Texans 27

(4-6, 2-3 away)

Jets 30

(8-2, 3-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 21, 2010

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
HOU 0 7 0 2027
NYJ 3 10 7 1030

Top Performers

Passing: M. Sanchez (NYJ) - 315 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Foster (HOU) - 22 CAR, 84 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Holmes (NYJ) - 7 REC, 126 YDS, 2 TD

Mark Sanchez, Jets stun Texans after fourth-quarter collapse

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Nailbiting, racing hearts and stunning comebacks.

They're all in the playbook lately for the New York Jets.

Santonio Holmes caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez with 10 seconds left, lifting the Jets to an unlikely 30-27 comeback victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

"I want to apologize to all the Jets fans for affecting the heart a little bit," coach Rex Ryan said. "But we'll take the win."

Especially since it appeared the Jets were on their way to a heartbreaking loss.

"We don't think we're ever out of it at all," tight end Dustin Keller said. "We tick ourselves off when we put ourselves in those situations, but we know that we're always capable of coming back in any game in any situation."

They've certainly proven that during the last three weeks with consecutive overtime wins on the road and now a victory that appeared improbable.

"I swear it's like 'Groundhog Day,' " a beaming Sanchez said.

After blowing a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Jets (8-2) trailed 27-23 with less than a minute left. But Sanchez completed two passes to LaDainian Tomlinson and then had a pretty 42-yard toss to Braylon Edwards with 16 seconds remaining. Edwards was knocked out of bounds by Eugene Wilson, stopping the clock and giving the Jets a chance to win.

On the next play, Sanchez coolly found Holmes streaking into the left corner of the end zone for the winning score, sending the New Meadowlands Stadium crowd into a frenzy.

"It's just me playing football," Holmes said.

A video replay confirmed that Holmes, whose 37-yard touchdown catch won it in overtime at Cleveland last week and set up the win at Detroit with a 52-yard reception in OT, got both feet in bounds.

"We're cutting it awfully close," Sanchez said. "I don't think anybody has any finger nails left if they're a Jets fan."

The Jets were coming off becoming the first team to win consecutive overtime games on the road, and looked as though they were going to fall to 2-3 at home.

But it was another heartbreaking loss for the Texans (4-6), who fell last week on a desperation heave as time expired at Jacksonville. Two weeks ago, Houston lost to San Diego on a late interception after driving for a potential go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.

"We deserve better in these last three games," Texans defensive end Mario Williams said. "We were there. Everything is there and we're doing great and all of a sudden, we let the big play go. It's unheard of. We just keep having it happen to us."

It seemed Houston was in good shape in this one as Arian Foster scored a questionable go-ahead 1-yard touchdown with 2:18 remaining.

Foster, the NFL's leading rusher, was hit at the goal line but reached out as he landed on a teammate and the ball broke the plane for a touchdown. Ryan challenged the call, thinking Foster was down, but the play was upheld after replay review.

Neil Rackers kicked a 22-yard field goal with 55 seconds to go after Sanchez was intercepted by Kevin Bentley -- sending thousands of fans to the exits.

For those who stayed, they were treated to another incredible ending.

"If I have to apologize for it every week from here on out, I will," Ryan said, "all the way to the Super Bowl."

Sanchez finished 22 for 38 for 315 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Holmes and one to Edwards. Holmes finished with seven catches for 126 yards.

New York gets back to work quickly, with another home game Thursday night against Cincinnati.

Foster had 84 yards rushing and two touchdown runs. Matt Schaub, starting after being hospitalized Tuesday night with a knee injury, threw for 254 yards and a touchdown to Joel Dreessen.

"I'm still searching for the adjective for how I would describe it," Schaub said. "It's tough to deal with."

The Jets went up 20-7 on Holmes' 41-yard touchdown catch with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter.

The score came moments after a man jumped onto the field and dashed across the turf for about 80 yards before tripping and then being jumped on by several security officers, including two New Jersey State troopers. He was handcuffed and led away from the field.

Nick Folk kicked a 30-yard field goal to make it 23-7 and giving the Jets what appeared to be a comfortable lead 9 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Houston then began its comeback with Rackers' 38-yard field goal with 12:21 that made it 23-10.

The Texans also took advantage of a fumble by Shonn Greene, scoring immediately after Brian Cushing knocked the ball loose and Bentley recovered. Schaub found Dreessen wide open down the left sideline and the big tight end ran into the end zone untouched for a 43-yard touchdown that made it 23-17 with 9:14 left.

"It was a great comeback, then we let it slip away," Texans owner Bob McNair said. "When it's going tough, you've got to step up. They stepped up. We didn't. They are all painful."

Game notes

Jets right tackle Damien Woody left with a knee injury and didn't return. Ryan had no update on his status. ... Tomlinson passed Curtis Martin for seventh place on the NFL's career yards from scrimmage list. He has 17,452 combined rushing and receiving yards. Marcus Allen, with 17,654 yards, is next on the list. ... Texans LB Zac Diles (illness) and TE Owen Daniels (hamstring) were inactive, as was Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin).

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1722
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6072
Total Yards343401
Yards per play5.75.6
Total Drives1413
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-42-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

nyjFG11:32Nick Folk 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 10 yds, 1:47
houTD10:22Arian Foster 2 Yard Run (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 67 yds, 5:35
nyjTD5:22Braylon Edwards 4 Yard Pass From Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yds, 4:59
nyjFG1:02Nick Folk 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 33 yds, 3:15
nyjTD4:47Santonio Holmes 41 Yard Pass From Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 92 yds, 4:06
nyjFG14:54Nick Folk 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 10 yds, 1:28
houFG12:24Neil Rackers 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 59 yds, 2:30
houTD9:23Joel Dreessen 43 Yard Pass From Matt Schaub (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 43 yds, 0:00
houTD2:24Arian Foster 1 Yard Run (Neil Rackers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 73 yds, 3:51
houFG0:59Neil Rackers 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yds, 0:57
nyjTD0:16Santonio Holmes 6 Yard Pass From Mark Sanchez (Nick Folk Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 72 yds, 0:45

Research Notes

From Elias: The Texans are the first team in NFL history to lose consecutive games on go-ahead TD passes in last 10 seconds in consecutive weeks.
Mark Sanchez completed 5-of-7 passes for all 3 TD and 0 interceptions when the Texans sent 6-or-more pass rushers on Sunday.
Including the game-winning TD to Santonio Holmes, Mark Sanchez completed both of his pass attempts into the end zone in the game. This is nothing new for the Texans - Houston has allowed 10 TD on just 14 pass attempts (71.4 pct) into the end zone this season with zero interceptions. To put it in perspective, the league average coming into this week was 35.7 pct.
Houston's pass defense has been exposed this season, especially when it sends 5 or more rushers. The Texans have now allowed 10 pass TD and recorded no interceptions when rushing at least 5 defenders.

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