There were many turning points during Sunday's AFC Divisional Round game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots.
The dropped pass on 4th-and-13 late in the fourth quarter by Deion Branch was obviously a big moment. And so was the Patriots failed fake punt from their own 37-yard line -- the Jets stopped Pat Chung after he bobbled the snap and then scored a touchdown to go up 14-3 just before the half. Bill Belichick said, "We just made a bad mistake on the play," adding, "I'm not going into it."
But perhaps the biggest turning point was Santonio Holmes' touchdown. It wasn't just the timing, though that was important, too: The Patriots had scored and added a two-point conversion just before the end of the third quarter to draw closer to the Jets, 14-11. But in just 2:13, New York responded, moving the ball 75 yards on just five plays in a drive that ended in Holmes' catch (thanks in large part to a 58-yard completion to Jerricho Cotchery).
It wasn't just the immediate the response -- it was Holmes' amazing catch:
That TD put the Jets up 21-11, quieted the crowd and was a huge response when they needed it most.