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article imageNFL: Jets come from behind to get 27-21 win over Chargers

By Austin Tyler     Oct 24, 2011 in Sports
East Rutherford - With the shots that were exchanged before the game by the head coaches Rex Ryan and Norv Turner, you knew this game was going to be tough. For a while during the game the San Diego Chargers looked like they were going seal the deal, but couldn’t.
The New York Jets (4-3) hosted the San Diego Chargers (4-2) in a matchup that was extremely hyped thanks to words that was said by Head Coach Rex Ryan earlier in the week. Ryan said that he would have had two rings already with the teams Head Coach Norv Turner had because they were loaded. Turner returned by saying he wonder if Ryan had those two rings he guaranteed the last two years. This game was not for a ring, but it was played with a very intense passion.
The Jets got the ball to start the drive and they came out running the ball with former Charger LaDainian Tomlinson (5 carries, 14 yards). Tomlinson had three straight runs for a total of 13-yards and a first-down. Mark Sanchez (18/33, 173, 3 TD’s, 1 Int) dropped back and hit Dustin Keller (4 receptions, 53 yards) with a 4-yard pass. Keller was hit by Donald Butler who forced him to fumble and then returned 37-yards for a touchdown. That gave the Chargers a quick 7-0 lead.
New York got the ball back and began to move again as they went 60-yards on this drive. Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes (2 receptions, 24 yards) with an 8-yard pass. He then hit Plaxico Burress (4 receptions, 25 yards, 3 TD’s) for a 15-yard pass before he was pushed out of bounds. The Jets then went back to the ground game, but with Shonn Greene (20 carries, 112 yards) who had a 24-yard run on the drive. The drive then stalled and Nick Folk came on to kick a 35-yard field-goal. That made it a 7-3 game.
After a Chargers punt the Jets got the ball back and moved the ball tried to move it on this drive. Sanchez hit Keller with a 34-yard pass and later hit him with a 10-yard pass that got them in San Diego territory. Sanchez had hit Holmes with a 23-yard touchdown pass, but it was nullified by a holding penalty. Two plays later Sanchez tried to hit Burress, but it was picked off by Eric Weddle.
San Diego took over and went on a 14-play drive that covered 68-yards. They used Ryan Mathews (13 carries, 39 yards) to start the drive as he had a 9-yard run. Philip Rivers (16/32, 179 yards, 1 TD, 2 Int’s) then hit Antonio Gates (5 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD) with two 12-yard pass to gain first-downs. He also connected with Vincent Jackson for his only catch of the game for 15-yards. Mike Tolbert (11 carries, 58 yards, 1 TD) then took over on the ground and with back-to-back runs. Rivers and Gates connected again on a 2-yard pass to finish the drive and give the Chargers a 14-3 lead.
The Jets did not panic as they got the ball moving again on their drive by using Greene and the running game. Sanchez then hit Holmes with a 16-yard pass, and then connected with Tomlinson with a 19-yard pass that went for 19-yards. Sanchez then finished the drive with a 3-yard pass to Burress for the Jets first touchdown of the game. Burress catch made it a 14-10 game with 7:18 left in the game.
Tolbert opened the drive for the Chargers with a 29-yard run after the kickoff. Rivers then hit Malcom Floyd (2 receptions, 36 yards) on a 28-yard pass. The Chargers got a pass interference call that put them on the Jets eight-yard line. Tolbert then finished the drive with a 1-yard run to give the Chargers a 21-10 lead with the touchdown and 1:16 left to go in the half. New York could do nothing with the ball and had to punt after six-plays and 14 yards to end the half.
San Diego got the ball to start the second half and was unable to move the ball and was forced to punt. Both teams traded punts until the Jets got the ball at the 7:30 mark. Greene had a 10-yard run, and then Sanchez started moving it through the air. Jeremy Kerley (4 receptions, 29 yards) and Sanchez connected on two passes to keep the drive going. Greene then had a 15-yard run to get the bed on a San Diego four-yard line. Sanchez then hit Burress with another touchdown pass, but this one was for 4-yards, and to make it a 21-17 game.
The Chargers had the ball to start the fourth quarter after a Jets punt. Rivers connected Mathews on a 9-yard pass, and then Mathews had a 9-yard run to get a first down. Rivers later hit Randy McMichael (3 receptions, 45 yards) with a 30-yard pass to get a first down. Rivers tried to throw another pass, but Darrelle Revis picked it off and returned it 64-yards to set the Jets up with great field position.
Greene then had a 10-yard run to start the drive, and a 3-yard run to get them to the 6-yardline. Sanchez then hit Burress with a 3-yard touchdown pass for his third touchdown of the game. Burress touchdown finally got the Jets in front 24-21 with 8:41 to go in the game.
Rivers and Mathews then tried to get the Chargers down the field as they used the run and the pass to try and get going. Rivers hit Mathews with a 7-yard pass, but on the next play Rivers was picked off by Kyle Wilson. Wilson’s interception pretty much sealed the win for the Jets with only 5:23 left in the game.
The Chargers came out and used the run to try and milk the clock. Greene had back-to-back runs. Joe McKnight (3 carries, 11 yards) even got in on the action as he had an 11-yard run. The drive then stalled as the Chargers called timeouts to extend the game. Folk came on and kicked in a 30-yard field-goal this time as he made it a 27-21 game.
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