“The more things change, the more they remain the same.”
When LaDanian Tomlinson was playing for the San Diego Chargers, he would more often than not expose the Denver Broncos’ offensive line, rushing for 100 yards several times against the team from Colorado.
Tomlinson is now a New York Jet, yet during Sunday afternoon’s game between both teams, the Charger version of Tomlinson came out of its shell as he rushed for a pair of touchdowns, allowing New York to rally late and edge Denver 24-20.
Matt Prater’s 59-yard field goal as time expired in the first half allowed the Broncos to take a 10-7 lead; it was set up by Syd’Quan Thompson’s first career interception.
After Nick Folk’s 56-yard FG tied things up at 10 with 6:41 remaining in the third quarter, Kyle Orton would help Denver regain the lead at 17-10 on a TD toss to Demaryius Thomas with 1:23 left in the period.
Tomlinson would score his first TD of the day on a 20-yard scamper in the fourth period, tying the game at 17, but Prater connected on a 48-yard FG, putting Denver ahead 20-17.
Tomlinson would score his second – and game-winning – TD with a 2-yard burst with 1:13 left in the contest, allowing New York to hold on for the win.
Both quarterbacks were mediocre, at best, with Mark Sanchez going 17-of-30 for 198 yards with a TD and an interception while Orton went 14-of-34 for 209 yards with a TD.
Tomlinson led the Jets rushing attack with 55 yards on 16 carries and two TDs while Shonn Greene rushed 9 times for 43 yards. Knowshon Moreno returned after an injury to lead the Broncos rushers with 12 carries for 48 yards.
Dustin Keller led all Jets receivers with 3 receptions for 75 yards while Santonio Holmes caught 4 for 47 yards; Braylon Edwards chipped in with 4 catches for 46 yards and a score. Jabar Gaffney led the Broncos receivers with 6 catches for 81 yards while Brandon Lloyd caught 4 for 74 yards.
New York (5-1) will go into next week on a bye while Denver (2-4) remains at home to host the Oakland Raiders next Sunday.