New York Jets’ Top Ten Moments of 2013: Number Ten

Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis (93) lines up for a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers won the game 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Now with Super Bowl 48 set for two weeks from yesterday, we have a lot of time now to wait for the big one to commence at MetLife Stadium. While we are waiting, let’s take a look back at the Jets’ 2013 season. Specifically, we are going to countdown the top ten moments for the Jets’ in the 2013 season.

They certainly had moments that would qualify for the worst moments of the season, but they had some exciting moments as well. There were enough to make a list, so let’s get right to it, starting with number ten:

LATE SECOND QUARTER: JETS AT FALCONS

It was an early season Monday Night Football game between the Jets and the Falcons, week five to be specific. The Jets were up by ten, 17-7, after a touchdown pass from Geno Smith to Jeremy Kerley. The Jets were pretty much dominating in this rare prime time appearance in 2013.

The Falcons took the ball on the ensuing drive, using the rest of the half. They drove it from their own 24 yard line, before the drive ended on the Jets’ one yard line. The Jets led at the half, 17-7, before winning the football game late by a score of 30-28.

Why does the moment in the second quarter qualify for this list? Well, because the defensive line asserted itself as a dominant force, with a goal line stand to end the half. Starting at first and goal from the Jets’ four, they gave up nothing. Sheldon Richardson made a huge stop. Dawan Landry stopped Julio Jones on the one, and Richardson made another stop to end the half.

The Jets even survived a bogus penalty call to continue the stand and keep Atlanta out of the end zone. Demario Davis was called for a bogus pass interference penalty on Tony Gonzalez, giving the Falcons a first down, before Richardson made one more stop to end the half.

On this night, the Jets’ defensive line showed us, and the rest of the league, the direction they were heading, by making a stand like that. That is why this moment makes the list at number ten.

Topics: New York Jets, Sheldon Richardson

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