New York Jets Continue Winning Ways, Drop Broncos 24-20

October 17th, 2010-  By Alex Groberman

The Denver Broncos sat back helplessly and watched as their arch-nemesis LaDainian Tomlinson lead his New York Jets to a 24-20 victory on Sunday afternoon.

With a mere 73 seconds remaining in the game, Tomlinson rushed for his second touchdown of the day from the two yard line to give his team the go-ahead touchdown.

The play came after Broncos safety, Renaldo Hill and Jets receiver Santonio Holmes fought over a ball near the goal line and the ball fell incomplete. However, referee Gary Cavaletto came out and ruled that Hill had grabbed Holmes’ facemask for a pass interference play.

Tomlinson scored 19 touchdowns in 18 games against Denver while a member of the San Diego Chargers. Aside from his go-ahead touchdown to end the game, he also scored once from 20 yards out to knot the score at 17 with a little over eight minutes remaining in the game. The play was a direct response to a Kyle Orton-Demaryius Thomas connection over Darrelle Revis that gave the Broncos a 17-10 lead in the third quarter.

Despite the outcome, it was the 2-4 Broncos who led most of the way throughout the game. Before the Hill penalty, the Denver defense confused Jets quarterback, Mark Sanchez, to the point where he threw his first two interceptions of the season. He also threw two other errant passes that very easily could have been picks.

The Broncos also got their first hundred-yard rushing performance of the new year and all-hype-team rookie, Tim Tebow, got his first touchdown of the season. Tebow ended up running the ball six times to the tune of 23 yards with no pass attempts in his first playing time in nearly a month.

The Jets started off the game with a 7-0 lead off the first play of the second quarter when receiver, Braylon Edwards ran past Champ Bailey and caught a nicely thrown pass from Sanchez. Bailey appeared to struggle covering the Broncos with Andre Goodman, Brian Dawkins and Darcel McBath all being out with injuries.

USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Betting Odds set the Jets as a 3.5-point favorite, covering the spread just barely.

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