The Jets ground and pound was on full display in Indy as the tandem of Shonn Greene and LaDanian Tomlinson battered a diminutive Colts defensive front. The Jets opened the second half with a ten play 63 yard drive capped by Tomlinson’s one yard touchdown rumble. Gang Green’s offensive line trampled Indianapolis, paving the way for a 169 rushing performance. New York’s best defense was their offense’s ability to sustain drives with Peyton Manning watching helplessly from the bench as the Jets outscored Indy 17-9 in the second half. #18 would lead his team on three field goal scoring drives but alas Mark Sanchez’s late game heroics spurred the Jets to a thrilling 17-16 victory.


With less than one minute remaining in the first half, Mark Sanchez’s errant throw in the red zone cost Gang Green dearly. On third and ten from Indy’s 20 yard-line, Sanchez took the snap out of the Shotgun formation surveying the field with ample time in the pocket. #6 peered to the right side of the field then shifted his vision to Dustin Keller along the left sideline and sailed a ball high in Keller’s direction. New York’s athletic tight end attempted a circus catch, but to no avail with Colts cornerback Justin Tryon snaring the ball for the pick. The turnover proved costly as the Jets red zone trip would come up empty, with New York producing zero first half points.


On Saturday night, the New York Jets became the first team since the 1997 Minnesota Vikings to win a playoff game by a single point.


Trailing 16-14 with 53 seconds precious seconds remaining, Colts kicker Pat McAfee blasted the kickoff 3 yards deep into the end zone. Cornerback and kick returner Antonio Cromartie fielded the boot and dashed 49 yards up field; bestowing the Jets with favorable field position at their own 46 yard-line. Antonio’s return provided the Jets with a golden opportunity to drive a short field and kick the game winning field goal.


“We’ve been in some close ones this year,” quipped Rex Ryan. “To come out and pull this game out against a great football team, against a great quarterback; it took a herculean effort by our team.” “I’m just thankful for the men I coach, the coaching staff and Nick Folk. I’m thankful I finally got to beat Peyton Manning. I challenged our guys, especially at halftime, to be able to come back in that locker room and to be able to look each other in the eyes after that game. {I told them} you will know and your teammate will know that you gave everything you had. And that’s what it showed today.”


Mark Sanchez and the Cardiac Kids made their encore performance on Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Stadium. In an evenly matched heavy weight bout, the Jets dealt the final haymaker as Nick Folk’s 32 yard field goal spun through the uprights at the gun. Gang Green outlasted an Indianapolis squad that pulled the rug from New York’s magic carpet ride just one postseason ago. Rex Ryan delivered as promised as his Jets stormed in to Indy and captured an exhilarating win. The Jets march on to Foxboro, Massachusetts, as they set their sights on Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the reviled New England Patriots. Kickoff is slated for Sunday January 16th at 4:30PM; a game that is not recommended for the faint of heart.

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