For Mark Sanchez, Sunday couldn’t come soon enough.
The New York Jets QB finally did what everyone was waiting for; he led the team to victory over the San Diego Chargers 27-21.
After throwing a bad first-quarter interception, Sanchez turned the page, finishing with a career-high tying three touchdown passes — all to Plaxico Burress.
As for the interception, Sanchez didn’t worry about it. “That’s kind of the way the ball bounces sometimes. I’m trying to get rid of the ball and didn’t put it on Dustin like I wanted to. So it’s an interception, so what. … It’s a long game, we’ll come back and win and that’s what we did.”
Sanchez finished 18-of-33 passing for 173 yards and the three touchdowns.
“I knew it was going to be a short week. I knew I’d have to bring my energy and focus and show these guys that we’re going to be on the field Sunday before you know it, so we’ve got get this work in. We got the same completions in practice that we got out here in the game, and it really showed, so I’m proud of those guys and they kept me going all week.”
In addition to the passing, Sanchez had a career long run when he scrambled 25 yards in the third quarter. Sanchez now has 278 rushing yards in his career, 99 behindKen O’Brien for fourth place on the franchise’s all-time rushing list for quarterbacks.
“It’s important for the momentum of your football team, for the way our season’s gone, to get a win here and just build on this,” Sanchez said. “[It] didn’t start great, and it hasn’t really been our thing to start fast, but we came out with a big win.”