WRITTEN BY JUSTIN WORSLEY
Tim Tebow engineered a John Elway-esque 95-yard drive that ended with a touchdown with 58 seconds left as the Denver Broncos pulled off an upset over the New York Jets 17-13. Tebow completed just nine of his 20 pass attempts, but also rushed for 68 yards and the go-ahead touchdown. On the Denver’s (5-5) final drive, Tebow rushed for 58 yards.
New York’s (5-5) offense struggled again, mustering just 83 rushing yards and converting just three of their 14 third down attempts.
After a 3-3 tie at halftime, the Jets took the ball at the second half and drove it 80 yards for the game’s first touchdown. On the one-yard line, running back Bilal Powell was stripped by Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller. Guard Matt Slauson, however, recovered the loose ball in the end zone to give the Jets a 10-3 lead.
Denver would even the score later on in the quarter when Andre Goodman picked off quarterback Mark Sanchez and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown. Sanchez has throw three interceptions that have been returned for a touchdown this season, tying him with Phillip Rivers and Matthew Stafford for the most in the NFL.
The Jets took the lead with a Nick Folk field goal with 9:14 left in the game until Denver began their drive with just 5:54 left in the game. Tebow accounted for 92 of the 95 yards on the drive and it was his third comeback victory in the past month. Since replacing Kyle Orton as the starting quarterback, the Broncos are 4-1 and back in contention for the AFC West.
On the final drive of the game, Sanchez drove the Jets 40 yards before flinging a Hail Mary pass to Plaxico Burress that went incomplete as time expired.
New York will host Buffalo (5-4) in a must-win AFC East game for both teams while Denver travels to San Diego (4-5) on Nov. 27.