Today’s edition of the TOJ Top Five looks at the top five performances of Mark Sanchez’s career —
Previous Editions of the Top Five
5. January 9th 2010 at Cincinnati – 12/15, 182 yards, 1 TD – I know the stats don’t jump off the page in this game but keep in mind that he was a rookie on the road in his first ever playoff game. This efficient performance led the Jets to a victory and remember that Braylon Edwards dropped a perfectly thrown 50 yard potential touchdown, so Sanchez’s stats should have been even better.
4. November 21st 2010 vs. Houston – 22/38, 315 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT – The second highest yardage total of Sanchez’s career but this game was more impressive because of how he directed the Jets on their last second drive to win the game. He dropped in two perfectly thrown balls, one to Braylon Edwards and one to Santonio Holmes, to lead the Jets to an improbable win.
3. September 19th 2010 vs. New England – 21/30, 220 yards, 3 TDs – After an ugly week one where people were openly questioning whether he was good enough to lead the Jets to their lofty expectations, Sanchez responded by shredding a Bill Belichick defense en route to a 28-14 Jets win.
2. January 24th 2010 at Indianapolis – 17/30, 257 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT – On the road in the AFC Championship Game as a rookie, Sanchez was poised and consistent after an erratic game in the Divisional Round the previous week. His highlights in this game included taking a blitz to the face while still delivering a touchdown pass to Dustin Keller on a third down and hitting Braylon Edwards for a 80 yard touchdown in stride.
1. January 16th 2011 at New England – 16/25, 194 yards, 3 TDs – With the Jets as heavy underdogs, Sanchez again lit up a Belichick defense with 3 touchdown passes as the they ended New England’s season with a 28-21 victory. The NFL Network just named Tom Brady the best player in the league in their top 100 player countdown and Sanchez completely outplayed him in this game, in his own building.