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Sanchez Benched as Jets Clip Cardinals

Al Bello/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.)  -- As Mark Sanchez continued to struggle, Jet fans everywhere finally got their wish.

With his team trailing 3-0 in the third quarter to an Arizona Cardinals team who intercepted Sanchez three times, Rex Ryan decided it was time for a change.

Since Tim Tebow was out with two broken ribs, it was third-stringer Greg McElroy who got the call.  He stepped in for Sanchez and led the Jets to an ugly 7-6 win over the Cardinals.

The crowd at MetLife Stadium cheered wildly as McElroy led the Jets (5-7) on an impressive 10-play drive which resulted in a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland, his first career touchdown pass.

As McElroy energized the offense, Sanchez and Tebow stood together on the sideline for the rest of the game.  He finished the game completing 5 of 7 passes for 29 yards. 

The former seventh-round pick out of Alabama who missed all of last season with a thumb injury could be in line to start next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jets' quarterback controversy got a bit more interested after the game when Ryan refused to name a starter for next week.  Tim Tebow will also be considered for the start.

Jay Feely kicked two field goals for the Cardinals, who dropped to 4-8 with the loss.

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