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Added November 18th, 2011 by Chalk
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Tebow Beats Jets On Last-Minute Touchdown Run

The New York Jets defense contained Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow for just over 59 minutes on Sunday night, but that wasn’t enough. Tebow ran 20 yards for the winning touchdown with 58 seconds left in the game to give the Broncos a hard-fought 17-13 home win over the Jets. Gang Green is now in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs at 5-5.

The Jets defense allowed Denver’s offense only 229 yards the entire game, but 96 came on Tebow’s game-winning drive that started with just under six minutes left in the game. The Jets defense had forced the Broncos to punt on eight straight drives prior to that, and wouldn’t have even been able to lose the game if Mark Sanchez hadn’t thrown a game-tying pick-six in the third quarter. “We played them well, through the whole game, until that last play,” said Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who earlier in the week worried he’d be bored by Denver’s lack of a passing game.

On Thursday, Tebow did at least complete more passes than he had rushes (9-of-20 passing for 104 yards versus 8 carries for 68 yards). But now that he’s won four of his five starts to get the Broncos back to .500 and half a game behind the Oakland Raiders for first place in the AFC West, the Tim Tebow is a magical winner who only wins argument is only getting louder. “I always say it’s that ‘It’ factor,” explains Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, who didn’t have a catch in the game but did attempt one incomplete pass. “You either got it or you don’t. It’s almost magical, to come in on that last drive of the game and to do the things that he’s done to win a game. It’s pretty special.”

Sanchez finished his night 24 for 40 for 252 passing yards, with no touchdowns, three sacks, and the one critical interception. Still Sanchez still has the support of at least some teammates. “He’s the guy we’ve got to ride and die with for the rest of the season,” said Jets receiver Santonio Holmes. “He has to step it up. I believe in him.”

The Jets are 2.5 games behind the Bengals and Ravens for the AFC’s two wild cards, but the past two seasons the Jets have seemed dead only to sneak into the playoffs and make it to the AFC Championship Game.  This might be the year they’ve pushed their luck too far, but I almost expect them to catch the Bengals for the final playoff spot.

 
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