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Santonio Holmes catches the go-ahead touchdown in the Jets' 34-19 win over Washington. (Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger)

Jets Mark Sanchez connects with Santonio Holmes for game-winning TD

Sometimes it looks so easy, it makes you wonder why it doesn’t happen more often.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez connected with wide receiver Santonio Holmes for a 30 yard touchdown that put the Jets ahead for good on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

With a beautiful double-move to beat Washington cornerback Josh Wilson, Holmes made a catch over his right shoulder with 4:51 to play.

“It had been a long time coming,” Sanchez said of Holmes’ late reception. “And it worked out when it did, so that was great.”

The catch marked the second week in a row that Holmes caught a go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown.  Receiving a five-year deal worth almost $50 million before this season, Holmes is starting to earn that contract.

“It was a play that had to be made for us,” Holmes said. “It was a double-move route and he jumped all over the first part of the route, and the rest was history.

“Mark Sanchez put the ball right in a great place for me to catch it and that’s the ball game.”

“He had four catches on the game, but again, he is here to be a difference maker,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “When we needed it the most, he made a huge play.”

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