Here's a look back at the top ten plays by the Jets in 2010. All of them were valuable in their own unique ways. After the list is over, let the debate begin.
a. The key play that ultimately saved the team from a potentially embarrassing loss on Monday Night football
b. Favre may have gotten his 500th TD pass in the game (to Randy Moss no less), but he also proved that he’s still an erratic passer passed his prime.
#9 LaDanian Tomlinson’s ankle breaking 26-yard TD (Week 4 vs. Bills)
a. Yes it was against the Bills, but Donte Whitner is pretty good
b. That play helped Tomlinson re-establish himself as an effective runner despite his age
a. Cotchery injured his groin during the play but still had the awareness to signal Sanchez to throw him the ball for a key conversion
b. Play really highlighted Cotchery’s heart and toughness
a. Reminiscent of his catch in Super Bowl XLIII
a. One way to earn back the owner’s respect after getting arrested for a DUI is having an awesome game against the Dolphins
b. After being benched in the first half of the game as punishment, Edwards became the game’s MVP – first with the touchdown catch, later with a huge catch that helped end the game.
(#5 - #1 and Honorable mentions after the jump.)Honorable Mention:
Folk’s 56-yard FG vs. Broncos Week 6
Made difference between winning and losing
Edwards’s TD catch vs. Patriots in Playoffs
Plowed right through Brandon Meriwether and Pro Bowl Corner Devin McCourty
Jason Taylor’s safety vs. Steelers Week 15
Prevented Steelers from making FG and forcing overtime
#5 Brad Smith 89-yard Kick Return TD, with one shoe (Week 12 vs. Bengals)
a. One of two amazing plays by Smith against the Bengals that earned him the Thanksgiving game Pudding Pie award.
b. Loses his shoe halfway through the runback but keeps going unhindered
#4 Braylon Edwards last catch against the Colts (AFC Wildcard Game vs. Colts)
a. If Edwards didn’t make that catch, there was almost no way we would have won that game.
a. Any one of these catches could, on their own, be the #3 best play of 2010
i. Huge catch to set up GW FG vs. Lions in OT
ii. GW TD Catch vs. Browns in OT
iii. GW TD Catch vs. Texans to take the lead
b. I’m not going to discriminate between which catch was better. If Holmes wasn’t the clutch WR he is, we likely would not have won any of those games.
#2 Folk’s Game Winning FG (AFC Wildcard Game vs. Colts)
a. Pretty sure that’s the first GW FG made by a Jet in the Playoffs
#1 The Final Kneel-Down (AFC Divisional Game vs. Patriots)
a. First Playoff win against a Division Rival in Franchise history
b. Let’s not forget the creation of Bart Scott’s famous catchphrase
c. And wasn’t Edwards’ backflip simply epic?
There you have it. Let the debate and conversations begin