives you a chance."