Final/OT

Jets 20

(10-6, 4-4 away)

Chargers 17

(12-4, 7-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, January 8, 2005

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 

1 2 3 4 OT T
NYJ 0 7 10 0 320
SD 0 7 0 10 017

Pennington leads winning drive after Chargers miss field goal

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The same New York Jets who backed into the playoffs were the latest team to usher Marty Schottenheimer into the offseason.

Doug Brien kicked a 28-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in overtime to get linebacker Eric Barton off the hook for a huge penalty and give the Jets a 20-17 upset over the Chargers in a wild-card game Saturday night.

The winning drive started on the New York 30 after Chargers rookie Nate Kaeding was wide right on a 40-yard field goal try with 4:19 left in overtime. It included an 18-yard pass from Pennington to Santana Moss that was upheld on review.

The Jets celebrated wildly while Schottenheimer walked across the field with a far-off look on his face.

"That has to be one of the most dramatic games I've been a part of," said New York's Curtis Martin, the NFL's regular-season rushing champion who was held to just 66 yards on 18 carries.

And just like that, Schottenheimer still can't win in the playoffs. Named the Coach of the Year earlier in the day, he suffered his fifth straight playoff loss dating to 1993 with the Kansas City Chiefs and fell to 5-12 in his career, which also included a stop in Cleveland.

Schottenheimer's teams have gone one-and-out eight times.

"I've been through this before; that's been well-documented," Schottenheimer said. "My disappointment, quite frankly, is with the players in that locker room and the community."

Chad Pennington, bothered by a sore throwing shoulder for five games, threw two touchdown passes for the Jets, who led 17-7 late in the third quarter and should have won in regulation.

But the Chargers forced overtime when All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Pro Bowler Drew Brees to tie it at 17 with 11 seconds left in regulation.

It came one play after Jets linebacker Eric Barton was whistled for a personal foul for hitting Brees on the helmet with his right forearm after Brees threw a desperation pass on fourth-and-goal that was batted down in the end zone.

As Brien kicked the winning field goal, Barton sighed in relief.

"I needed guys to dig me out of this and they did," Barton said.

Brien's winning kick came minutes after Kaeding's flub.

"I don't know what happened," Kaeding said. "I let my teammates and my coaches down and I wasn't able to look them in the eye when I came back in the locker room knowing that I didn't do my job."

Pennington, who's led the Jets to three straight wins in San Diego dating to 2002, was 23-of-33 for 279 yards. Brees was 31-of-42 for 319 yards.

Pennington threw a go-ahead, 47-yard touchdown pass to Moss early in the third quarter.

His second TD pass of the night went at least 55 yards in the air, and Moss caught it 2 yards deep in the end zone after getting behind safety Jerry Wilson and cornerback Quentin Jammer. That score gave the Jets a 14-7 lead.

The Jets ended a five-game road playoff losing streak. The last time they won away from home was Jan. 15, 1983, when they beat the Los Angeles Raiders 17-14.

The Jets got into the playoffs only because Buffalo lost to Pittsburgh last weekend.

"People doubted everything about us but we came out and we proved people wrong," tackle Kareem McKenzie said.

The Chargers were undisciplined, including their coach.

Schottenheimer was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for running onto the field after punter Mike Scifres took a dive in the second quarter.

The 15-yard penalty gave the Jets the ball on the San Diego 37, and Pennington hit wide-open tight end Anthony Becht on a 13-yard touchdown pass five plays later that allowed the Jets to tie it at 7 with just less than three minutes before halftime.

"I absolutely blew a fuse," Schottenheimer said. "It's unforgivable that I would do that."

The Chargers, in the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons, were booed by the sellout crowd when their offense went conservative in the third quarter.

San Diego's Pro Bowl trio of Brees, Gates and LaDainian Tomlinson were largely ineffective against a Jets defense that was without Pro Bowl defensive end John Abraham, who missed his fifth straight game with a sprained right knee.

Brees did throw a sensational 26-yard touchdown pass to Keenan McCardell in the second quarter for a 7-0 lead.

McCardell made on over-the-shoulder catch, came down with his left foot and then dragged his right foot across the grass just before tumbling out of the end zone. It was initially ruled incomplete, but Schottenheimer challenged and it was overturned on replay.

Just before halftime, Brees was intercepted by Reggie Tongue after Erik Coleman tipped the ball away from McCardell.

Brien kicked a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter and Kaeding kicked a 35-yarder early in the fourth.

Brien was wide-right on a 33-yard field goal attempt on the game's opening drive.

Several players slipped even though the field was kept covered until about two hours before kickoff. Heavy rain that had been forecast didn't materialize, although there was a steady rain during most of the first quarter.

Game notes


The Chargers lost S Terrence Kiel and C Nick Hardwick with knee injuries. ... The Chargers have lost six of 10 home playoff games.

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Scoring Summary

THIRD QUARTERNYJSD
nyjTD11:00Touchdown
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yds, 2:00
137
nyj11:00
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yds, 2:00
147
SECOND QUARTERNYJSD
nyjTD3:30Touchdown
Drive info: 5 plays, 52 yds, 1:51
67
nyj3:30
Drive info: 5 plays, 52 yds, 1:51
77
OVERTIMENYJSD
nyjFG0:08Doug Brien 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 68 yds, 4:11
2017
THIRD QUARTERNYJSD
nyjFG1:52Doug Brien 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 42 yds, 5:02
177
FOURTH QUARTERNYJSD
sdFG10:54Nate Kaeding 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 54 yds, 5:24
1710
SECOND QUARTERNYJSD
sdTD9:46Touchdown
Drive info: 13 plays, 88 yds, 8:05
06
FOURTH QUARTERNYJSD
sdTD0:16Touchdown
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:30
1716
SECOND QUARTERNYJSD
sd9:46
Drive info: 13 plays, 88 yds, 8:05
07
FOURTH QUARTERNYJSD
sd0:16
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:30
1717