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It was an emotional day for all of America with the opening Sunday of football falling on the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. There was no bigger game Sunday that that between America’s team the Dallas Cowboys and the new kings of New York the Jets. Both teams with Super Bowl ambitions started their long quest to obtain a ring with a thrilling game.
The Cowboys came out firing on all cylinders marching right down the field on the opening drive making the Jets defense look like a practice squad. The Jets had trouble covering TE Jason Witten all game who torched them for 110 yards and CB Antonio Cromartie didn’t have his best game getting beaten twice for both the Cowboys passing touchdowns.
The Jets offense led by Mark Sanchez got off to a real slow start, which unfortunately is becoming a regular thing, and were virtually useless until a good two minute drill to end the 1st half was capped by a 4 yard pass from Sanchez to Dustin Keller for the score. The “ground n pound” that has run the Jets offense was non-existent as newly appointed feature back Shonn Greene only rushed 10 times for 26 yards, yet Sanchez had 44 attempts.
The Jets defense kept them in the game as best they could, but the Jets found themselves down by two touchdowns going into the fourth quarter and it was looking like the Cowboys would come into MetLife stadium and steal a win from a Super Bowl contender on a day where everyone was honoring New York.
The Jets fighting to stay in it put together a nice quick drive down the field capped by another Sanchez touchdown this time finding new wide receiver Plaxico Burress for a 26 yard pass. This was Burress’ first game since spending two years in jail on a weapons possession charge and his first touchdown which cut the defecit to 7.
Burress would finish the game with 4 catches for 72 yards and the 1 score a respectable game for his first game back. Then on a punt RB Joe McKnight who has been scrapping to find anyway to stay in the good graces of the organization was able to get free in the middle and made a diving one handed block on a punt causing the ball to bounce backwards.
It was picked up by unlikely hero CB Isaiah Trufant who was the 46th man of the 46 man roster and was promoted from the practice squad Saturday and he ran it into the end zone to tie the game up at 24. With the Jets missing an opportunity to drive down the field for the winning score Tony Romo and the Cowboys had the chance to do the same thing.
Then Romo broke the one rule that just about every QB in the league abides by. He threw the ball to Darrelle Revis’ side of the field and ended up stranded on Revis Island. A great play call baited Romo into throwing to his side thinking there was man to man coverage on a blitz and Revis was right there for his first interception since his pick against the Chargers in the playoffs two years ago.
He returned the pick to the Cowboys’ 34. A few plays later K Nick Folk got revenge against the team that cut him two years ago nailing a 50 yard field goal which sealed an improbable comeback victory by the Jets for their first win of the season in dramatic fashion. This was a game every bit as dramatic as the day in which it was held on and the Jets are flying high as they prepare for their Week 2 opponent the Jacksonville Jaguars.