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Mark Sanchez gives new meaning to butt-end

Posted By Mike Petraglia On November 22, 2012 @ 10:24 pm In General | 8 Comments

EAST RUTHERFORD — Midway through the second quarter, with the Jets already down 14-0, Mark Sanchez [1] tried to slide on a scramble near the line of scrimmage.

What happened next will go into NFL lore as one of the most humorous gaffes ever committed by a quarterback.

As he was going to the ground, he ran face-first into the rear end of his own lineman – Brandon Moore – and fumbled the ball. Steve Gregory [2] scooped up the fumbled and ran 32 yards for the touchdown.

“I was thinking a different play in my head, just a mental error there,” Sanchez said of his aborted handoff. “So, as soon as I realized there was nobody to hand it to, I started to run to toward the line and tried to cover it up and just get down, and I slid right into Brandon Moore. That was kind of an unfortunate deal there. I’m not a big believer in luck but that was pretty unlucky. It was really too bad.”

On the ensuing kickoff, Joe McKnight [3] fumbled the kickoff when Devin McCourty [4] delivered a crushing hit. The ball popped up in the air and was hauled down by Julian Edelman [5], who returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. 

But the head-into-butt moment will be the defining moment of a disastrous season for the Jets and perhaps Sanchez’ career.

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