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Detroit
N.Y. Jets
Game Leaders
 New York Jets San Diego Chargers
Pass: Mark Sanchez (12-23, 100) Philip Rivers (27-40, 298)
Rush: Shonn Greene (23-128) Darren Sproles (3-33)
Rec: Braylon Edwards (2-41) Vincent Jackson (7-111)
Grades
NFL
A
Complete Report Card NFL
F

The Jets played it the way they wanted to play it: Ran it and played great defense. I didn't think they could win it that way, but they did. Shonn Greene had another big day running it. What happened to the explosive Chargers' offense? The line got whipped. That's what happened. And the scheme wasn't very good. Why not more throws on first down early to dictate tempo?
 
Judgements
Time for the San Diego Chargers to draft a running back. It's not that they need a successor to LaDainian Tomlinson; it's that they need a replacement. Tomlinson has simply run out of gas. He had no rush longer than 5 yards against the Jets, and that was his first carry. Worse, six of his 12 rushes were for no more than 1 yard each. He had a magnificent career, but I wouldn't be surprised if that career -- at least in San Diego -- is over.
Top Performers
Jets
Jets RB Shonn Greene Shonn Greene scored on a 53-yard run and finished the game with 128 rushing yards .

New york Jets S Jim Leonhard Jim Leonhard made a big play by intercepting Philip Rivers deep in Chargers' territory.
Chargers
Chargers QB Philip Rivers Philip Rivers threw for 298 yards and a touchdown against a tough Jets' defense, but also threw two interceptions.

Chargers WR Vincent Jackson Vincent Jackson made catches all game long and finished with 111 receiving yards.
 
 
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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers warms up before the game. (AP)
Expert Picks (against the spread)
ExpertPickReason
Harmon: The Jets will put pressure on Philip Rivers and keep this game close.
Prisco: The Chargers love to throw it and the Jets love to run it. This is a passing league now. That's why the Chargers are the pick.
Judge: Rookie QB vs. Philip Rivers? Give me Bolts.
Madden: Jets should keep this close and low-scoring thanks to their smothering defense.
Richard: Chargers have averaged 28.375 points per game, Jets 21.75 points per game. Close enough for me.
Richard: Chargers have averaged 28.375 points per game, Jets 21.75 points per game. Close enough for me.
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Recap
Video Recap (AP) New York is halfway toward that Super Bowl parade promised by coach Rex Ryan after rookies Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene led the Jets to a stunning 17-14 upset of the San Diego Chargers in the divisional playoffs Sunday.
 
Sanchez threw a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dustin Keller three plays into the fourth quarter, then Greene gave the Jets some breathing room with a 53-yard scoring run on their next possession.
Community Take
SEC FAN: The Colts are the ones that let the Jets make the playoffs in the first place. It would be poetic justice if the Jets came in to Indy next week and kept the Colts from making it to the Super Bowl. Maybe that will help teams think long and hard before mailing it in, especially when they are playing a team hanging by a thread in the playoff hunt. The Colts will only have themselves to blame if that happens. What a joke.
chitownsouthsid: The Jets play football the way it was meant to be played. That was old-school, smash-mouth football I watched today. They remind me of the Bears teams of the 1980's. They line up and say, "We're gonna hit you in the mouth, try to stop us." I know I'm in the minority with most football fans these days, but I'd rather watch a game like this than a shootout any day. They have their work cut out for them next week, but no matter what happens, Jets fans have to be happy. Their future definitely seems really bright.
 
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