For all the grief and attitude he was supposed to bring, the New York Jets sure are lucky they have Plaxico Burress.
It wasn’t his seventh TD catch he made in Sunday’s 28-24 Jets win over the Buffalo Bills that gave Jets fans thanks; it was Burress’ spectacular 18 yard catch along the sidelines with under 2 minutes remaining and the Jets trailing 24-21.
The catch, coming on a 3rd and 11 from the Buffalo 36, just may have saved the Jets season.
Two plays after Burress’ catch, Sanchez found Santonio Holmes in the end zone on a 16-yard touchdown with 1:01 remaining to give the Jets the 28-24 win at MetLife Stadium.
“I had my eyes closed,’’ linebacker Bart Scott said. “I was praying. I swear to God. That was our season.’’
Had Burress not come down with the catch, the Jets would have been faced with a 54-yard field goal attempt to tie the game.
“It saved our season,’’ linebacker Calvin Pacesaid of Burress’ catch. “Somebody had to make a play for us and he got the job done.’’
“It was crazy,’’ Darrelle Revis said. “He’s already 6-5 and then he has those ‘Go-Go-Gadget’ arms. It was a crazy catch, one of the best catches I’ve seen.’’
“I didn’t think he was going to throw it, but he did,’’ Burress said.
Burress said he told the players in the huddle, “This drive defines our team, defines our offense,” at the start of that final series.
“I don’t know how many receivers in the league are going to make that catch; the way he went up, one-handed. … It was a ridiculous catch,” head coach Rex Ryan said.
“I don’t know if words do it justice,’’ Quarterback Mark Sanchez said. “It was a big-time catch in a crucial situation and it gave us the chance to take the lead.’’