"Butt-Fumble" Returned for TD
On Thanksgiving Day 2012, in front of a huge nationwide audience against the Patriots, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was the protagonist – or some might say victim – of one of the most humiliating plays in NFL history. It occurred in the second quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, when Sanchez – attempting to improvise off a broken play – ran upfield with the ball and plowed into the backside of his own lineman, the 305-pound Brandon Moore. The collision flattened Sanchez, who fell backward and lost the ball; Patriots safety Steve Gregory recovered it and ran it back gleefully for a touchdown as a stunned Sanchez lay sprawled out on the field. The Jets, who fumbled twice more in a quarter in which they were outscored by 32 points, lost the game 49-19. In an interview afterward, a still-flabbergasted Sanchez compared the play to a “car accident;” both then and to this day, the “Butt Fumble” would become a punch line and metaphor for the woes of the New York Jets.