Unflappable Sanchez sparks Jets' revival in crucial win over Patriots
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For a franchise whose fans see gloom, paranoia and signs of an impending football apocalypse around every corner, here was a very frightful vision: All-Pro cornerback
Moments earlier, Revis had been beaten for a touchdown by Patriots receiver
Well, not on this day, at least. In his best day as a pro -- and his most dominant performance since
"You are going to get some criticism here, but we never stopped believing," said Ryan.
The Jets (1-1) now arrive in Miami (2-0) next Sunday with a new outlook on the season. "Man, 1-1 feels a lot better than 0-2," said tackle
"It's just tough when you lose that first game," added Sanchez. "You feel like you are 0-10."
Given how the game started, that's where the Jets appeared headed. The Patriots ran 24 plays in the opening quarter (to three for the Jets) and owned the ball for 13:58 of the first 15 minutes. But such statistical dominance resulted in zero points and it would cost New England dearly. After the Patriots took a 7-0 lead on a
In terms of the game within the game, much had been made about Moss facing Revis after Moss had been a non-factor in two head-to-head matchups with Revis last season (nine catches for 58 yards and one touchdown). Adding fuel to the rivalry, Revis had called Moss a "slouch" in an interview last year and Moss responded last week by telling ESPN that "if what he called me was a slouch, I guess the slouch will be there to see you on Sunday."
The slouch was no slouch in the second quarter. On a 1st and 10 from the Jets' 34 with a minute remaining until halftime, Moss made a quick move on Revis at the line of scrimmage to free himself into space. He then flashed his right hand aloft to alert
"I was running around with Randy the whole time until he scored," said Revis, who said he felt good in warmups after tweaking his hamstring in practice earlier in the week. "When I tried to open up and run, he got behind me and that's when I started feeling it. He got on top of me and made a great catch."
Revis watched the rest of the game from the Jets locker room and will get an MRI on Monday. After Moss's touchdown, Sanchez led the Jets on a seven-play drive to get
So where is Revis right now? The cornerback was asked at his locker about an hour after the game if he saw himself playing against the Dolphins. "I don't know yet," he said. "I'm a little sore, but there's not very much pain. It's not a severe injury but we have to go at it day by day."
That's a story -- and a big one -- for another day. On Sunday, the stadium belonged to Sanchez. After the clock ran out, the quarterback jogged off the field flanked by more than a dozen photographers. But before reaching the entrance to the hallway that leads to the locker room, he darted to his bench, hugged an equipment manager and grabbed a baseball cap bearing the Jets logo. Lips pursed, he clenched his fist to the sky as fans chanted his name. "This guy is more confident than I am, which is saying something," Ryan said after the game. "You have to have broad shoulders in this media market, and we have the right guy pulling the trigger for us."