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New York Jets fail to turn yards into points against Green Bay Packers

Oct. 31, 2010
 
Green Bay Packers A.J. Hawk, left, and Desmond Bishop stop New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson during the third quarter of the game at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Packers defense held the Jets to their second-lowest rushing output of 2010.
Green Bay Packers A.J. Hawk, left, and Desmond Bishop stop New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson during the third quarter of the game at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Packers defense held the Jets to their second-lowest rushing output of 2010. / Corey Wilson/Press-Gazette

Pointless yards

Opponents who gained more than 225 yards in a regular-season shutout loss at the hands of the Packers.

Yds. Team Date
360 Jets 10-31-2010
328 Rams 10-17-1948
308 49ers 11-19-1967
255 Bears 10-1-1961
252 Dodgers 11-19-1939
247 Vikings 11-11-2007
238 Redskins 11-22-1959
233 Pirates 10-23-1938
229 Bears 9-22-1935

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Like a trick-or-treater unsuccessfully roaming house to house in search of a much coveted king-sized candy bar, the New York Jets moved up and down the field but came up empty in their quest to secure a point.

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Quarterback Mark Sanchez and his offense rolled up 360 yards and held the ball for more than 31 minutes Sunday at New Meadowlands Field, but their only reward was a goose egg. That zero came courtesy of the Green Bay Packers, who blanked the Jets 9-0 to record their first road shutout in 19 years.

In posting its sixth consecutive game of more than 300 yards, New York crossed midfield six times. After running just one play in Packers’ territory in the first quarter, it increased that number to two in the second quarter, six in the third quarter and eight in the fourth quarter.

By the time the final 15 minutes arrived, New York was ready to threaten Green Bay’s puny 3-0 lead.

The Jets put up more yards in the fourth quarter (125) than in any other. They reached the Packers’ 37- and 35-yard lines on back-to-back drives as they attempted to become the latest to steal a game from Green Bay in the late going.

The Packers’ defense and secondary in particular hung tough. Charles Woodson stole a pass intended for tight end Dustin Keller to squelch one threat. Fellow defensive backs Tramon Williams and Charlie Peprah defended third- and fourth-down throws aimed at Jerricho Cotchery to stave off another.

Linebacker Clay Matthews then sacked Sanchez to force the Jets to go for it on fourth down from their 22. That failed and Green Bay stayed on the ground to set up a 40-yard Mason Crosby field goal that gave Green Bay a 9-0 lead with 27 seconds left.

Sunday’s win was the 42nd time since 1933 that the Packers have registered a regular-season shutout. It was the first in which an opponent gained more than 350 yards.

Typically an opponent rendered scoreless doesn’t amass much in the way of yards. In 30 of those 42 games Green Bay surrendered fewer than 200 yards. Nine times that total was locked down short of 100 yards.

But the Jets, who opened with back-to-back three-and-out possessions, weren’t so cooperative. They added to a 148-yard first-half output by gaining 212 yards after intermission. They unleashed five plays of 20 or more yards.

Those big gains allowed New York to average 5.2 yards per play. Only the Vikings of 2007 who were thrashed 34-0 averaged more in being shut out by Green Bay.

The Packers of three years ago weren’t hobbled by injuries to the extent this team has been. With little depth on the defensive line, T.J. Lang, an offensive lineman, was again called to lend a hand.

Lang helped shore up a front seven that held the Jets to their second-lowest rushing output of 2010. New York rushed 29 times for 119 yards, but 20 of that came on a meaningless run by Sanchez on the game’s final play. Another 17 was earned by Steve Weatherford on a fake punt that came up a yard short in the first quarter.

Toss out those two plays and the Jets gained 82 yards on 27 attempts for an average of 3.04 yards per carry. On all but three of those plays, Green Bay held LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene and their teammates to fewer than six yards.

For all the traveling the Jets did, they got off only one snap inside the Packers’ red zone that in the third quarter. On fourth-and-one from the 19, kicker Nick Folk pushed a 37-yard field goal attempt to the right.

That miss was another reason Green Bay notched its first shutout on the road since blowing out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-0 on Oct. 27, 1991.

Eric Goska is a Press-Gazette correspondent, a Packers historian and the author of "Green Bay Packers: A Measure of Greatness," a statistical history of the Packers. E-mail him at aegoska@sbcglobal.net.

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