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Sanchez throws away Jets' faint playoff hopes

  • Article by: TERESA M. WALKER
  • Associated Press
  • December 17, 2012 - 10:05 PM

NASHVILLE, TENN. - The New York Jets' playoff hopes are gone, lost in a wave of turnovers by struggling Mark Sanchez.

Chris Johnson went 94 yards for the longest touchdown run in the NFL since 2006, and the Tennessee Titans beat the Jets 14-10 on Monday night to eliminate New York from postseason contention.

"Obviously, it's a devastating loss, out of the playoffs, and it hurts beyond belief," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "I think the thing that really hurts the most is we've got no one to blame but ourselves."

Jake Locker's first touchdown run of the season put Tennessee ahead to stay late in the third quarter, and the Titans intercepted four passes by Sanchez to stop a three-game skid.

After bumbling around all night, the Jets somehow still had a chance to win when they took over at the Tennessee 25 with 47 seconds left following a 19-yard punt by Brett Kern. But Sanchez fumbled a low shotgun snap, Bilal Powell inadvertently kicked the ball away and the Titans recovered to seal it.

Sanchez finished with five turnovers -- one on each of his team's final three possessions -- and has 24 this season.

"It doesn't feel good hurting your team like that," he said. "It's not a winning formula. It never feels good."

The Jets (6-8) needed to win their final three games and get help elsewhere to earn a playoff spot. Instead, the Titans (5-9) sacked Sanchez three times and got a fourth on Tim Tebow. Jason McCourty and Michael Griffin each had two interceptions.

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