In a game that resembled their week 1 loss to the Ravens, the Jets’ offense betrayed them once again by scoring a meager six points against a mediocre Dolphins defense. With a chance to clinch a playoff berth, the Jets lost 10-6 and fell to 9-4 on the season.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez fumbled four times, threw one interception and two more passes that should have been intercepted. But Sanchez’s receivers didn’t help him out either. Down 10-0 in the first half, Sanchez lobbed a ball to the end-zone to a wide open Santonio Holmes who dropped a catch so easy, that most 8 year olds could have caught it. Nick Folk made the field goal to put the Jets on the board, but the missed Touchdown came back to haunt them. Jericho Cotchery, Dustin Keller and Braylon Edwards also dropped passes.
The Jets defense played well, allowing 10 points and holding Dolphins’ quarterback Chad Henne to under 75 passing yards. The Sanchez interception, though, gave the Dolphins good field position and led to the only touchdown of the game, a short pass to receiver Brandon Marshall.
The Giants, after being moved to Monday night after the roof of the Metrodome collapsed due to heavy snow, continued where they left off from last week beating the Vikings 21-3 and improving to 9-4 on the season. Quarterback Eli Manning threw two early interceptions that lead to a Vikings’ field goal, but a 70 yard run by running back Brandon Jacobs followed by a 2 yard touchdown gave the Giants the lead, and they kept it the rest of the game.
Brett Favre’s consecutive game streak ended at 297 games, and former first round pick, Tarvaris Jackson took over at quarterback. Jackson was not impressive, throwing for 118 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. The Giants also held running back Adrian Peterson to 26 yards on 14 carries.
Top receivers Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith both returned on Monday. Nicks had seven receptions for 96 yards and showed no sign of the hamstring injury that sidelined him for two weeks. Smith, on the other hand, caught one pass for 12 yards before leaving the game with an apparently serious hamstring injury. Receiver Mario Manningham also left the field, but looks to be able to play next week against the Eagles.