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Faulty clock management almost burns Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets almost blew Monday night's game by mismanaging the clock just before the two-minute warning.

Leading the Minnesota Vikings, 22-20, with 2:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Jets called a second-down pass play and it was incomplete, stopping the clock with 2:04. The Vikings had no timeouts remaining. As a result, the Jets were forced to run another play before the two-minute warning. The faux pas nearly backfired on them.

Essentially, Rex Ryan exonerated offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, claiming he was on board with the decision to pass. Ryan suggested that QB Mark Sanchez goofed by having the ball snapped so quickly.

"I was like, 'Let's throw it,' but I never thought we'd snap the ball early," Ryan said. "That was a huge, huge problem there, but we overcame it."

Said Sanchez: "I snapped it too early. That was definitely a mistake ... We got away with one there."

Other notes:

• It was a rough night for Sanchez, who underthrew Santonio Holmes on two long balls and missed open receivers in the end zone before the half. He completed only 21 of 44 passes for 191 yards. Said Sanchez: "I missed a couple. There's no excuse for it." But, on the positive side, he went turnover-free for the fifth game.

"You're surprised?" he asked a reporter, joking. "Sometimes last year it felt like I was giving it away like it was my job."

• OLB Calvin Pace, who missed the first four games after a broken foot, made his 2010 debut. He started and played virtually the entire game, recording 1 1/2 sacks and three hits on the quarterback. Pace lamented the ones that got away.

“Probably not one of my better performances, but it was good to get out there and be apart of that win,” he said. He aid his sack of Brett Favre "felt great. But I didn’t feel so good to miss two (sacks).”

• For the last two weeks, the Jets have used a misdirection running play that, according to players, they stole from the New Orleans Saints. Hey, the NFL is a copycat league, right? Shonn Greene's 23-yard touchdown came on the misdirection play. He started left and cut back to the right, with RT Damien Woody making a key block. It was Greene's first touchdown of the season.

• PK Nick Folk set a new career mark with five field goals. So far, he's 12-for-14. His 53-yarder tied a career long.

Dwight Lowery's interception return for a touchdown was the first TD of his NFL career.

• With everyone wondering how the passes would be distributed with Holmes in the lineup, here's a breakdown on where Sanchez' passes were targeted:

Braylon Edwards -- 11

Jerricho Cotchery -- 10

LaDainian Tomlinson -- 7

Santonio Holmes -- 9

Dustin Keller -- 5

John Conner -- 1