The reason this game comes in at number 2 is Mark Sanchez’s maturity. He showed a coolness under pressure that went far beyond his years.
Look at how the game unfolded late. The Jets took the ball up by 1, 14-13, with 4:37 left in the contest. The Jets needed to move the chains, and run the clock out. They couldn’t do it. They went three and out, but even got a gift of a running into the kicker call, giving them a first down. They again went three and out, including an ill-advised pass on third down which stopped the clock.
The Jets punted to the Colts, and Peyton led his team to a go ahead field goal with 0:57 seconds remaining.
Mark could have folded up like a tent here and ended the Jets season, but he didn’t.
The Jets took over after a huge Cromartie kickoff return at their own 46. A completion to Braylon Edwards for 9 yards, and Santonio Holmes for 11, and the Jets were in business at the Colts’ 34. 2 plays later, Mark hit Braylon Edwards with a huge 18 yard hookup to the Colts’ 14, which gave way to the Nick Folk game winner.
To stay in there for a game where he looked pretty mediocre, and not fold up until the final gun. To have the character to lead the team on one more drive, against all odds, to a win, is why the game is on the list. Specifically, number 2 on the list.