Pennington, bothered for the last five games by a strained rotator cuff, moved New York into range for Doug Brien's 28-yard field goal with 5 seconds left in overtime and the Jets (search) shocked the Chargers 20-17 in a wild-card game Saturday night.
The winning drive started on the Jets 30 after Chargers rookie Nate Kaeding was wide right on a 40-yard field goal try with 4:19 left in overtime. It included an 18-yard pass from Pennington to Moss that was upheld on review.
The Jets celebrated wildly while Schottenheimer walked across the field with a far-off look on his face.
And just like that, Schottenheimer still can't win in the playoffs. Named the Coach of the Year earlier in the day, he suffered his fifth straight playoff loss dating to 1993 with the Kansas City Chiefs and fell to 5-12 in his career, which also included a stop in Cleveland.
Schottenheimer's teams have gone one-and-out eight times.
Pennington threw two touchdowns for the Jets, who led 17-7 late in the third quarter and should have won in regulation.
But the Chargers forced overtime when All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Pro Bowler Drew Brees to tie it at 17 with 11 seconds left in regulation.
It came one play after Jets linebacker Eric Barton was whistled for a personal foul for hitting Brees on the helmet with his right forearm after Brees threw a desperation pass on fourth-and-goal that was batted down in the end zone. As Brien kicked the winning field goal, Barton sighed in relief.
Pennington, who's led the Jets to three straight wins in San Diego dating to 2002, was 23-of-33 for 279 yards. Brees was 31-of-42 for 319 yards.
Pennington threw a go-ahead, 47-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss early in the third quarter.
His second TD pass of the night, it went at least 55 yards in the air and Moss caught it 2 yards deep in the end zone after getting behind safety Jerry Wilson and cornerback Quentin Jammer, giving the Jets a 14-7 lead.
The Jets ended a five-game road playoff losing streak. The last time they won on the road was Jan. 15, 1983, when they beat the Los Angeles Raiders 17-14.
The Chargers were undisciplined, including their coach.
Schottenheimer was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for running onto the field after punter Mike Scoffers took a dive in the second quarter.
The 15-yard penalty gave the Jets the ball on the San Diego 37, and Pennington hit wide-open tight end Anthony Becht on a 13-yard touchdown pass five plays later that allowed the Jets to tie it at 7 with just less than three minutes before halftime.
The Chargers, in the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons, were booed by the sellout crowd when their offense went conservative in the third quarter.
San Diego's Pro Bowl trio of Brees, Gates and LaDainian Tomlinson were largely ineffective against a Jets defense that was without Pro Bowl defensive end John Abraham, who missed his fifth straight game with a sprained right knee.
Brees did throw a sensational 26-yard touchdown pass to Keenan McCardell in the second quarter for a 7-0 lead.
McCardell made on over-the-shoulder catch, came down with his left foot and then dragged his right foot across the grass just before tumbling out of the end zone. It was initially ruled incomplete, but Schottenheimer challenged and it was overturned on replay.
With the score tied at 7 and the Chargers on the Jets 37 with 1:30 left before halftime, Brees was intercepted by Reggie Tongue after Erik Coleman tipped the ball away from McCardell.
Brien kicked a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter and San Diego's Nate Kaeding kicked a 35-yarder early in the fourth.
Brien was wide-right on a 33-yard field goal attempt on the game's opening drive.
Several players slipped even though the field was kept covered until about two hours before kickoff. Heavy rain that had been forecast didn't materialize, although there was a steady rain during most of the first quarter.