The reason was the statement that it made early in Mark’s career. Yes, the Jets were running ground and pound, better in 2009 than they did any other year.
But, Mark Sanchez showed what he was made of that day. He made the throws that had to be made, especially on third down. Look at the stats, the Jets converted 10 third downs through the air. That is reflective of a quarterback that, although young, was mature enough to make the throws that had to be made, including the throws on the drive that decided the game.
The Jets came out for the second half, and were set up by a Leon Washington kickoff return to their own 44. Sanchez came out and hit Jerricho Cotchery deep to set the Jets up inside the 15, and two plays later was the decisive touchdown to Dustin Keller.
For the first time in his career, against their biggest rivals, Mark Sanchez came out and got the job done. That is why the game ranks on Mark’s top five in his career.
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