Jets Win on the "Feet" of Chad Penningto
Chad Pennington

Posted Nov 24, 2002

With Buffalo in the midst of a 10-0 run and gaining momentum, the Jets faced a pivotal fourth-and-one on the Bills goal line. That’s when Chad Pennington put on his dancing shoes and faked LB Eddie Robinson out of his shorts to score the touchdown that put the Bills away for good.

Field goal never entered Herman Edwards’ mind, and Paul Hackett dialed up a naked bootleg for Pennington to take it in himself. With Robinson converging, it looked like a broken play, until Pennington put on an unorthodox and ugly looking juke, that worked to perfection.


“It wasn’t pretty,” Pennington admitted. “[PR director] Doug Miller put a name for it, and it’s called the East Tennessee dead leg. I think the move was so bad and [Robinson had] never seen it before, that he fell down.”


Pennington’s teammates shared in the laugh.


“That had to be the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time,” said Laveranues Coles. “I can’t wait to see it on film so I can bother him about it. I know he’s going to think he has all the shake in the world now, but it’s going to be a funny thing to see on film.”


“Watch out Michael Vick,” Sam Garnes said.


It may have been an ugly play, but it helped the Jets to a decisive 31-13 win over the Bills in a big division match-up. Pennington finished with 178 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing). As usual, Laveranues Coles led the jets in receiving with seven catches for 78 yards and one touchdown.


Curtis Martin went over 100-yards rushing for the second consecutive game, and looks to be the healthiest he’s been all season.


“I’m getting better,” Martin said. “Me being out there on the field, I’m getting to work more with the offensive line, and our chemistry is starting to develop back to what I think is the norm.”


The offensive line deserves a lot of credit for Martin’s 120 yards today, and opened up some big holes.


The other big story today was the defense. The secondary brought their “A” game with them and shut down a talented Buffalo passing attack. The Bills receiver duo of Eric Moulds and Peerless Price were held to a combined eight catches for 73 yards and zero touchdowns. Aaron Beasley and Sam Garnes both had interceptions on Drew Bledsoe.


“We’re finally playing on the same page, and that’s the key,” said Beasley. “We had a little false confidence, but we knew we were going to turn it around.”


The Jets have turned it around big-time, erasing a thought-to-be disastrous 1-4 start to the season. They now sit at 6-5 and tied for second place in the AFC East.

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