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

By Marc A. Greenberg

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.

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

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.”