NFL Game Summary - San Diego at NY Jets|
(Sunday, October 23rd)
Final Score: NY Jets 27, San Diego 21
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Plaxico Burress caught three touchdown
passes as the New York Jets rallied in the second half to take a 27-21 victory
over the San Diego Chargers.
Burress caught four balls for 25 yards in his second career three-touchdown
performance. The first came against the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 when he was a
member of the Giants.
Mark Sanchez completed 18-of-33 passes for 173 yards and an interception for
the Jets (4-3), who won for the second straight week.
"We just feel like we're hitting our stride now," Jets head coach Rex Ryan
said. "This is the football team we thought we had."
Shonn Greene added 112 yards on 20 carries, and LaDanian Tomlinson carried the
ball five times for 14 yards and caught three passes for 37 yards before
leaving the game at halftime with an illness.
Tomlinson's three catches gave him 602 for his career and made him just the
fourth running back in NFL history with over 600 receptions.
Philip Rivers threw for 179 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions on
16-of-32 passing in the loss for San Diego (4-2), which had its three-game win
Antonio Gates caught five passes for 54 yards and a score. With the five
receptions, Gates now has 542 for his career, surpassing Kellen Winslow for
the second-most catches in team history.
Trailing by a score of 21-10, the Jets started their second possession of the
second half at their own 45 after San Diego was forced to punt from its own
end zone. Burress capped the 10-play march by catching a four-yard touchdown
over the back of a defender.
San Diego managed just one first down in the third quarter but drove deep into
the Jets' territory on their first try in the fourth. On 3rd-and-5 at the
New York 25, Rivers' throw was a little behind Vincent Jackson and the ball
deflected off his arm and right to Darrelle Revis, who ran the interception
down the field to the Chargers' 19.
Sanchez later found Burress in the back of the end zone from three yards out
to put New York ahead for the first time in the game with 8:41 left to play.
Rivers was intercepted again on the Chargers' ensuing drive and a defensive
pass interference penalty moved the Jets inside San Diego's 20, but the drive
stalled there and Nick Folk converted a 30-yard field goal to make it a 27-21
game with 1:36 to go.
Gates caught an 18-yard pass on the Chargers' first play to move the ball to
midfield, but after completing two short passes, Rivers could not complete
another throw and his toss on fourth down sailed out of bounds over the head
of his receiver.
Sanchez took a knee to run out the remainder of the clock and seal the win for
"The biggest thing on our football team is we have to keep growing and get
better," Chargers head coach Norv Turner said. "We came in here and had a
chance to win this football game against a very good football team."
San Diego took the lead less than two minutes into the game when Dustin Keller
caught a short pass and had the ball ripped out of his hands by the Chargers'
Donald Butler, who ran 37 yards to the end zone.
Greene's 24-yard run on the ensuing drive helped move the Jets into the
Chargers' red zone, but they stalled there and had to settle for a 35-yard
Folk field goal.
After forcing the Chargers to a three-and-out, New York took over at its own
30. Keller moved the Jets across midfield with a 34-yard catch-and-run, and
Santonio Holmes hauled in a diving 23-yard grab in the end zone. However, the
play was called back on a holding penalty and Eric Weddle's leaping
interception in the end zone on the next play gave the ball back to San Diego.
The Chargers then marched 76 yards down the field on 14 plays, ending with
Rivers finding Gates in the corner of the end zone for a two-yard score and a
14-3 lead with 12:11 left in the half.
New York answered with an eight play, 77-yard drive, helped by two defensive
pass interference penalties. Burress capped the drive by hauling in a three-
yard TD catch on a quick slant.
But San Diego quickly moved down the field with a 29-yard run by Mike Tolbert
on the first play of the drive and a 28-yard, one-handed grab by Malcom Floyd
on 3rd-and-1. Tolbert rumbled in for the score from one-yard out to make it
21-10 at the half.
"If we would have played the second half like we played the first half it
would have been a two touchdown victory, but we didn't," Rivers said.
San Diego leads the all-time series 19-12-1...Gates still trails Charlie
Joiner's 586 receptions for the franchise lead...Tomlinson joins Larry Centers
(827), Marshall Faulk (767) and Keith Byars (610)...Keller caught four passes
for 53 yards...San Diego converted 7-of-14 third downs, while New York
converted 8-of-13 third-down opportunities...There were 21 penalties called
between the two teams for a combined 155 yards.
10/23 18:41:19 ET