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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: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:54 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

jets , pats, great entertainment no matter which team your for , bring it on it go time

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:53 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

i remember Brady, Belichick, the whole Pats team talking about how the 45-3 blowout was just a game and if they face each other again it will be a different Jets team they face. I agree that it will be a much different game, but I dont give the Jets much of a chance anyways. BB has had an extra week to prepare and Rex Ryans big fat mouth about how Brady is not Manning regarding his ability will once again eat him alive. Thanks Rex for inserting your foot in your mouth again.

Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:43 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

I love it when division rivals play for a third time in the playoffs.  Especially in the Divisional round, which usually gives us some of the best football of the year.  Jets vs Pats III should be epic as should the Ravens Steelers.  Asuming that Baltimore takes care of business.  But the Hawks proved that anything can happen.  I got to think that if it doesn't happen Sunday, that these games could be prime candidates to test the new overtime rule.  DAMN I LOVE FOOTBALL!!!

Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:37 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

The last two games the Patriots and Jets have played in Foxboro the combined score is 76-17 Patriots.

So it probably won't be that entertaining well at least for Jets fans.

Go Patriots.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:28 am

Jets-Pats III promises to build on great playoffs

Bring it on!  The Pats are ready for Ryan to put his other foot "fetsh" in his mouth!

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