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Scoreboard
New England (12-3-0) «073717
NY Jets (3-12-0)0103316
Game Leaders
 New York Jets Cincinnati Bengals
Pass: Mark Sanchez (12-15, 182) Carson Palmer (18-36, 146)
Rush: Shonn Greene (21-135) Cedric Benson (21-169)
Rec: Dustin Keller (3-99) Laveranues Coles (6-48)
Grades
NFL
B+
Complete Report Card NFL
C

Shonn Greene ran it for 135 yards and Mark Sanchez made some timely throws and no mistakes. The latter was the key to the game. Carson Palmer struggled early on. The Bengals didn't do enough throwing the football until it was too late.
 
Judgements
Let's hear it for Mark Sanchez, not only for winning a playoff game but for getting in the last word on his former USC coach. Asked what he thought about Carroll jumping to the NFL, Sanchez said, "I just want everybody to know I completely disagree with his decision. Statistics show that it's not a good choice." Touché.
Top Performers
Jets
Jets RB Shonn Greene Shonn Greene led the Jets' rushing attack as the third-round pick rushed for 135 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown.

New york Jets CB Darrelle Revis Darrelle Revis proved that the Week 17 performance was no fluke as he held Chad Ochocinco to 28 receiving yards and also made an interception.
Bengals
Bengals RB Cedric Benson Cedric Benson made a huge impact in this game after missing Week 17 against the Jets.

Bengals WR Laveranues Coles Laveranues Coles was the only bright spot in the Bengals' passing game and he led the team's receivers with 48 yards and a touchdown.
 
 
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Bengals receiver Andre Caldwell is upended by Jets safety Jim Leonhard, which resulted in an incomplete pass. (AP)
Expert Picks (against the spread)
ExpertPickReason
Harmon: The Jets will lean on the rushing attack against a Bengals defense that struggles against the run.
Prisco: I'm not putting stock into what happened last week. This Bengals team is still one of the better ones in the conference. Carson Palmer or Mark Sanchez? Hmm.
Judge: No. 1 defense will shut down Bengals again.
Madden: Bengals laid down in Week 17. They'll be ready for Round 2.
Richard: No idea why this line isn't a PK or even NYJ -2.5. Based on how well the Jets' defense has played, I don't see them losing against a one-dimensional Cincinnati offense.
Urbano: I love nothing more than good defense, and Darrelle Revis is as good as they get.
Complete Expert Picks
Recap
Video Recap (AP) With their rookie quarterback playing mistake free, the New York Jets turned their surprising playoff appearance into a long-running production.
 
Mark Sanchez handled single-degree wind chills and the playoff pressure with no problems Saturday, throwing a touchdown pass on a rollout play, and the NFL's top running game took it from there, setting up a 24-14 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Community Take
The Jets fan: As a Jets fan, I thought the team did a good job against the pass, as usual. Not to mention, Carson Palmer played poorly, and was overthrowing the ball. He and his receivers definitely weren't on the same page. I~Rm slightly worried after watching the run defense, though. Benson gashed them for 169 yards. They've been doing a great job for most of the season, even without Kris Jenkins, but I hope they can stop LaDainian Tomlinson next week.
Czigan: The Bengals fans cried when they had no players voted into the Pro Bowl, and then the team went out and got their jock straps handed to them in consecutive victories by the Wild Card Jets. Well, it appears to me that they got the representation in the Pro Bowl that they earned... and that was a big fat ZERO. If you want to talk the walk, your team better walk the talk. And they sure as heck left their game plan in the locker room. Well good luck next year, Bengals. Remember, though, that Cleveland won their last five games in 2009, the Ravens are HOT, and the Steelers will have Troy back. Ouch. See you next year.
 
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