5 Years Ago Today, NYC Football Changed In One Play
Days are never easy if you're a New York Jets fan. You'd think Christmas Eve would be on the few days on the calendar where fans of Gang Green could relax, have a moment peace.
Alas, if that were the case, it wouldn't be New York Jets football.
Five years ago, it's hard to believe, but the Jets were then considered a team to be on the rise. They had made back-to-back AFC Championship Games, had a solid defense and might've finally found its franchise quarterback in Mark Sanchez. Yeah, 2011 was a different time.
Somehow, on Christmas Eve, the Jets could've given themselves a solid early gift, a playoff spot and a chance to play for a third consecutive conference title game. To make the potential clinching even sweeter, they were taking on their MetLife Stadium co-tenants, the New York Giants. The game was a sloppy affair from the get-go, but the Jets had mustered a 7-3 lead, and had the Giants pinned at their own 1, literal inches away from two more points and getting the ball back.
And then......this happened:
99 yards...an unbreakable record, achieved by Victor Cruz, gave the Giants a lead they would not relinquish en route to a 29-14 victory. In fact, the Giants would not lose a game for the rest of the season, winning Super XLVI. Call it a Christmas Miracle that worked itself all the way to Valentine's Day!
But I'm sure the Jets can make their Christmas Eve disappear with a little Christmas magic and...
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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