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Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:11 am
Edited on: January 9, 2011 12:19 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Peyton Manning marched down the field and Adam Vinatieri kicked a clutch 50-yard field goal to put the Colts up two points with 53 seconds left and a somewhat shaky Mark Sanchez needing to march the field for the Jets to win.

You'd think that would have been the end of that, but, somehow, Antonio Cromartie broke a big return, Braylon Edwards made a big catch, Sanchez hit some big throws and Rex Ryan finally got the Manning version of a monkey off his back.

There will be obligatory columns about Peyton Manning's legacy: after all, he's only 9-10 in the postseason. Seven of 11 times since making the playoffs, he's gone one-and-done. He piles up stats, but his team doesn't always win.

"Well I tell you what, it feels awesome, because this is a playoff and we're moving on," Ryan said. "The guy's the best there is and he almost did it to us again coming back, but our offense had to pick up the defense again and that's how we played all year.

It was a dogfight and we knew it would be coming here and playing against Peyton Manning and the Colts. But man, what a great feeling. What an amazing feeling."

Ryan's got bigger things to worry about than beating Peyton, of course -- early reports had the Patriots opening as nine-point favorites against the Jets next week in Foxboro.

Thankfully, because of a cornucopia of storylines, this should be one of the most entertaining weeks in the NFL postseason in a while.

Rex Ryan's Foot Fetish still looms (although if anyone wasn't going to talk about it, it's the Patriots). Ryan complained about the Pats running up the score after that recent game.

Recently, he said that Peyton Manning prepares a lot more than Tom Brady. Because, you know, there wasn't already enough reason for the Jets and Pats to really hate each other.

Fortunately, Mark Sanchez actually seemed to take a leap during the second half, meaning Bill Belichick won't completely confound the Jets' offense; whatever simplifications of the playbook Ryan and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer busted out worked brilliantly. In the first half, Sanchez looked completely lost and/or injured, as he made a critical goal-line interception and consistently overthrew receivers.

"You gotta tip our hat to our offense -- it was unbelievable," Ryan said about the halftime adjustments. "We totally dominated the second half offensively and on defense we had to hold serve. It was one of those things against Peyton where you're never going to stop him completely but our guys played well enough to get it done and keep him out of the end zone and our offense was just spectacular."

Of course, Sanchez didn't "dominate," but he only threw three incompletions in the second half. That's not as amazing when you consider how much the Jets pounded the ball, consistently piling up yardage, melting the clock, keeping the ball out of Manning's hands and doing what they do best: ground-and-pound.

That simplistic style of football won't be the basis for a ridiculous over-hyped week of media discussion about Jets-Pats III (a treat even though Manning's out of the playoffs and seeing he and Brady square off is always fun), but if Ryan's crew can keep balling the way they did in the second half Saturday, the football will be as entertaining as the sideshow.

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Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:04 pm

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

To stopwhining...  Bingo you nailed it... The Pats never have the most talented team on"paper" in any given year,but always win their fair share of games. Ill take the team playing as a team any day over a gruop of "stars" with egos playing for themselves first and showboating anyday. ANd love him or hate him Check does that year in and year out, Thats why the Pats are so dangerous every year.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:02 pm

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

I guess Gronkowski and Hernandez didn't get the memo that Patriots coaches and fans don't tolerate "showboating". I see just as much celebrating, if not more, in New England games as anywhere else. I know the self righteous fan base thinks their players are squeaky clean (even when they continue to test positive), their coach is an omnipotent genius (even when he has received the biggest fine in the history of sports for cheating), and their QB walks on water (even when he has acted very questionably in his personal life). Here is a newsflash, Pats fans. Your and your team's shite stinks, too. It's just football. Get off your soap boxes. Good luck next weekend.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 11:25 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

Anything can happen in the NFL (right New Orleans?). But I do like the Pats chances !! Did everyone see Maniing and Caldwell's faces after "the TIMEOUT". Manning was like"WTF" and Caldwell was like"Duh". We'll see if Manning let's Caldwell stay on as "coach". One problem I have with the Jets is the way they showboat, Tomlinson and Holmes. Holmes has a ring so okay, But what has Tomlinson done. He's a joke! Remember the AFC Championship game in Foxboro that he sat on the bench when his team needed him. I think he is such a phony. And his showboating shows his real character. "Look at me, Look at me". Watch the Pats and see how much showboating goes on.  Not only does the coach not put up with it but neither do we as fans of New England. Remember when instead of being personally glorified and coming out of the tunnel one by one the Pats came out as a "team". We don't have a lot of Hall of Famers and we don't have any showboaters, we just play as a "team" and win."Go Pats"!!!

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 10:23 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

Perhaps the best thing that happened for the Patriots this weekend is the Seahawks beating the Saints.  Belichick will be able to use that to show the many young players exactly what can happen if they are not as prepared and focused as they can possibly be, especially now, in the playoffs.  That should help dissipate any complacency they may have going back up against a team that they pummeled five weeks ago.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 10:13 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs


Ever hear of the Patriots?

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 10:11 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

Did anyone tell Prisco yet that the Colts lost?

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 8:26 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

If the Jets win next week????????????????? Surely you jest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2011 7:33 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

If the Jets and Ravens win next week (provided the Ravens beat the Chiefs, which is pretty likely) that'd be a nice dynamic with the teams having opened the season against each other.  It would also completely signal a changing of the guard.  Well, at least in terms of the Steelers and Colts no longer being the top teams.  I believe at least one of the Jets and Ravens will advance, but probably not both.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 5:42 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

Couldn't have said it better. The road to Dallas just got easier for Belichick with a tune-up game before the AFC Championship game!!!!!!

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 2:53 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

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