By James Dombrowski / Sports Columnist
|Photo by James Dombrowski|
CLEVELAND (Nov. 18, 2010) — The New York Jets achieved what no other NFL team has ever done before and that is to win two consecutive games in overtime on the road as the Jets (7-2) defeated the Browns (3-6), 26-20, at Cleveland Brown Stadium.
Before the game Jets high-profile coach and media showman Rex Ryan, who has changed the face of the franchise from one of disaster to one of constant wins, chats with owner Woody Johnson on the sidelines before their thrilling overtime win in Cleveland. Ryan in two seasons has made believers out of long disappointed Jets fans who have suffered through many losing seasons and always seemed to lose the close games.
The personable Ryan has turned the spotlight on the Jets whose quarterback Mark Sanchez guided the team last season to the AFC championship game as a rookie. This season hopes run high for a Super Bowl appearance.
Santonio Holmes scampered for 37 yards and the winning touchdown on a short pass from Sanchez as time was running out in overtime and scored with only 16 ticks remaining on the clock.
More than 20 years ago, the Jets lost an overtime game in Cleveland in the playoffs in which they led late in the game only to blow the lead and succumb in overtime.
The Cleveland game had many story lines as Rex’s twin brother Rob is the Browns defensive coordinator and former Jets coach Eric Mangini is the Browns coach. Also Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards is a former Browns receiver.
Sanchez played one of his finest games as a young professional and did so after suffering a calf injury in the game. Sanchez avoided many sacks and when Ryan was asked if he ever considered replacing the injured Sanchez, Ryan was quick to say, “No.”