Sunday, January 16, 2011

Santonio Holmes' Great Leaping Touchdown Catch Has Jets Soaring

The Jets brought Santonio Holmes in this offseason with the hope that his athleticism would translate to production and a new go-to receiver for Mark Sanchez. The jury's still out on both of those counts, but it's hard to argue that Holmes hasn't been clutch, and he added to the argument in his favor today against the Patriots.

That is a great seven-yard touchdown catch — Holmes hauls it in over his shoulder and then gets not just both feet but a knee down inbounds in the Patriots' end zone — but it's also a hugely important one. That catch came on the heels of a Patriots touchdown to cut the Jets' lead to a field goal, and on a third and four that determined whether the Jets would lead by one or two possessions.

That catch forced the Patriots to try to get two scores to tie, and that has already proved too tall a task for New England, barring a miracle. All the Jets have to do now to make it to the AFC Championship Game is hold onto a 28-14 lead with less than two minutes to go.